Overactive Bladder (OAB) Basics
OAB or overactive bladder is the name given to a group of bladder function problems that involves the most common symptom of a sudden urge or uncontrolled need to urinate. This urinary issue occurs more in women than men. Several causes have been attributed to the occurrence of OAB, including weak muscles, nerve damage, urinary tract infections, excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine, being overweight, and use of certain medications. Sadly, there is no complete cure for this urinary condition. However, urologists in Kolkata adopt several treatment approaches to manage the symptoms.
Should You Stop Taking OAB Medications
If you have not recently experienced any discomfort or flare ups, chances are the medicines prescribed by your urologist are doing their job. You should always follow the course and dosage as directed by the doctor, otherwise the following symptoms may recur:
- Frequent urination at night or bedwetting
- The uncontrollable urge to urinate
- Leaking urine
What Medications are prescribed for Overactive Bladder
The best urologist at Medithics Clinic in Kolkata may suggest you to try behavioural techniques before recommending any medication. The medications, however, work very well to help you with regaining normal bladder functions. You may consult your doctor about the benefits and risks of the following prescription medications.
- Oxybutynin, oxybutynin TDDS, oxybutynin XL
- Oxybutynin Gel
Beta-3 Adrenergic Medication
Does Nerve Stimulation Help Improve OAB
Several treatment options, involving stimulation of nerves, exist that helps improve OAB. This is a reversible procedure done by the best urologist doctor in Kolkata when all the conservative treatment approaches have either not been well tolerated or not worked. The conservative treatments are behavioural therapies (bladder retaining, biofeedback, pelvic muscle exercises, and diet modifications) and medications.
The various nerve stimulation treatments offered by our team of urology specialists in Kolkata include:
Sacral Nerve Stimulation
It is a therapy that uses electrical stimulation technique to control the bladder. The sacral nerve stimulation involves placement of a small neurotransmitter beneath the upper buttock region. This therapeutic treatment reduces the number of bedwetting episodes and offers good overall efficacy.
Percutaneous Tibial Stimulation
This is a procedure performed in an outpatient setting and involves delivery of small nerve impulses to a branch of nerves located near the ankle, which stimulated bladder control.
This treatment is performed by experienced urologists in Kolkata by injecting Botox A into the urinary bladder wall with the help of a small cystoscope. It is an extremely beneficial therapy, even for those who did not have good results with the other therapies.