Uroplasty for Overactive Bladder
Do you feel like your Overactive Bladder controls your life?
UAP Clinic Urology Department is now using Urgent PC as another therapy for Overactive Bladder. Studies show that 60 - 80% of patients respond to this therapy, even if other treatments have failed.
Urgent PC uses mild electrical impulses to stimulate the nerves that control the bladder.
This in-office therapy consists of twelve, 30-minute sessions, once a week. Patients generally can expect to see improvement in 4 to 6 weeks. Occasional treatments to sustain your improvements may be needed.
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Tribune Star shares Ruth's Story
June 17, 2014
Some patients finding quick relief for an urgent — and common — issue
Arthur FoulkesThe Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE — It's probably not a subject you'll want to talk about over breakfast, but for millions of Americans, it's a big part of life.
Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of bladder control. It affects about 200 million people worldwide and, according to experts, about 25 million Americans suffer from the problem, according to the National Association for Continence.
Ruth Yonce of Paris, Ill., is one of those millions suffering from overactive bladder. And she's not alone, even among a group of friends back in Paris.
Now Yonce, 76, is trying a relatively new, drug-free treatment for overactive bladder that involves sending tiny electronic impulses into her ankle, stimulating nerves that control bladder function. This treatment, under the brand name Urgent PC, lasts 30 minutes and is administered once a week for up to 12 weeks. Tuesday was Yonce's sixth treatment.
"It's a wonderful improvement," Yonce said seated in a large, comfortable recliner at UAP Clinic in Terre Haute. "I can already tell there's a change."
Another problem for people suffering from overactive bladder is that they cannot sleep through the night without frequent trips to the bathroom. For Yonce, getting a solid night of sleep was virtually a thing of the past. Now, she said, she has experienced many nights with just one or two trips and even had a few nights without a single trip to the bathroom.
"It was wonderful," she said.
Melissa Thomas, a nurse practitioner, has been administering the new treatment to Yonce and a handful of other patients at UAP Clinic since it became available there about a month ago. On Tuesday, she slipped a tiny needle into Yonce's ankle and then slowly increased the electronic impulses using a small control device attached to the needle through an electronic wire.
"You don't even feel the needle going in you," Yonce said as Thomas gradually increased the electronic impulses. "I was surprised that it was so easy."
Medicare will pay for the new treatment only after patients have failed to get relief through older methods, Thomas said. Those other treatments include simple behavior modification – such as not drinking so much before bed – and medications. For Yonce, the medication didn't work well and had side effects.
Medicare will also cover only the final six treatments if a patient shows improvement after the first six. Yonce kept a record of incidents showing she was improving, meaning Medicare will cover her final treatments, Thomas said.
Overactive bladder and other forms of incontinence can really strangle someone's quality of life, Thomas said. Often patients are ashamed of the problem and become fearful of leaving their homes, she said. "They become hermits."
Yonce has definitely not allowed herself to become a hermit, despite struggling with the problem for several decades. Nor is she afraid to talk about the subject. A former factory worker, cashier, school secretary and Dairy Queen owner with husband Bob in Paris, Yonce believes she has been blessed and wants to share her story if it will help others with the same problem.
WTWO Shares Wanda's Story:
Overactive bladders effect millions of people... one Wabash Valley woman shared her story with us.
For years Wanda Smith would scope out where the nearest restroom was wherever she was... just in case. She would use the bathroom 21 times a day, and five times a night. That was before she discovered UAP Clinic had a new treatment option, nerve stimulation.
The nerve stimulation program is 12 weeks long. Patients come for a 30-minute treatment once a week.
Smith is on her seventh week of treatments and she no longer gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. She's also down to using the restroom five to eight times a day.
She watches her caffeine intake and doesn't drink fluids after 6 p.m. She's happy with the results so far.
The nerve stimulation is done through a small needle placed in a person's ankle. That stimulates a nerve in the spine that controls bladder.
A drug treatment must be tried before trying the nerve stimulation option.
UAP Clinic told NBC 2 that around 33 million people are affected by overactive bladders.
WTHI Shares Donna's Story:
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Statistics show about 33 million people suffer from overactive bladder. It is an uncomfortable situation, but a new treatment, called Urgent PC, could eliminate that issue.
For Donna Sorrels, it has been a problem she has dealt with for years at a time.
Though Urgent PC is fairly new to the area, it's already showing promising results.
"My symptoms are so much better since I've had it," Sorrels says, "I would highly recommend it to anyone".
The treatment is very simple, no surgery or drugs are needed. A very thin needle is placed near the patient's ankle and is attached to a stimulator. The stimulator sends out electrical impulses throughout the nerves of the legs and spine, which control pelvic floor functions.
The treatment itself is done through 12 weekly sessions.
Sorrels is on her 5th session, but doctors are excited to see what lasting effects it will have on patients like her.
"We're excited," says Melissa Thomas, NP-C, "Especially with this treatment being the first in the area, we are able to provide this service to the patients and help get their quality of life back".