Botox Injections Now Used For Severe Urinary Incontinence
Botox injection has been around in the market since 2002. It has been introduced as a wrinkle reducer. Then it was discovered to treat migraines, underarm sweating and other conditions. No one would have ever known that it will be useful even in treating severe urinary incontinence! This is the 7th known use for Botox injection duly approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It would really be of a great help when medication and behavioral modification render to be ineffective. If the combination of these two treatment regimen fails, then Botox injections is needed as an aggressive approach to urinary incontinence.
Charles Nager MD, co-director of the UC San Diego Women’s Pelvic Medicine Center at UC San Diego Health System, reported that around eighty percent of patients with neurological conditions see improvement after a week and these results can last four to nine months. Patients having urinary incontinence from Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries have all enjoyed the results from Botox injections. The patient undergoes an outpatient procedure. A local numbing gel is used and the 15 to 20 injections will be distributed in different areas of the bladder muscle afterwards.
Nevertheless, the UC San Diego Health System still recruits volunteers for the clinical trials to test Botox injections versus Sacral Nerve Stimulation. The latter is still an outpatient procedure done under a local anesthesia. A small device is placed under the skin which can send electrical impulses to the nerves that control urination. The result can predict the better treatment for urinary incontinence between the options.