Botox for bladders

Botox can dramatically improve a person’s life in a way that isn’t about what he or she sees in a mirror, says Dr Philip Hall, consultant gynaecologist at St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay.
“Basically, for anyone struggling with urinary incontinence, Botox can take the wrinkles out of their bladder and make it work better.”

The Director of the Pelvic Medicine Centre at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane, said Botox was a prescription medicine that could be injected into the bladder muscle to treat overactive bladder symptoms.

“These include the strong need to urinate with leakage, urgency and frequency in adults when other medications cannot be taken.”

Dr Hall said incontinence was not a part of normal aging and people should not suffer in silence.

“As well as Botox, the treatment of prolapse and urinary incontinence includes sacral neuromodulation and other minimally invasive techniques.

“With sacral neuromodulation, a small device, similar to a pacemaker, is surgically implanted to send mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerves.

"Located near the tailbone, the sacral nerves control the bladder and the muscles related to urination.”

Continence is among the health topics Dr Hall is happy to discuss with people who visit St Stephen’s at the Fraser Coast Seniors’ Expo at the Hervey Bay Baptist Church at Nikenbah on 5 August*.

This is a rare opportunity for local people to chat with Dr Hall who is passionate about regional women’s health and specialises in pelvic floor reconstructions for prolapse and incontinence as well as other aspects of urognaecology. He also treats incontinence in men.

To find out when Dr Hall will be at the expo stall, visit the St Stephen’s Facebook page.

*For a private consultation with Dr Hall or St Stephen’s other gynaecologists Dr Regina Wulf (pictured with Dr Hall) and Dr Dana Moisuc, ask your GP for a referral.

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