Botox (also known as onabotulinum toxin A) is a sterile form of purified botulinum neurotoxin type A complex. Botox is a treatment used for an overactive bladder, with symptoms of urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency. Moreover, Botox is used in patients who are intolerant of anti-cholinergic medications, and who had partial response to their anti-cholinergic pills (OAB drugs). This medication temporarily relaxes the overactive bladder muscles that may cause urine to leak. The effects of the Botox last for about 6 – 9 months.
This procedure is performed by your Urologist under local anesthetic, with a Registered Nurse present at the Bladder Care Centre. The Botox is injected with a fine needle through a cystoscope, which is a medical instrument that allows your Urologist to observe your bladder while making the Botox injections. This procedure and review takes approximately 45 minutes.
If you are taking any type of blood thinners (aspirin, warfarin, heparin etc), you must call your urologist and inform them about your medications prior to your test.
*** REMINDER: the Bladder Care Centre will NOT PAY for the botox needle and/or your botox. The patient will need to buy their own Botox needle and/ or Botox from the University Pharmacy Store in the UBC Village.
If you require any assistance, you must bring your care-giver to your appointment.
For more information, please click on
-> frequently asked questions about botox
Please allow yourself enough time to get to the centre. If you are 15 minutes late, the nurse will not have enough time to do your test. Your test WILL BE CANCELLED and the clinic staff may reschedule your appointment.
- If you use a cane, crutches, walker or wheelchair and/or
if you NEED help with walking, dressing, undressing or transferring,
you MUST bring someone who can help you.
Your test WILL BE CANCELLED if you do not bring a caregiver or family / friend to help you.
- bring your Care Card or BC Services Card
- bring a list of all pill/ medications you are taking
- if you have difficulty with English, bring someone with you to help with translation. This person must have a good understanding of English. The translator is with you during your test.
- you must take a shower or bath the morning of your appointment
- If you have had a heart valve replacement or, recent joint replacement, contact your physician if you need antibiotics prior to the test.
- If you have an artificial urinary sphincter, you must inform your nurse and doctor prior to the test.
If you have already had a cystoscopy test done at the UBC Hospital – Bladder Care Centre, please click here for home instructions
-> General Home Instructions pdf