Botox and Bladder Control

Botox is a drug that is derived from the botulinium toxin.  It may sound scary, but botox is actually used all over the body for multiple medical conditions from chronic migraines to cosmetics.  

In the bladder, botox relaxes the bladder muscle allowing it to store more urine and not involuntary squeeze causing urgency and urge incontinence.  About 80% of women will experience significant improvement in their overactive bladder symptoms.

The procedure is most commonly done in the doctor's office and no anesthesia or down time is required.  The medication wears off between 3 and 12 months and re-treatments are required.

 

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Fareesa Khan Dr. Khan is the physician owner of Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.

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