How is neurogenic bladder treated?
The main treatments for neurogenic bladder are the following:
- Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC): Catheters are thin, flexible tubes that can be inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to drain urine.
- Drugs: Medications are prescribed to improve your bladder function. Specific medications for neurogenic bladder depend on if your bladder is overactive (you can’t hold urine, you often feel the urge to urinate) or underactive (you won’t release urine even when your bladder is full) or both.
- Injections of botulinum A toxin (Botox®): A doctor injects Botox into the bladder or urinary sphincters.
- Bladder augmentation (augmentation cystoplasty): This is a surgery in which segments of the intestine (sigmoid colon) are removed and attached to the walls of the bladder. This reduces the bladder's internal pressure and increases its ability to store urine.
- Ileal conduit: Part of the small bowel is used to make a urine stoma. This stoma drains to a bag attached to the outside of the body.
- Lifestyle changes: These might include avoiding certain foods or drinks that can irritate the bladder. These include certain caffeinated drinks like coffee, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, and citrus fruit. Losing weight can ease stress on the bladder. A behavioral treatment called delayed voiding may help some people with urine control.
Absorbent undergarments, pads, panty shields, panty liners, and adult diapers can help prevent wetness and odors while protecting skin and clothing. Bed pads can protect sheets and mattresses.