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Don’t Let Overactive Bladder Ruin Your Summer Fun

If you’ve been diagnosed with overactive bladder (OAB), and haven’t found relief for your symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that may work wonders for you. OAB can have a major impact on your life, with frustrating incontinence and frequent urges to urinate with little or no warning. At Advanced Urology Associates’ OAB Center of Excellence, a treatment program will be customized to address your specific needs.

“OAB affects both men and women, and treatment options are similar for both,” said Carrie DeFuss, a Urology Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Urology Associates. “Depending on a patient’s symptoms, we may begin with a Bladder Function Test, Urodynamics, which tells us what the bladder muscle is doing, and helps confirm the diagnosis.”

Once diagnosed, OAB patients follow a treatment algorithm developed by AUA. “We have a Nurse Navigator who helps each patient follow a specific treatment path,” said DeFuss. “First line treatment starts with Pelvic Floor Therapy, which works well for up to 85% of patients, for up to three years. The next step involves trying medications to eliminate or reduce symptoms of OAB.”

If a patient doesn’t respond to medication, the third line treatment involves Botox injections or percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, a neuromodulation therapy that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control the bladder. “The biggest misconception regarding OAB treatment is that if a patient tries one or two medications that don’t work, that there aren’t other options available,” added DeFuss. “One thing that differentiates our program is that we provide a Nurse Navigator and a Urodynamicist who work in concert with one of our Urologists to track our patients’ progress. This follow-up procedure allows us to determine whether current therapies are effective, or whether changes need to be made to the treatment plan.”

Questions About Overactive Bladder?

For more information about effective treatments for OAB in men and women, or to schedule a consultation, Contact our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.