Overactive bladder (OAB) affects 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States. However, most who suffer from OAB are too embarrassed to ask for help. However, OAB is a treatable condition. Board-certified urologist, Jaspreet Singh, DO, at Premier Medical Group takes a comprehensive approach to the management of OAB and offers many treatment options to help you regain control over your bladder. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Kingston or Newburgh, New York, or book online today.
OAB isn’t a disease, but refers to various symptoms that affect your urinary system. The most common symptom of OAB is the sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, as well as an increase in urinary frequency.
Though often grouped with urinary incontinence, most of those who suffer from OAB are able to hold their urine until they reach the bathroom. However, OAB can affect the quality of life due to the constant interruption in daily activities due to the need to take frequent trips to the bathroom.
OAB develops because of problems in communication between your bladder and brain. Normally, when your bladder is full, the nerves in your bladder send signals to your brain that it’s time to urinate. When you reach the bathroom, your brain communicates with your bladder to initiate the bladder muscles to squeeze and push the urine out of your body.
With OAB, your nerves may signal your brain that it’s time to empty the bladder even if your bladder isn’t full. Or, your bladder muscles may begin to squeeze to initiate urination without your bladder being full, resulting in the urgency.
The changes in the communication between your bladder and brain can develop from many causes, including neurological conditions, hormonal changes, or as a medication side effect.
At Premier Medical Group, Dr. Singh is focused on ensuring good bladder health and conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come to the office with symptoms of OAB. During your evaluation, he reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam.
He may also run diagnostic tests, such as a urinalysis, bladder scan, and/or urodynamic testing.
Dr. Singh works closely with you to develop a treatment plan that helps you gain control over your bladder. Your treatment plan may include lifestyle changes and/or medications.
However, Dr. Singh often finds that medications aren’t enough. To ensure good bladder health, he provides patients with complete access to OAB treatment options, which includes:
With sacral neuromodulation, Dr. Singh offers InterStim™ and the Axonics® Sacral Neuromodulation System, which are implanted devices that improve communication between bladder and brain.
With intravesical Botox injections, Dr. Singh injects tiny amounts of Botox into your bladder muscle to help it relax and reduce your urinary urgency.
To learn more about your treatment options for OAB, contact Premier Medical Group by phone or online today.