Friday, May 11, 2007

More good news on Botox for bladder issues

New research shows Botox injections in the bladder detrusor remain effective after multiple injections. My urologist has mentioned this as an option a couple of times, and I'm thinking that I might give it a go some time in the not-so-distant future. My pee-pee problems are still pretty manageable, but I have noticed that things got a little worse over the last year or so. I'd say there's been a 25% decrease in the time between "I gotta go" and "I seem to be going." According to the study, participants receiving Botox got a mean maximal cystometric capacity increase of 144 ml. That's about half a beer, right?

Link to abstract.


Stephen said...

sounds like an ouchie injection. where is the bladder detrusor , if you don't mind me asking?

Doug Lee-Knowles said...

I believe the detrusor is a layer of smooth muscle that surrounds the bladder, and when you pee, squeezes the bladder like an underinflated basketball.

The urologist assured me he would numb me up real good before any such injection, but yes, we do seem to be talking about a big scary needle going in someplace near where the sun don't shine.