Botox Bladder Injections Procedure

Prior to undergoing any operation, you should not consume any food or drink in the 6 hours preceding the operation. If you usually take medication, you should check that this is ok at your pre-operative consultation.

The actual procedure of giving bladder Botox injections is fairly simple. It will take less than 20 minutes, and is minimally invasive. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, and will not require an overnight stay in hospital.

A cystoscope – a small tube containing a camera – is passed into the bladder through the urethra so that the surgeon can inspect the inside of the bladder before performing the operation. A very thin needle is then passed through the cystoscope, and Botox is injected into between 20 and 30 different areas of the bladder muscle walls.

The Botox acts by paralysing the muscles in the bladder so that they no longer contract involuntarily, and thus resolves many of the problems caused by incontinence, such as the urgent and frequent need to urinate.