Overactive Bladder Specialist
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Around 33 million Americans live with an overactive bladder and cope with sudden and severe urges to urinate. If this sounds familiar, contact the expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta. The team provides state-of-the-art testing to diagnose your condition and personalized treatments to relieve your symptoms and restore your urinary health. You don’t need to limit your life because of your urinary needs. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
What is an overactive bladder?
An overactive bladder is a urinary condition characterized by frequent, sudden, and urgent needs to urinate. It can be hard to control or stop and can make everyday events stressful or impossible, as you feel like you must be close to a bathroom at all times.
If you have an overactive bladder, you urinate several times, typically eight or more, every day. You also most likely wake up multiple times throughout the night to use the bathroom.
What causes an overactive bladder?
Your urinary function starts in your kidneys, which filter waste products out of your blood. Your kidneys send the liquid waste through ureters to your bladder. As your bladder becomes full, it sends nerve signals to your brain, letting you know it’s time to empty. When you urinate, you relax the muscles around your bladder and urethra to release urine.
Overactive bladder symptoms occur because of abnormal muscle activity in your pelvic floor, particularly around your bladder. Some of the factors that contribute to an overactive bladder include:
- Neurological disorders
- Urinary tract infections
- Menopause-related hormonal changes
- Abnormalities in your bladder such as tumors or bladder stones
- Urine flow obstructions, like enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, incontinence treatments
While your risk of developing an overactive bladder increases with age, it’s not a normal part of aging. It’s best not to ignore abnormalities or changes in your urinary habits as your symptoms may become progressively worse or be a sign of a more severe health problem.
What treatments are available for overactive bladder?
The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta begins with a thorough exam and testing to identify the specific condition causing your symptoms. They often use a urodynamic test to assess how the bladder is releasing urine and when. Your doctor might combine urodynamic testing with cystoscopy, a procedure in which a thin tube affixed with a small camera is inserted into the urethra to examine the bladder’s lining.
Once your urologist understands your condition and its cause, they create a customized treatment plan to restore your normal bladder function and relieve your symptoms.
Today there are more viable options than ever before to treat and manage an overactive bladder. Oral medications can help relax the bladder and decrease the urge to urinate as often. BOTOXⓇ injections directly into the bladder can partially paralyze muscles to relieve the feeling of constantly having to urinate.
Other options include:
- Uroplasty: a series of 12 weekly 30-minutes in-office treatments that use mild electrical impulses to reduce the frequency and urgency of urination
- InTone®: a device that uses noninvasive electrical stimulation and biofeedback to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- InterStim™: a small device implanted under the skin of one of the upper buttocks that gently stimulates the sacral nerves to facilitate proper bladder function
Call or book an appointment online with Urology of Greater Atlanta to learn more about overactive bladder and the many treatments available.
Our urologist team operates out of several offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.