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Unread 04-23-2004, 09:03 PM
Overactive bladder

I just read something on the urologychannel.com saying that overactive bladder, (symptoms: urgency, frequency and incontinence) can be caused by nerve damage from pelvic surgery.
What they don't say is when and if these nerves repair themselves?

Mag
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Unread 04-24-2004, 12:10 PM
Overactive bladder

Hi ((Mag)),
Unfortunately, the nerves referred to there can not regenerate It is said that a certain amount of healing can take place which may help lessen the symptoms/complications caused by this, during the 1st yr or so Post-Op, any improvement or reduction in symptoms that will occur will do so within this timeframe...if it hasn't by then, it most likely never will
Here are a couple other links to articles that discuss this problem...it appears to be more common than I realized:

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Study reveals pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence are common:
Researchers studied a general population of 150,000 women over 20 years of age and identified 384 who had undergone surgery for organ prolapse and/or incontinence. The risk of surgery for prolapse or incontinence increased with advancing age. Approximately 30% of the ops were repeated for recurring dysfunction problems. Possible reasons for such a high incidence of multiple surgeries may include an underlying connective tissue disease or nerve damage which are not repairable with surgery to the connective tissue. Not finding all of the support defects before the initial operation may be another factor
http://www.uiowa.edu/~ournews/1997/a...403pelvic.html
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Women that have had a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) experience a forty percent increased risk of urinary incontinence. The reasons for the association between hysterectomy and UI are not known but may be related to loss of support for the bladder, scarring of the urethra, or injury to the pelvic nerves.
http://www.drrajmd.com/ut/disorders_...ary_system.htm
There is alot of additional info in the Resources Directory about these possible complications along with several other conditions...

(((hugs))) to you
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