Neurogenic Bladder Specialists

Greater Hartford Urology Group

Urologists located in Hartford, Glastonbury & Enfield, CT

If you’re having difficulty controlling your urination, you might be experiencing neurogenic bladder. With modern offices located in Hartford, Enfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut, the team of dedicated providers at Greater Hartford Urology Group offers a variety of exceptional treatments for neurogenic bladder. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Neurogenic Bladder Q & A

What is neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder is a condition that impairs your control over your bladder. Normally, when you need to urinate, your brain sends signals to the muscles in your bladder to release or contract, enabling you to empty your bladder. With neurogenic bladder, those signals don’t transmit properly, causing you to urinate too much or not enough.

What causes neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder occurs due to a disruption in the communication between your brain and your bladder. That disruption can happen as a result of conditions that cause brain disorders, like:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain or spinal cord tumors
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heavy metal poisoning

Neurogenic bladder can also develop as a result of conditions that damage the nerves or muscles in your bladder, like diabetes, long-term alcohol abuse, or complications during pelvic surgery.

Certain congenital conditions can also disrupt the communication between your brain and bladder, such as spina bifida, sacral agenesis, and cerebral palsy.

What are the symptoms of neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder is marked by an inability to control urination, which can manifest several ways, including:

  • Weak or dribbling stream when you urinate
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder
  • Leaking urine
  • Difficulty sensing if your bladder is full
  • Straining when you urinate
  • Frequent urination (more than seven times per day)
  • Sudden and unexpected urges to urinate immediately

Because neurogenic bladder interferes with your sense of whether your bladder is full, it can lead to your bladder frequently filling beyond capacity and leaking. It can also lead to the opposite, or urinary retention, where you don’t fully empty your bladder. Urinary retention frequently leads to urinary tract infections, which can cause severe discomfort and damage to your kidneys.

What are the treatments for neurogenic bladder?

There are a variety of treatment methods to address neurogenic bladder, such as:

  • Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC)
  • Medications
  • Botox® injections
  • Bladder augmentation surgery
  • Ileal conduit
  • Electrical stimulation therapy

After a thorough examination and assessment, your provider will help you choose a treatment method best suited to your particular needs. In many cases, you can find relief with simple lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and at-home therapies like Kegel exercises and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles.

To learn more about how Greater Hartford Urology Group can help your neurogenic bladder, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.