Overactive Bladder (OAB) affects men and women of all ages. What some people don't realize is that there are many treatment options available to address the problem and help you get your life back.
"A lot of our patients come in complaining that their bladder leaks, or that they have to urinate all the time," explained Angela Noti, Urodynamicist with Advanced Urology Associates. "It affects their quality of life, and it doesn't have to be that way."
Advanced Urology's Overactive Bladder Center of Excellence focuses on helping patients with their overactive bladder symptoms. "We have women and men, young and old, who suffer from leakage and frequent urination," added Noti. "We encourage everyone suffering from these symptoms to come in and talk with us about it. We're also happy to send information through the mail."
The causes of OAB can be difficult to determine, but a care path is developed and customized for each patient. "We start with behavior modifications, including keeping a diary of what patients drink and how often they urinate. We have them reduce fluid intake, quit smoking, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. For many patients, this cures their symptoms."
The next step is therapy, which can include Kegel exercises and other physical therapies. As a Urodynamicist, Noti performs diagnostic studies to assess the bladder muscle's function; this information is then used to customize a therapy plan for each patient. "Therapy also offers very high success rates," added Noti. "It really changes people's lives."
If necessary, the next step is to try medication to alleviate symptoms of OAB. "The medications allow the bladder to hold more, and can prevent leaking and the strong and frequent urge to urinate," added Noti. "For those who can't be on medication due to other meds they're taking, we offer a variety of surgical options, many of which don't require anesthesia." For more information about OAB symptoms and treatment options, please contact:
Advanced Urology Associates
New Lenox: 815-726-3110