Interventional Therapy for Urinary Incontinence
If incontinence is caused by muscle spasms in the bladder, Botox (Botulinum toxin) may be the answer. Injected into the muscles of the bladder while the patient is under anesthesia, Botox blocks the chemicals that cause the spasms. Botox can provide relief for nine months to a year.
Bulking agents such as collagen are space-filling materials that are injected under anesthesia into the tissue around the urethra to tighten the sphincter muscles and prevent leakage.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation (Interstim Therapy)
Sacral nerve stimulation is an advanced therapy that works as a pacemaker for the bladder, sending continuous electrical impulses to the sacral nerve. These impulses control the bladder’s voiding function, reducing or eliminating urge incontinence in most patients. The doctors at The Urology Place specialize in this procedure. They surgically implant a thin wire with an electrode tip near the nerve, connecting the wire to a subcutaneously implanted nerve stimulator. On occasion, we can even able to place an initial test simulator in the office, allowing patients to experience what life would be like without the bothersome urgency before making the final decision on the implant.
The Urology Place is committed to helping patients achieve freedom from inhibiting urinary problems such as urgency and incontinence. The Urology Place in San Antonio is available to help with diagnoses and customized plans for resolution. At The Urology Place, our doctors have the skill and experience to help each patient resume normal activity and enjoy life.