Overactive Bladder

Urology Of Greater Atlanta -  - Urologist

Urology Of Greater Atlanta

Urologists located in Stockbridge, GA & Griffin, GA

Overactive Bladder Specialist
Overactive bladder, a condition in which you have the constant, sudden and often uncontrollable urge to urinate, can be both embarrassing and isolating. However, there are many effective treatments, from behavioral interventions to medications. At Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in Metro Atlanta, our top-rated urologists have helped countless patients overcome this socially debilitating condition. Call or make an appointment online to discuss your options.

Overactive Bladder Q & A

What is an overactive bladder?

An overactive bladder causes the frequent and sudden urge to urinate. It can be hard to control or stop and can make everyday events stressful or impossible, as being near a bathroom takes priority. An overactive bladder causes sufferers to urinate multiple times a day, typically eight or more, and wake up numerous times during the night to urinate.

What causes an overactive bladder?

While an overactive bladder is common among older adults, it's not a normal condition of aging. The constant urge to urinate is the result of an involuntary contraction of the bladder muscles indicating the need to use the bathroom even when the bladder isn’t full. The specific cause of an overactive bladder is unknown and can vary from person to person.

What treatments are available for overactive bladder?

The first step is to obtain an accurate diagnosis. This is achieved through a urodynamic test to assess how the bladder is releasing urine and when. This test may be used in conjunction with cystoscopy, a procedure in which a thin tube affixed with a small camera is inserted into the urethra to examine the lining of the bladder.

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.

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