Botox for Bladder
Updated: Monday, February 3 2014, 03:45 PM EST
Botox isn't just for wrinkles, but also for spasms.
As News 13's Jay Siltzer reports in today's Health Alert, it took disaster for one local woman to experience first-hand the benefits of the toxin.
"I like to joke I have a very youthful looking bladder now."
Botox commonly known for cosmetic benefits helps Morgan Norris two years after a vehicle accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Morgan Norris, paraplegic, "I have what is called neurogenic bladder, which means I have spasms from my injury that go down my body down my legs and can lead to incontinence and a little bit of embarrassment."
Dr. Brian Cohen, Victoria Urological Associates, "what I try to do with my patients is make sure their bladder is not running their life, give them control back."
That's where botox comes in with an occasional shot to the bladder.
The procedure is in office and outpatient. It involves three things: A catheter, a camera and the botox injection itself. Typically, the entire procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Dr. Brian Cohen, the goal in patients who have spinal cord injuries is to completely paralyze the bladder muscle, which stops the spasms, which as long as they're willing to catheterize every 4 to 6 hours. Gives them back the control they desire."
Morgan, "I'm able to sleep through the night. I can sleep six hours rather than having to get up and go to the restroom every couple of hours."
Now, more in control than ever since becoming paraplegic.