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Overactive Bladder Syndrome

Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) is a condition of urinary urgency, usually accompanied by frequency and night time voiding, with or without urgency related urinary incontinence. It is estimated that about 30% of men and 40% of women in the United States live with these symptoms. Often patients are not aware of the many treatment options that are available for them and therefore do not seek help. 

OAB is not simply a part of getting older and may be a sequelae of other underlying disease such as cancer or a primary dysfunction of the bladder. A thorough evaluation by an experienced urologist may lead to identification of the problem and possible cure. Quality of life can be severely and negatively affected by OAB, and finding a solution could be as simple as a visit to the urologist office. 

Many people have heard of a quivering heart or atrial fibrillation. Just as the heart is a muscle, so is the bladder. OAB to the bladder is what atrial fibrillation is to the heart. And just as we are able to treat A. Fib with medication or electrical stimulation, we are also able to treat OAB with the same types of techniques. 

We have developed a care pathway that allows patients to understand their disease process and options that are available. Dr. Rad is also the foremost expert in sacral neuromodulation in the world and has invented and developed technologies to help patients with this debilitating disease. Currently there are two companies that offer sacral neuromodulation: Axonics and MedTronic. Although both therapies may be very successful, Axonics has developed technologies around this treatment that appear to be more advanced and easier to use for patients. 

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