Neurourology Specialist

Jenelle E. Foote, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Urologist located in Atlanta, GA

Several medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury, can interfere with how your nervous system regulates bladder function. Dr. Jenelle Foote specializes in neurourology at Midtown Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. If you suffer from bladder control problems related to neurological disease or injury, call Dr. Foote or schedule an appointment online for compassionate and professional treatment.

Neurourology Q & A

What is neurology?

Neurourology focuses on problems with bladder function that are due to spinal injuries and neurological disorders. These problems are commonly referred to as neurogenic bladder.

A normal urinary system relies on a network of nerves and muscles that collaboratively hold and release urine at appropriate times. When injury or disease damages these nerves, the muscles that control your bladder may not be able to relax or tighten at the right times.

Neurogenic bladder can cause two types of issues: difficulty emptying (underactive bladder) or incontinence (overactive bladder). Both of these issues can cause embarrassment and negatively affect your quality of life.

Problems with bladder control can be challenging to talk about, but Dr. Foote has extensive experience in neurourology and understands your concerns. She listens attentively and offers treatments to help you resume independence.

What conditions cause neurogenic bladder?

Many different medical conditions can lead to neurogenic bladders, such as:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord birth deformities
  • Tumors on the spinal cord or brain
  • Diabetes

What are the symptoms of neurogenic bladder?

Neurogenic bladder symptoms vary from person to person, but often involve one or more of the following:

  • Loss of sensation of a full bladder
  • Frequent and urgent urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinating small amounts

How do you diagnose neurogenic bladder?

As a specialist in neurourology, Dr. Foote begins with a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history. It’s helpful to bring your medical records and any previous test results to the exam. She may ask questions about your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and your neurological disorder.

If necessary, Dr. Foote may also perform blood or urine tests and an X-ray for further information.

How do you treat neurogenic bladder?

After evaluating your condition and discussing your particular needs, Dr. Foote creates a personalized treatment plan. She always begins with the most conservative, least disruptive treatment possible.

Your treatment depends on the severity of your condition, but may include:

  • Exercise and physical therapy
  • Oral medications to treat incontinence
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Catheterization

If your bladder control issues don’t dissipate with conservative treatment, Dr. Foote may suggest surgery.

If you’re looking for a neurology specialist, call Dr. Foote or book an appointment online today.

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