A common condition we treat at Greater Boston Urology is overactive bladder (OAB), which affects women and men. OAB, also known as urge incontinence, causes a sudden and frequent urge to pee that might be difficult to control. You might also experience urine leakage.
According to the Urology Care Foundation, "As many as 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women in the United States live with OAB symptoms."
At GBU, we have an OAB nurse navigator on staff. Her name is Celeste Pires, and she helps patients manage their OAB treatment plans.
Celeste is a long-time member of the GBU family. She started as a medical assistant and worked up to lead medical assistant. She then pursued her nursing degree and graduated with honors from Lawrence Memorial Regis College.
We asked Celeste to sit down with us to answer questions about her role as an OAB nurse navigator.
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What does an OAB nurse navigator do, specifically?
CELESTE: An OAB nurse navigator helps patients with their overactive bladder treatment plan. My job is supporting patients, ensuring they understand what happens next, and advocating for them and their concerns.
Do all GBU patients dealing with OAB get assigned to you?
CELESTE: Yes, all of our OAB patients are assigned to me. GBU has given me the tools, like robust electronic medical records, so I can help each patient along the way—even if we're only connecting virtually most of the time.
How closely do you work with each patient's physician?
CELESTE: I work with all the physicians at GBU, but I work especially closely with Dr. Angel Marie Johnson, the Director of Women's Health, since she treats many patients with OAB.
How often do you meet with patients?
CELESTE: I meet with patients daily via phone, in person, or for procedures like urodynamic testing. As for each patient, how often we meet will depend on their care plans.
Do you meet patients in person only, or do you offer telehealth visits?
CELESTE: I'm based out of the Framingham Care Center. So I'll see patients in person in Framingham or meet with other patients (like those on the Cape) via phone.
What are some common misconceptions that people have about overactive bladder?
CELESTE: In almost every conversation I have with new patients, they think their overactive bladder symptoms only affect older people. Not true! OAB can—and does—affect people of all ages since it has many underlying causes. Also, many people think OAB only affects women, but men have OAB, too.
If there were one thing that you'd want someone reading this to understand about OAB, what would it be?
CELESTE: Do not give up. People may get discouraged with their diagnosis, but we have many treatment options. If the first one doesn't work, we can try something else.
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