Using Botox To Help Ease Frequent Urination - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/07

Using Botox To Help Ease Frequent Urination

We've all heard of Botox and what it can do for wrinkles and frown lines. Now, there is a new use, for men only, dealing with a sensitive issue.

"That includes issues of frequency, and urgency, meaning I gotta go, when I got to go, I gotta go right now. Getting up in the middle of the night," said Dr. David Ginsberg, a urologist.

The treatment is still experimental, but at some medical centers, doctors are injecting Botox through an ultrasound probe right into the prostate to relax that urgent need to urinate. The theory is that Botox may work by shrinking or actually killing some of the prostate cells.

"It takes 5 minutes, it's very easy,  you go home the same day, little bit of local anesthetic, no time spent in the hospital, no time spent in  the surgery center, no time spent in  the operating room," said Dr. Ginsberg.

Dr. Ginsberg says some studies have shown that  a year after treatment, 90 percent of men said their symptoms improved and they needed no further Botox injections.

If you know of a doctor who is providing this locally, please call or e-mail me here at the station and we'll look into this further.

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