Neurogenic Bladder

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Treatment for Neurogenic Bladder in Metro Atlanta

Neurogenic bladder is a medical condition that affects how your bladder functions because of a problem with the nerves that control it. Here’s a simple explanation of neurogenic bladder, including its symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options:

Symptoms

  • Incontinence: You might have trouble controlling when you urinate, leading to leakage or accidents.
  • Retention: You might find it difficult to empty your bladder completely, which can cause discomfort or a feeling of fullness.
  • Frequent Urination: You may need to go to the bathroom more often than usual.
  • Urgency: You might feel a sudden and strong need to urinate.

Diagnostic Tests

  • Medical History: Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and medical history.
  • Physical Examination: A physical exam can help rule out other possible causes.
  • Imaging: Tests like ultrasounds, X-rays, or MRI scans can show if there are any structural issues with your bladder or the nerves around it.
  • Urodynamic Testing: This involves measuring how well your bladder stores and releases urine. It helps determine the specific type of neurogenic bladder.
  • Neurological Tests: If needed, your doctor may perform tests to check the nerves that control your bladder.

Treatment Options

  • Medications: Your doctor may prescribe medications to help relax your bladder muscles or stimulate them, depending on your specific condition.
  • Catheterization: In some cases, you might need to use a catheter to empty your bladder regularly.
  • Physical Therapy: Pelvic floor exercises or biofeedback techniques can help improve bladder control.
  • Nerve Stimulation: Electrical stimulation of the nerves controlling your bladder can be an option.  Learn more about Axonics and Interstim therapies.
  • Surgery: In severe cases or when other treatments fail, surgery may be necessary to repair or bypass nerve-related issues.

It’s important to remember that the treatment for neurogenic bladder varies depending on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition. Your doctor will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call our office to schedule a consultation at (678) 321-7227.

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