What Is Overactive Bladder?
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a urologic condition that affects both men and women, though it tends to be more common among women. As a form of urinary incontinence (accidental urine loss), it can result in a frequent or urgent need to urinate, bladder discomfort, and other symptoms. Many patients find OAB to be a significant inconvenience and even embarrassing, as it may lead to routine disruptions in their daily lives. At Kasraeian Urology, our experienced specialists understand the difficulties that symptoms of an overactive bladder and bladder dysfunction can cause. Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian use their advanced skill and expertise to diagnose and treat OAB and help patients gain better control of their bladder function and an improved quality of life. If you have trouble holding your bladder or find yourself experiencing urinary urgency, schedule a visit with one of our board-certified urologists in Jacksonville or Jacksonville Beach, FL to explore personalized treatment options.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER TREATMENT?
Ideal candidates for overactive bladder treatment with InterStim or Axionics therapy are men and women who are experiencing urgency incontinence and/or the symptoms of urgency incontinence, do not have an obstruction in the urinary tract, and have not responded to more conservative therapies.
What Are the Symptoms of Overactive Bladder?
One of the most prominent overactive bladder symptoms is a strong need to urinate. Along with this sense of urinary urgency, you may feel as though you will lose bladder control if you do not relieve the sensation as quickly as possible. Other common symptoms of OAB include:
- Frequent urination
- Urinary incontinence (urine leakage)
- Nocturia (nighttime urination)
- The feeling of having a full bladder
What Causes an Overactive Bladder?
Causes of OAB vary among patients but commonly include a weakened bladder muscle or muscle spasms, obesity, certain medications, caffeine or alcohol consumption, and nerve damage. Kasraeian Urology offers a caring, confidential environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your OAB symptoms or bladder dysfunction during a private consultation with one of our specialists.
How is Overactive Bladder Diagnosed?
To diagnose an overactive bladder, one of our experienced urologists will conduct an exam to help identify the source of the condition. Together, you can then curate a personalized solution for gaining control of your overactive bladder and relieving your symptoms. Urodynamics testing is a diagnostic approach commonly used to measure pressure in the bladder and evaluate muscle contractions or spasms. This may involve a collection of assessments that provide valuable insight into how your bladder, urethra, and sphincters control the containment and release of urine.
How Do You Treat Overactive Bladder?
Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL proudly offers two state-of-the-art treatments for overactive bladder.
Treatment may involve lifestyle changes or focus on bladder control therapy, such as the advanced option of InterStim™. As a sacral neuromodulation treatment, InterStim transmits electrical pulses to nerves in the lower spinal cord (sacral area), which ultimately helps control bladder function. By stimulating the sacral nerves, InterStim may aid in improving muscle control of the bladder and reducing OAB symptoms.
We also offer Axonics to help with overactive bladder. Axonics provides the patient gentle stimulation to the nerves controlling the bladder/bowel to help the patient control their bladder and reduce symptoms.
Overactive Bladder (OAB) FAQ
What are the risk factors for overactive bladder?
The most common risk factor for overactive bladder is aging. As we grow older, we are more likely to develop OAB. Other factors that can cause OAB include an enlarged prostate, diabetes, obesity, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, muscle weakness, nerve damage, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and some medications.
Can overactive bladder go away on its own?
While there are things you can do to improve the situation, for the most part, OAB is a chronic condition. This means you may be able to reduce the effects and severity, but OAB will never completely go away on its own. That's why you should always consult a urologist with your concerns.
How can I prevent overactive bladder?
Just because OAB is a chronic condition, that doesn't mean there aren't things you can do to help. Here are a few tips to help reduce the effects of OAB:
- Consult a urologist for a personalized treatment plan
- Drink the daily recommended amount of water at regular intervals
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
- Get regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Try pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises)
- Manage chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, obesity)
- Quit smoking
Can overactive bladder be managed long-term?
Yes, with proper treatment and management, many individuals with an overactive bladder can experience significant improvement in symptoms and lead normal, active lives.
Is an overactive bladder a normal part of aging?
No, although the prevalence of an overactive bladder increases with age, it is not considered a normal part of the aging process. It is a medical condition that can and should be addressed.
Can stress or anxiety aggravate overactive bladder symptoms?
Yes, stress and anxiety can exacerbate overactive bladder symptoms. It's important to manage stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and potentially with the help of a mental health professional.
Overcome Bladder Control Problems
Take back control of your bladder and minimize urinary frequency with specialized care from Kasraeian Urology. Our skilled, compassionate urologists offer private, personalized consultations at our Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL locations, as well as virtual telemedicine visits. Contact our team today to inquire about insurance coverage for OAB care, treatment costs, or to schedule your consultation with Drs. Kasraeian.
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