Surgical Treatment for Overactive Bladder Syndrome
The bladder disorder known as overactive bladder syndrome may be treated with medications or pelvic exercises, but in extreme cases surgery may be the only alternative. One type of surgical treatment is bladder augmentation. This is a procedure whereby the bladder is enlarged either by adding tissue from the body or through the removal of the detrusor muscle from inside the bladder lining. While this method may be effective it is usually a matter of last resort because it often leaves the patient dependent on an intermittent straight catheter for the rest of their life.
Enterocystoplasty is the most widely used method of bladder enlargement. Tissue from the body (traditionally from the small or large intestine) is used to create a patch, which will increase the bladder’s capacity. This surgery is done either laproscopically or through an abdominal incision. This increase in capacity will allow the body to better store urine and hold it longer without the excessive need for urination.
This surgery is effective and boasts a high success rate of over 75%. The hospital stay is usually limited to a week and recovery is usual uncomplicated. However, there are risks associated with this procedure just like all surgeries. Infection and bleeding are common short-term problems. Long-term issues can be bladder or kidney stones, urinary tract infections and even ruptures of the bladder.
Not all patients suffering from overactive bladder syndrome are good candidates for this surgery, though. A urologist may want to test bladder pressure and other factors to determine how successful the surgery is likely to be. This is also a primary time to discuss the risks and possible long-term implications to test the mental readiness of an incontinence patient. While not for everyone, this procedure has become an increasingly common and effective way to surgically treat overactive bladder syndrome.Surgical Treatment for Overactive Bladder Syndrome,
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