Botox: is there anything it can’t do? On the heels of recent news reports suggesting the neurotoxin has shown some promise in treating migraines and perspiration, we have this new study which suggests it may help with incontinence.
Incontinence can be caused by overactive muscles around the bladder, so relaxing those muscles can be a viable way to stop the leakage. The study suggests this method was as effective as a competing medical implant:
The Botox injections freed 20 percent of the women in the study of incontinence, compared to 4 percent who had a nerve stimulator implant, Amundesen and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
No word yet on whether these same injections might be useful for fecal incontinence, which can be caused by any number of factors including infections or trauma. It is possible that relaxing the smooth muscles responsible for evacuation could help the cause, but absent further study no one can say for sure.
Here’s what you can do: contact the Los Angeles Proctology Institute if you are struggling with fecal or bowel incontinence and want to speak with a medical expert.