An estimated 33 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, though fewer than half seek medical attention. For stigma-free care with compassion, visit Bladder Health & Reconstructive Urology Institute in Aventura, Miramar or West Palm Beach, Florida, to get help. Angelo Gousse, MD, has provided expert care and support to patients with overactive bladder for more than 25 years to allow you to live your life free from accidents and embarrassment. Set up a visit today by calling the office nearest you or scheduling online.
Overactive Bladder Q & A
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a collection of symptoms that lead to an urgent or frequent need to urinate. OAB may be characterized by the following signs:
- Uncontrollable urge to urinate
- Having to go to the bathroom multiple times throughout the day and night, typically more than eight times in a 24-hour period
- Leaking of urine (incontinence)
You may also worry that you won’t make it to a bathroom in time and may leak urine or have an accident before you can visit the restroom.
With OAB, your bladder may send signals to your brain before it’s full or your brain may signal that you need to urinate when it’s not necessary.
OAB also occurs when bladder muscles become overactive and contract irregularly. This puts pressure on your bladder sphincters, leading to a strong urge to urinate and potentially allowing urine to leak.
OAB may be accompanied by incontinence or a leaking of urine. There are different types of incontinence, including:
Stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence leads to leaking when your bladder is under stress, caused by pressure from coughing, sneezing, exercising, or something similar.
Urge incontinence is the most common symptom of OAB and causes a strong urge to urinate when your bladder muscles spasm.
Mixed urinary incontinence
Mixed urinary incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence. You may experience leaking due to pressure on your bladder or spasms of your bladder muscles.
Overflow incontinence prevents the bladder from signaling the brain when it’s full. This can cause leaking or may prevent you from emptying your bladder fully when you use the bathroom.
Functional incontinence occurs when physical or functional impairments prevent you from reaching the bathroom in time to urinate. This is common among the elderly and physically disabled.
Dr. Gousse determines which type of urinary incontinence you have if you experience leakage.
Dr. Gousse offers a variety of treatment options to relieve OAB symptoms. Common treatments include:
- Behavioral modifications and physical therapy
- Products, including absorbent pads and catheters
- Medications, including Botox® — pioneered by Dr. Gousse and FDA-approved for OAB treatment
- Sacral nerve stimulation
- Surgical procedures
Depending on your needs, Dr. Gousse may recommend one or more of these options to help you.
Don’t suffer from overactive bladder symptoms — schedule a visit with Dr. Gousse today by calling or booking online.