Overactive Bladder and Bladder Control Treatments
Overactive Bladder and incontinence affect both men and women. The sudden urge to urinate and frequent urination can have a significant impact on daily life for many adults. Cape Cod Healthcare offers a variety of treatments – medical, surgical and rehabilitational – that can improve bladder symptoms and allow patients to return to the activities they enjoy.
For men and women
Injections can treat men and women with Overactive Bladder symptoms, like leaking, frequent urination and sudden urges to urinate. Targeting the bladder muscle, these injections treat the source of Overactive Bladder and can begin reducing leaking symptoms in as little as one week. Results from the treatment may last as long as 12 months.
Implant devices use Sacral Neuromodulation to control bladder symptoms in patients for whom medications, exercise and dietary changes haven’t been effective. This electronic device is implanted in a minimally invasive procedure and provides gentle electrical stimulation to help correct the communication between the bladder and the brain.
PTNS, or Percutaneous Tibial Neurostimulation, is an office-based bladder control therapy delivered by the NURO™ System to restore bladder function by gently stimulating the tibial nerve. During 12 weekly, 30-minute treatments, an acupuncture-like needle delivers stimulation to the tibial nerve in your leg that improves the signals sent from your brain to your bladder, improving continence.
Also for women
For women experiencing incontinence, there are other treatments that can alleviate Stress Incontinence – the leakage that occurs while exercising, coughing, laughing or engaging in other activities that place stress on the bladder. In addition to treatments above, Cape Cod Healthcare offers:
Coaptite, an injectable uretheral bulking material, is used to fill out the tissues surrounding the urethra, proving additional support to prevent the leaking of urine.
A urethral sling can support the pelvic floor, providing stability that prevents urine leakage, when implanted in this same-day procedure. Tension-free Vaginal Tape (TVT) is used to close the tension around the urethra when abdominal pressure places pressure on the bladder during coughing, sneezing, laughing or physical activity.