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May 2015

Not just for wrinkles: Urologists using Botox to treat overactive bladder, urinary incontinence

By: Arkansas Urology

 

(May 19, 2015) More than two years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) to treat adults with overactive bladder, and the drug’s use for urinary incontinence was approved by the FDA almost five years ago.

That’s right. Botox isn’t only used to rid the face of wrinkles. Botox can also be injected into the bladder to relax it, providing an increase in its storage capacity and a decrease in urinary incontinence. We have seen the positive effects of the proper use of Botox to improve overactive bladder symptoms and urinary incontinence.


Overactive bladder is a type of bladder-control problem that affects more than 33 million Americans of all ages. It occurs when the bladder contracts more often than necessary, even when the bladder is not full.

Symptoms of an overactive bladder can include an urgent, uncontrollable need to urinate; an involuntary loss of urine; frequent urination (typically eight more times in a 24-hour period); and waking up to urinate at night two or more times.

Though overactive bladder is a common medical condition, many patients may feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it. However, it is important to communicate with your doctor about your overactive bladder so it can be properly treated.

Urinary incontinence, or uncontrolled urine loss, is more common than most people think. In fact, more than 17 million Americans have urinary incontinence. But urinary incontinence is not a normal process of aging and can occur in patients of all ages.

Under normal conditions, the bladder stores urine until it is voluntarily released. This involves a complex interaction between the brain, spinal cord and bladder. Anything that interferes with this interaction can make a person incontinent.

Incontinence is not life threatening, but it does have negative social implications. You may lose your self-esteem and experience depression, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. Your fear of urine loss may become an obsession. You may lose your sense of sexuality. You may distance yourself from friends and loved ones or limit social interaction outside the home.

The good news is that incontinence can typically be corrected or improved to the point that it no longer interferes with daily activities.

Clinical studies show that Botox relieves symptoms. Randomized, controlled trials show complete continence in patients treated with Botox in as many as 55 percent of cases. The medicine is an effective treatment for overactive bladder and results in a significant improvement in the quality of life of patients.

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Authors:
Dr. Edwin Diaz
is certifi
ed by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, Endourological Society, Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Urologic Society and Pulaski County Medical Society. He practices medicine at Arkansas Urology in North Little Rock.

A Little Rock native and Arkansas Baptist graduate, Dr. Taylor Moore completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is a member of the American Urologic Association and the American Medical Association, and recently presented an abstract for the American Urologic Associations South Central Section. He practices medicine at Arkansas Urology clinics in Little Rock and Heber Springs.

 


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February 2015

Welcome, Lindsey Galloway!

By: Arkansas Urology

 

APN joins OUR Center of excellence for women’s & Pelvic Health



LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 27, 2015) –
Lindsey Galloway, R.N., APN, of Little Rock has joined Arkansas Urology at its Little Rock clinic.

A registered nurse and a certified nurse practitioner, Galloway will work in conjunction with Arkansas Urology’s physicians to coordinate comprehensive, quality healthcare in the clinic’s Center of Excellence for Women’s & Pelvic Health.

“APNs are an integral part of the care team here at Arkansas Urology,” said E. Scot Davis, CEO of Arkansas Urology. “With her advanced training and education, Lindsey is licensed to diagnose health issues and prescribe medications. Her skills complement our physicians’ skills and expand our clinic’s capacity to see, treat and heal patients.”

Galloway earned her APN certification and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Galloway is also certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), and is a registered Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor.

Prior to joining Arkansas Urology, she was a nurse in the pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care units at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“APNs are becoming more and more critical to the delivery of quality medical care across the industry,” said Dr. Tim Langford, president of Arkansas Urology. “Here at Arkansas Urology, we will continue to expand our team with physicians, APNs, physician assistants, RNs and others who demonstrate the level of compassion, skill and expertise our patients expect from our clinics.”

 


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July 2014

Women’s Health a focus of Arkansas Urology

By: Arkansas Urology

Arkansas Urology provides comprehensive treatment services to men and women of all ages. We know that every patient has different needs, but this is particularly important when it comes to women’s health.

For example, about one-third of women will suffer from pelvic prolapse at some point in their lives. This disorder occurs when an organ becomes displaced, or slips down in the body. The pelvic floor muscles normally form a kind of hammock across the pelvic opening to keep the pelvic organs in place. With pelvic prolapse, these muscles weaken or become stretched, causing the organs to “droop.”

While both men and women can experience urinary incontinence, 80 percent of the 17 million affected Americans are women. Urinary incontinence, or uncontrolled urine loss, can occur in women of all ages.

Thirty percent of all men and 40 percent of all women in the U.S. live with overactive bladder symptoms. This occurs when the bladder muscle contracts more often than necessary, even when the bladder isn’t full. This constant contraction causes sudden, overwhelming urges to urinate.

At Arkansas Urology, we have the dedicated staff, state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge procedures to meet the needs of our patients. We strive to ensure that your corrective treatment and recovery will be faster and more comfortable so you can return to the full, satisfying lifestyle you deserve.


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