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Can surgery treat an overactive bladder (OAB)?

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In rare cases when all OAB treatment fails and overactive bladder is severe, doctors may recommend one of several types of surgery. A procedure called bladder augmentation uses part of the bowel to increase bladder capacity. Another procedure implants a small device, similar to a pacemaker, under the skin. The device is connected to a wire, which sends small electrical pulses to nerves around the pelvic floor that control the bladder and muscles surrounding it.

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Smith, P. , 2006. Canadian Medical Association Journal

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse: "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Sussman, D. , 2007. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Epstein, B. , 2006. American Family Physician

Ouslander, G. , 2004. The New England Journal of Medicine

Semins, M. 2004. Nature Clinical Practice,

Kennelly, M. 2008. Reviews in Urology,

News release, FDA.

Dworkin, R. April 2010.

Cruz, CD. Dec. 2008. ,

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

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