Private Treatment For an Overactive Bladder

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Overactive bladder syndrome (OBS, OAB) is a medical condition that results from a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle in the wall of your urinary bladder. The condition causes a sudden and unstoppable need to urinate, even though the bladder may only contain a small amount of urine.

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Overactive bladder syndrome is increasingly commonplace. The symptoms can vary, but may include:

  • Urgency. Getting a sudden urgent desire to pass urine. You are not able to put off going to the toilet, regardless of how recently you may have emptied your bladder.
  • Frequency. Going to the toilet more often than you usually would.
  • Nocturia. Waking to go to the toilet more than once during the night.
  • Urge incontinence. Leaking of urine before you can get to the toilet when you have a feeling of urgency.
Your consultant will speak to you about your problem and general health. They may examine you and perform an internal examination. You will have a urine test to check for an infection. You will be asked to record the frequency and volume of the urine you pass. You may also have a flow test, which includes passing urine into a device to measure the strength of your flow and check whether you can empty your bladder completely.

There are a variety of forms of treatment for overactive bladder syndrome. These include:

  • Some general lifestyle measures which may help such as adjusting the amount of fluids that are drunk, or possibly cutting out caffeine.
  • Bladder training is the main treatment. This can work well in up to half of cases. Medication may be advised instead of, or in addition to, bladder training.
  • Pelvic floor exercises may also be advised in some cases. If the above treatments are unsuccessful, there is the option of surgery.

Our Private Treatment For an Overactive Bladder locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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