Botox de-innervation of the bladder is an out-patient procedure that can be used to treat severe bladder symptoms by blocking the ability of some nerves to communicate with bladder or sphincter muscles.
Bladder BOTOX® is injected using a specialized scope and needle injection into the bladder muscle used to treat Overactive Bladder (OAB) symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence), a strong need to urinate right away (urgency), and urinating often (frequency) in adults 18 years and older when another type of medicine (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken. The out-patient procedure takes about 15 minutes or less and can be done under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. In the vast majority of patients, it can be done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Rarely, a catheter will be required for a couple of days after the procedure.
Bladder BOTOX® works by calming the nerves that trigger the overactive bladder muscle, helping to:
- Reduce daily leakage episodes (accidents)
- Treat the strong need to urinate right away
- Reduce the number of times you need to empty your bladder daily