Procedure: Botox to bladder neck for urinary incontinence
Consultant: Mr Ash Monga
A life changing experience
I had suffered from bladder weakness since I was a young girl and despite attempts by my parents to try and help nothing ever really worked.
My problem stayed with me through adolescence and adulthood, and only became worse with age.
I would often be caught short in public, and of course in those days we didn’t have incontinence pads to save our dignity. I would wear long skirts and coats, and always identified toilet locations wherever I went.
In the 1980s I had four beautiful big baby boys; their births weakened my bladder control further.
In 2008 a friend told me about Mr Ash Monga and how fantastic he had been during her hysterectomy and bladder issues. She strongly recommended I talk with him.
My GP referred me, and the tests began. Initially I was sceptical, as I had previously been told I would just have to ‘live with it’.
Mr Monga told me about a new treatment that he was pioneering, but it was not easily available on the NHS. It involved swelling the neck of the bladder using Botox injections, which would reduce the escape of urine.
The first of these injections transformed my life. At 52, and for the first time in more years than I can remember, I was able to be ‘pad’ free and wear ‘sexy’ knickers. I actually found myself walking with a real swagger in my step.
The NHS is now funding these life changing injections. If, like me, you are suffering from this condition, don’t be ashamed to talk to your GP. I am so glad my friend told me about Mr Monga and that I decided to have one last go at obtaining a happy and dry lifestyle.