Can Thermiva help with urinary frequency?
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Thank you for your question. Thermiva is for patients that are dealing with stress incontinence or laxity or orgasmic difficulties. It also helps with patients dealing with the appearance or even atrophy/dryness. It may help with your bladder function, but just for your information Thermiva is not officially indicated for overactive bladder (urgency, frequency and urge incontinence). I would suggest to contact a plastic surgeon near you to schedule a consultation to get all your questions answered and best reach your goal.
ThermiVa and urinary frequency
The symptoms you describe are caused by OAB (overactive bladder) and ThermiVa is not indicated for that condition. It does help with minor stress incontinence and if some of your urination problems are caused by that, ThermiVa could relief some of the symptoms. Good luck.
Severe urinary frequency
If you have failed the typical medications for frequency/ overactive bladder. You may have undergone urodynamic testing ( bladder function testing ) and cystoscopy to identify potential bladder pathology. Hopefully, your doctor has reviewed your fluid intake along with a urinary diary. Due to the severity of your symptoms the next line of therapy would be Botox bladder injections or InterStIm sacral neuromodulation. However, I have seen THERMIva be effective for milder frequency/ stress / urge incontinence to help reduce or resolve symptoms.
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Urinary stress incontinence
In my practice I have treated women with urinary stress incontinence, frequency and urgency using a series of three treatments. Uniformly I have had significant improvement in their symptoms. I would caution that ThermiVa is not a cure all for extreme or advanced cases and my results may be patient selection. ThermiVa is rapidly gaining acceptance by Physicians and many are using this as their frontline treatment of new patients with these problems. There is very little downside risk to this procedure
Will Thermiva help with overactive bladder?
Its possible that it will help you but I would not recommend for this indication. If you have stress incontinence or laxity or orgasmic difficulties or trouble with the appearance or even atrophy/dryness then I would strongly consider giving thermiva a chance. It will help with those other issues and may help with your bladder function. That said, OAB is disruptive to a person's life. Botox is one direction. Another direction is a device called an interstim which is like a pacemaker for the bladder. Of course, you would try these after definite trials of medication including antimuscarinic therapy such as Detrol and Ditropan and the Beta 3 agonist Myrabegron. Also your urologist should teach you about behavioral changes such as bladder training. And you should be careful of things that irritate your bladder such as spicy food or diet soda etc....
ThermiVa was originally designed and approved to treat vaginal atrophy. It was noted later that it helps a lot with stress urinary incontinence, especially if it not very severe. As of now it is not officially indicated for Overactive bladder (urgency, frequency and urge incontinence), but we see our patients reporting some improvement in those symptoms as well. Hope this helps.
ThermiVa has been shown to help symptoms associated with stress incontinence. You may find it could have a synergistic affect when used in conjunction with other treatments for urgency. I encourage you to speak with a provider in your area for more information.
THERMIVA FOR FREQUENCY
Yes, ThermiVa has been studied for frequency and urgency. I have been using it on my patients for the last 6 months with great results. It is a simple, no downtime, 30 minute procedure. For many women not wanting to take medications with side effects, it is a good option. Although not covered by insurance, patients suffering with quality of life issues bladder symptoms have been finding it worth the money.
Sorry to hear about your issues. ThermiVa was originally targeting tissue tightening, but was found to have secondary benefits of improvement in urinary stress incontinence. That is the leakage of urine with cough, sneeze, laugh or just not enough time to get to the bathroom. Kegel exercises can help improve the muscle tone to the area and when combined with ThermiVa can give some women significant improvement in their symptoms. Urinary frequency or urge incontinence may or may not respond to ThermiVA. Some studies are being done but the answer is not there yet. So its kind of hit or miss. If you have other issues such as looseness or dryness, then it may be worth perusing. Other considerations may be a second opinion prior to moving forward. Best wishes with your quest for answers.
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