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BOTOX

3

for Overactive
Bladder
Is this treatment
right for you?
BY HOLLY COOPER FORD

A

s many as 40 percent of
American women live with
overactive bladder. The true
count is probably much higher, as
this estimate includes only those who
report their symptoms, according to
the Urology Care Foundation.
For millions of women, overactive
bladder comes with often embarrassing symptoms that can greatly
affect quality of life, including:

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Feeling a sudden urge to urinate
that's difficult to control
Having accidental leaks immediately after an urgent need to go
Waking at night two or more
times to urinate
Therapies such as behavior
changes and medications can
bring relief for some women. But
when these methods fail to help,
Botox injections can be a game

changer, says urogynecologist Elisa
Trowbridge, MD, division director
for UVA Female Pelvic Medicine
and Reconstructive Surgery. "These
are women who have to go to the
bathroom all the time, day and
night, and nothing works for them,"
Dr. Trowbridge says.
Compared with other options,
results from the Botox treatment are
impressive. "In 10 minutes, around
a third of patients are completely
cured," Dr. Trowbridge says. "Sixty
percent have a 50 percent reduction
in the number of accidents they
have. And you're doing all this with
next to no complications or side
effects. It's a great option for patients
who have suffered for so long."
Adds UVA Health urogynecologist Monique Vaughan, MD:
"Women with overactive bladder
should consider asking their
provider for a referral to a urogynecologist sooner rather than
later. After a patient has failed conservative therapy and had no results
with one medication, then it's a
good idea to start the conversation
about Botox therapy so they can
be screened for eligibility." *

UVA Health Urogynecology Experts

Find Out More

Elisa
Trowbridge, MD

Monique
Vaughan, MD

Medicare and other major insurers cover Botox as a
treatment for overactive bladder if medication and behavioral
therapy have been ineffective. Botox typically loses its effect after
about six to nine months, so the procedure is typically performed
twice a year as necessary. Learn more and meet the experts at
uvahealth.com/botox-bladder.

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