Isnt it only for the initial treatment? That is, the botox injection is applied using a cath.
Yes, it is only for the actual injection, from what I have read. When you self cath all the time, you get MANY more UTIs than usual. Believe me that is true. From what I have read, it solved or nearly solved the problems of leaking, not being able to go, and when you leave some in the bladder. 2 of the 3 people in one abstract I read where 6.5 on the EDSS. That is about where we have Gary. 1 was 8.0. That one did have some improvement, but the others had much improvement in voiding. Which tells me they were PEEING ON THEIR OWN. Forgive me for being graphic, but if it is not something you have lost before, you can't imagine how good it is to do that. The way Gary was before was much more embarassing and time consuming. He was "over spilling", meaning when he thought he was going, his bladder was letting the pressure off when it couldn't hold anymore. We did not know anything about this. The advantages of self cathing: knowing that you will go when you say go and no more looking for a quick side road to go to when you are on a trip. I can't tell you how awful that was. Yes we went the diaper route and that helped, but.... A diaper will only hold so much. Also, with a man, if the "position ain't right" it will go out the side of the diaper. Then you have wet on yourself ANYWAY. Gary is going to talk to URO about this. URO had mentioned it before. Will let everyone know about it...cost, procedure, effectiveness....etc