Botox is normally used for wiping out wrinkles. Yet it has proven to be as effective as a nerve stimulator for incontinence.
An injection of Botox works like a cinch in case of females with severe incontinence. Instead of having a device surgically implanted in their bodies, the women just got a shot of the mildly paralyzing hypo-toxin.
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Now women can choose to be injected instead of facing the task of a surgical implant. While both treatments work equally, one is more superficial while the other is interventionist in its nature.
Both therapies relax the overactive bladder muscles. The surgical option is expensive to begin with. As to its operation, it does get the job done in a jiffy.
Yet the Botox injection option comes at a reasonable cost and is less invasive in its nature. Yet the effect of this second option could be such that things add up over time.
The women who were studied were not getting any palliative action via drugs or other therapies. They were stuck in quite a fix due to their ailment. Almost all the women had to face the embarrassing situation of half a dozen incontinence episodes over a time span of three days.
The Botox injections freed 20% of the women from their symptoms. The nerve stimulator implants helped only 4% of the females. 46% of the Botox group and 26% of the sacral neuromodulation group had a 75% decrease in symptoms of urgency incontinence.
While incontinence may appear to be a joke to many, it is in fact a very serious issue for those on the receiving end of the disease. Life becomes a miserable hell for the women who face this disease. This issue is very common among women and the chances of contracting it increase with age.
17% of females older than 45 years and 27% of women older than 75 years face the issue on a daily basis in the United States. From 25% to 45% of women have this problem to some degree, according to NBCNews.
The malady is twice as common in women as men. The female phenomena of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and the female urinary tract are such that this situation arises over the passage of time.
The study showed that while women are more likely to face this scourge, men are not entirely exempt from it. Those males with enlarged prostates tend to have the problem too.