Lake Forest, IL patients can use Botox injections for the treatment of bladder concerns
Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and the staff at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology are dedicated professionals who can provide patients with solutions to their bladder concerns that do not require invasive surgeries. A perfect solution for patients who are interested in injections is Botox treatment. Botox is an injectable medication that can be used by patients for the treatment of bladder and pelvic floor concerns.
Botox is a medication that is formulated with botulinum toxin type A. It is used in many ways, but most commonly for the reduction of muscle contractions. When injected into a muscle, it can cause the muscle to relax. This is how it works for patients who visit their dermatologist to treat fine lines and wrinkles – it relaxes the muscles that cause these dynamic wrinkles to smooth them. Botox works for the treatment of conditions such as overactive bladder by relaxing the bladder muscles and therefore, reducing how often patients need to relieve themselves. It is safe and effective as a treatment for overactive bladder, as well as pelvic floor issues such as pelvic pain or pelvic floor dysfunction.
What can I expect from my Botox injection treatment?
First, patients need to work with a trusted doctor to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for Botox injections. This includes an evaluation with Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and his team to determine candidacy and to discuss alternative options which can be used. Once patients have decided to move forward with Botox injections, they can schedule their appointment. Patients relax on the treatment table and are positioned so Dr. Sanjay Gandhi can access the areas where the injections are required. The injections are completed quickly, so that patients experience little discomfort. Once completed, patients are given after-care instructions to follow as they allow time for the medication to work. This may take up to a week. Once Botox injections are fully effective, patients will be able to go about their days with less interruption and without always having to be aware of the nearest bathroom.
What can Botox be used for?
While many patients think of Botox injections for cosmetic purposes such as the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the face, Botox actually started as a medical injection. It is used for the treatment of cervical dystonia, chronic migraines, and overactive sweat glands. However, in our practice, we utilize Botox for the following purposes:
- Overactive bladder
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
How often do injections need to be completed?
Botox can last approximately six months before reinjection is needed. We recommend patients come in routinely to have their injections done to maintain their results. We can schedule appointments in advance, so patients don’t have to worry about doing so on their own before the medication stops working for them and disrupts their daily life.
What other options are available?
Botox is a wonderful solution for patients who have mild symptoms of pelvic issues or bladder problems. However, more severe cases may require additional solutions. Our practice offers non-surgical and surgical solutions to many issues that patients may experience in the pelvic area, and we may make recommendations if we feel as though this medication will not provide the results patients expect. Our team of professionals have years of experience in treating a number of urogynecology issues and we can help patients make educated decisions in regard to their needs. There is no “one size fits all” solution to most medical concerns, so having a doctor who has experience in providing a range of treatment options is most desirable.
Interested in non-surgical options for bladder concerns?
Now is the best time to contact Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and his team at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology to discuss the advantages of using Botox injections for the treatment of bladder concerns. Call (844) 327-1188 to connect with our team. People in the areas of Park City, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, and Lake Forest, IL, call to schedule your consultation appointment and get started in discovering the solutions available for you!