BOTOX® Bladder Treatment: What to Expect
If you and your doctor decide that BOTOX® is right for you, very often it can be administered right in the urologist's or urogynecologist's office.
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One BOTOX® treatment can last up to 6 months before the effects wear off. As your symptoms return, talk to your doctor about repeating the treatment to help control your symptoms, but no sooner than 12 weeks from prior treatment.
Here's what you can expect before your BOTOX® treatment:
- You should not receive BOTOX® if you have a urinary tract infection. You will be given a preventative antibiotic to take prior to your BOTOX® appointment to help prevent infection
- You will be given a numbing agent, maybe in combination with a sedative, to keep you relaxed and comfortable during the procedure
- Once your bladder is numb, a small tube called a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra (the natural opening where the urine comes out)
- BOTOX® goes through the cystoscope and is administered with a small needle into multiple areas of your bladder muscle
- The treatment itself only takes approximately 30 minutes. Then you will be observed for about 30 minutes, and your doctor will make sure you have emptied your bladder before you leave the office
You should not experience significant pain after treatment, although it may sting or burn when you urinate the first few times. You may also see some blood in the urine right after treatment.
Please read more about side effects and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.
What is a cystoscope?
A cystoscope is a thin, lighted tube that provides access and visibility inside your bladder. Cystoscopy is a very common procedure, and while it may not sound familiar, there's a good chance you've already experienced a cystoscopy if your urologist or urogynecologist initially worked through determining the cause of your bladder issues.
How long does one BOTOX® treatment last?Watch the video to learn more.
Ready for a different type of OAB treatment option? Start a productive discussion with your urologist or urogynecologist today.