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Overactive bladder

Our leading HCA surgeons offer multi-disciplinary treatment for the symptoms of an overactive bladder

About

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.

Need to know

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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