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Doctor Article: Got to Go

Doctor Article: Got to Go

By Leonard Maliver, Urologist

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from frequent urination, you know how unpleasant and irritating it can be. This is especially true if you are not able to get to a restroom in time.  Fortunately, the effects of frequent urination are manageable and treatable. 

The frequent urge to void may be caused by several conditions. These include: urinary tract infections, prostate disorders, neurological diseases, and OAB (over active bladder). 

Urinary tract infections are usually diagnosed by a simple urine test performed by your primary care doctor. In this situation, the problem can be resolved with an antibiotic, which will cure the infection and relieve the symptoms.

Prostate conditions can be diagnosed with urine or blood tests. It is typically possible to relieve this condition through prescription medication to shrink and relax the prostate. If this does not work, simple outpatient procedures such as “Greenlight Laser” may relieve the problem. 

Urinary urgency and incontinence is rarely the first sign of neurological problems. 

However, in the overwhelming majority of times, frequent urination is due to OAB. This is a condition where a person has the desire to void even though the bladder may not be full, or at times may even be empty. Typically, there is no infection associated with OAB. The bladder is able to empty completely even though it feels as though it is full. Fortunately, there are many oral medications to remedy this condition.

Sometimes, oral medications do not work. In these situations, there are several outpatient procedures to treat the problem. For example, BoTox can be injected into the inner lining of the bladder to relax the nerves sending the impulses to void frequently. The Interstim procedure can also be used to coordinate the neurological messages between the bladder and brain so that voiding occurs in a normal fashion.

If you are experiencing the effects from this condition, do not be afraid to get help. Indiana Regional Medical Center and our community’s physicians are able to treat frequent urination with the most comprehensive diagnostic tools and therapeutics. To make an appointment with Dr. Maliver or any of the other urologists, call 888-452-IRMC or log on to www.IRMCdocs.org. 



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