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Urinary Disorders

Bladder Stretch

02/28/2005

Question:

My wife has been plaqued by an overactive bladder. She has tried medications such as Detrol, Oxybutinin, and Sanctura. These didn`t work. In addition, the recommended exercises to alleviate the situation haven`t been effective. Are there other options? Her doctor suggested a bladder stretching. What does this entail? Can the bladder constrict again, after the passage of time, following such a procedure?

Answer:

Bladder stretching usually involves overdistending the bladder with water.  This is usually done under general anesthesia for it is painful.  You may want to have your wife seen by a physician with a special interest in voiding disorders - either a urologist or a gynecologist.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University