HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health recognize Bladder Health Awareness Month in November

November 03, 2023 


Hospital News

OCONTO FALLS, Wis.  – An overactive bladder often causes people to feel an irregular urge to urinate and it can be difficult to control. The condition affects nearly 40% of women and 30% of men, and Prevea Health urologists offer patients surgical and non-surgical remedies for those trying to better manage the condition.

At the Prevea Oconto Falls Medical Services Building, located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, Dr. Daniel DeGroot educates his patients about the most common treatment options for an overactive bladder. He shares the following surgical and non-surgical options available to those who are frequenting the restroom more than eight times during the day or two times at night:

Change your diet: Eliminate caffeine, spicy food or drinking liquids late in the evening.

Practice timed voiding: Empty your bladder based on the clock and not your urges. This can help establish more control over your bladder.

Take medication: Medications known as anticholinergics can help relax the bladder.

Work with a physical therapist: Many physical therapists can help you train your body urge suppression techniques, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and identify lifestyle changes to decrease the need to utilize the restroom frequently.

Surgical solutions: InterStim Therapy is a minimally invasive nerve-stimulation procedure which can yield long-term improvement or even a cure to an overactive bladder. 

Consider BOTOX injections: When injected into the bladder muscle, BOTOX can help treat overactive bladder symptoms. When mediation like anticholinergics do not help or can’t be taken, BOTOX is often recommended.

Low-risk electrical stimulation: Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is a non-surgical treatment used to help relax the bladder muscle.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. DeGroot to discuss overactive bladder treatments available at Prevea and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, please call (920) 436-1359.

About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit www.stclarememorial.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health recognize Bladder Health Awareness Month in Novem
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