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Modern Medicine: Relieving Overactive Bladder Symptoms

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Panama City, Fla. -

Patients with an overactive bladder don't have to suffer in silence.

The Bladder Program at Panama City Urological Center works with patients who have bladder and bowel control issues.  A new type of therapy they provide is helping some patients get their life back without surgery or medication.

Carolyn Mullins says bladder control issues were interfering with her life. 

"Every store I went into I had to know where the bathroom was.  I was awakened many times throughout the night having to go," Mullins explains.

That's before she found the Bladder Program.  She's now utilizing PTNS.

Bladder Program Director Bea Soto says PTNS "...stands for percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.  It's another way of stimulating the nerves that run into the bladder to help stop some of the overactive bladder symptoms."

Soto inserts an ultra fine needle in the lower leg near the tibial nerve.

"That nerve runs up into the lower back with the rest of the nerves that control bladder and bowel function," explains Soto.

The nerves are stimulated for 30 minutes for 12 weeks.

Mullins says it doesn't hurt.  "All I feel is a little tingling in the bottom of my foot."  She says she's now been off her medications for months. 

Soto says PTNS has an 85 to 100 percent success rate.  She says patients who urinate eight or more times a day, have urgency or get up more than two times a night to urinate could be good candidates for the Bladder Program.