Jorawer Singh, Chandigarh, August 22, 2009: The department of Urology at PGI Chandigarh organized “Refresher course and live workshop on management on Overactive bladder” on August 22, 2009. Prof Vinay Sakhuja, Dean of the institute inaugurated the one-day CME program in the morning. Overactive bladder (OAB) refers to symptom complex of having to pass urine repeatedly and urgently, day and night. This problem is prevalent in both, men and women of all age groups and tremendously affects the day-to-day working at home / work-place adversely leading to poor quality of life. Sometimes, these symptoms may be manifestation of other internal diseases as well.
The Faculty members of the urology department in association with 2 other eminent faculties from Pune and Hyderabad conducted the scientific program. OAB was discussed in length from basics through evaluation & initial management to treatment of difficult cases. The practical problems in our country, i.e. lack of awareness among the general public as well as the care-providers despite a high incidence (~20%) of such problems in the society, were emphasized.
Botulinum toxin has been in use for management of neuromuscular diseases and cosmetic procedures for enhancing the facial outlook. It has now found a place in the alleviating the suffering of patients with OAB. Once injected in the bladder, the effects last for months. The actual operative technique of Injection of Botulinum toxin A into the bladder in two cases who were refractory to medical treatment were live telecasted (from OT) to the participants.
The program was highly appreciated by 70 odd participants (urologists, gynecologists and general surgeons) from the Tricity and adjoining regions. Dr Mandal (HOD Urology) emphasized the institute’s role in dissipating recent developments in medical science among the medical professionals as well as being frontrunner in epidemiological and molecular research, with the idea to improve comprehensive care of this disease at all levels. The Organizing Secy. Dr Mayank Mohan Agarwal is a member of the panel of National Body dealing with formulating guidelines for management of OAB.