This medical video looks into the advancement of using Botox to help solve bladder problems.
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Jennifer Matthews: Just leaving her home is a big accomplishment for Cindy Sinclair. Cindy Sinclair: A year ago I was like hopeless, I felt hopeless, helpless. Outside of going to work, I never went anywhere. Jennifer Matthews: Cindy has interstitial cystitis, a condition that caused constant pain and the need to go to the bathroom, every half hour. It was destroying her life. Cindy Sinclair: I nearly had a nervous breakdown about three years ago but it -- and it was -- I have to go to a psychiatrist and to a therapist. The only thing that could keep coming back to was that, I was just sick, physically sick. Jennifer Matthews: Today, Cindy has her life back with the help of Botox. Urologist Christopher Smith has used botox on about 30 patients with overactive bladders. He's excited about the results. Christopher Smith: The patients that often can go throughout the night without having to get up to urinate or get up once or twice as opposed to eight or nine times. Jennifer Matthews: A tiny scope and needle are inserted into the bladder. Multiple injections are given to paralyze the nerve and keep the muscle from being stimulated. Christopher Smith: Patients will go home the same day, and typically the effects will be seen within five to seven days after treatment. Jennifer Matthews: After about six months, the procedure often has to be repeated. For Cindy, that's a minor inconvenience to have her life back. Cindy Sinclair: To go on vacation and actually get to go on the activities with your family is just remarkable. Jennifer Matthews: Even being able to go to the supermarket is a chore she's happy to do. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.