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Interstitial Cystitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Interstitial cystitis — also called painful bladder syndrome — is a chronic condition defined by bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. The bladder expands until it’s full and then signals the brain that it’s time to urinate, communicating through the pelvic nerves. This creates the urge...

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In-Stream Bladder Pacemakers (for Overactive Bladder)

For women whose overactive bladders have not been settled by standard therapies, a pacemaker for bladder function can alleviate urinary urgency and leakage problems, dramatically improving quality of life. The surgery itself is done on an outpatient basis, and usually occurs in two stages. In the first stage, patients are given a mild sedative while...

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Bladder Lift

The bladder lift procedure aims to correct urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence in women often occurs when pressure is placed on the bladder. This can be caused by urethra that sags and inadvertently opens during everyday activities, such as coughing or sneezing. The bladder lift involves the placement of mesh tape under the urethra to keep...

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Collagen Injection for Bladder Sphincter Weakness

Collagen implants are one method to help treat incontinence due to a weak sphincter.  Collagen is a protein naturally found in the body of animals and humans.  Implanting (injecting) animal collagen into the urethra may help close the sphincter and restore most or all control over urine flow.  Collagen implants are usually done in the...

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Bladder Slings for Stress Incontinence

For some women, symptoms of stress incontinence or overactive bladder don’t respond to conservative treatment. When urinary incontinence markedly disrupts life, surgery may be an option. During a sling procedure, the surgeon uses strips of synthetic mesh and tissue (from the patient or a donor) to create a sling or “hammock” under the urethra or...

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Botox Injections in Bladder for Urge Incontinence

Overactive bladder is marked by a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, which can lead to the involuntary loss of urine, called urge incontinence. Botox works by relaxing the bladder muscle. It is FDA-approved to treat urinary incontinence due to overactive bladder related to nerve damage from conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spine injury.

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Diagnostic Urodynamics

Urodynamics is a group of diagnostic test procedures to assess how the bladder and urethra are functioning with respect to storing and releasing urine. Generally speaking, urodynamic testing provides precise measurements using sophisticated instruments to assess the bladder’s ability to eliminate urine steadily and completely. The tests help physicians determine: any difficulty experienced in starting...

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Cystoscopies

Cystoscopy is a test that allows specialists to look at the inside of the bladder and the urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope. The cystoscope is inserted into the urethra and slowly advanced into the bladder. This procedure allows specialists to look at areas of the bladder and urethra that usually do...