Have you ever felt like you can’t control your bladder like you could when you were younger? Do you wake at night having to use the bathroom or urinate more than seven times each day? These are all common symptoms of Overactive Bladder Syndrome.
Overactive Bladder Syndrome can have a significant effect on quality of life, and affects approximately 15% of the adult population. The management of Overactive Bladder Syndrome involves the exclusion of underlying pathology, however in most cases it can be successfully treated using lifestyle interventions, pelvic floor exercises and bladder training.
Specialists at the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence provide a range of procedural interventions including Botulinum Toxin injections and Sacral Nerve Stimulation. Injection of botulinum toxin into the overactive bladder muscle will relax it and relieve the symptoms of frequency, urgency, nocturia and urinary urge incontinence. The use of sacral nerve stimulation has been widely employed as a treatment for faecal incontinence, however following recent changes in the Medical Benefits Schedule this therapy is now available for patients experiencing urinary incontinence.