Urologist shares treatment options for an overactive bladder

Effingham, Ill.— An overactive bladder often causes people to feel an irregular urge to urinate and it can be difficult to control. The condition affects nearly 40% of women and 30% of men, and HSHS Medical Group urologists offer patients surgical and non-surgical remedies for those trying to better manage the condition.

At HSHS Medical Group, Dr. P.D.L. Nayak educates his patients about the most common treatment options for an overactive bladder. He shares the following surgical and non-surgical options available to those who are frequenting the restroom more than eight times during the day or two times at night:

Change your diet: Eliminate caffeine, spicy food or drinking liquids late in the evening.

Practice timed voiding: Empty your bladder based on the clock and not your urges. This can help establish more control over your bladder.

Take medication: Medications known as anticholinergics can help relax the bladder.

Work with a physical therapist: Many physical therapists can help you train your body with urge suppression techniques, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and identify lifestyle changes to decrease the need to utilize the restroom frequently.

Surgical solutions: InterStim Therapy is a minimally invasive nerve-stimulation procedure which can yield long-term improvement or even a cure to an overactive bladder.

Consider BOTOX injections: When injected into the bladder muscle, BOTOX can help treat overactive bladder symptoms. When medications like anticholinergics do not help or can’t be taken, BOTOX is often recommended.

Low-risk electrical stimulation: Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is a non-surgical treatment used to help relax the bladder muscle.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nayak to discuss overactive bladder treatments available at HSHS Medical Group in Effingham, please call 217-342-9738.


About HSHS Medical Group
HSHS Medical Group is the physician organization of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). Launched in 2009, HSHS Medical Group is a critical component of the HSHS Care Integration strategy, which focuses on bringing physicians, technology and patients together to improve the overall health of our communities. Today, HSHS Medical Group is comprised of over 1,000 colleagues in locations throughout central and southern Illinois. HSHS Medical Group is powered by the Franciscan history of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and our faith-based identity led us to the single most important tenet of the HSHS Medical Group philosophy — patient-first care. For more information about HSHS Medical Group, visit HSHSMedicalGroup.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.