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Wealthy New Yorkers Get Bladder Surgery To Avoid Bathroom Breaks On Their Way To The Hamptons

Wealthy New Yorkers are getting prostate surgery and bladder botox to avoid bathroom breaks on long commutes from the city to the Hamptons, a doctor has revealed (pictured)

A urologist claimed wealthy New Yorkers are getting expensive prostate surgery and bladder botox so they don’t have to take bathroom breaks on the long drive from the city to the Hamptons.

Many of Manhattan’s wealthiest head down to the upscale beach town on Long Island’s coast on summer weekends, but they often run into trouble because there are few places to stop and relax along the 90-mile stretch. a journey that can take hours in summer traffic jams.

Dr. David Shusterman, a New York urologist, has a solution.

He’s one of several doctors who provide surgery to people who want to extend the time they can hold their bladder — which he advertises with the slogan “Race to the Hamptons, not the bathroom” — and, according to the doctor, people are lining up to surgically fix the problem.

Wealthy New Yorkers are getting prostate surgery and bladder botox to avoid bathroom breaks on long commutes from the city to the Hamptons, a doctor has revealed (pictured)

Wealthy New Yorkers are getting prostate surgery and bladder botox to avoid bathroom breaks on long commutes from the city to the Hamptons, a doctor has revealed (pictured)

Many of Manhattan's wealthiest make the 90-mile drive on summer weekends to head to the upscale beach town located on the coast of Long Island.

Many of Manhattan’s wealthiest make the 90-mile drive on summer weekends to head to the upscale beach town located on the coast of Long Island.

They often face a problem because there are few places to stop and pee and it can take hours to get there in the middle of traffic.  A photo taken in 2020 shows traffic in the Hamptons

They often face a problem because there are few places to stop and pee and it can take hours to get there in the middle of traffic. A photo taken in 2020 shows traffic in the Hamptons

“A lot of people have problems with this issue. They come to the Hamptons and have to stop four or five times along the way, but they can’t find a restroom,” he recently explained to Insider.

Shusterman explained that he offers two different procedures—prostatic artery embolization (PAE), which reduces the size of the male prostate, and “bladder botox,” which reduces urinary frequency in women.

He told the paper he had seen a 20 per cent increase in people wanting to go under the knife since May, revealing he had carried out around 10 PAE procedures and one or two bladder Botox in the past two months.

According to the doctor, patients complain that they have to use the bathroom “every hour” during the drive to the Hamptons and feel embarrassed to be in the car with others who can hold it.

“I don’t see them until around May. Then all of a sudden May comes along and they care more about it,” he explained.

“When they’re in a car with a bunch of people, they’re embarrassed because they have to go to the bathroom every hour. Thousands of people probably fight for it every week.”

And Shusterman admitted that he dealt with this problem on his own, and it even led to him losing friends.

Solving the problem: Shusterman, who is from New York, told Insider he's seen a 20 percent increase in people getting the procedures since May.

Solving the problem: Shusterman, who is from New York, told Insider he’s seen a 20 percent increase in people getting the procedures since May.

According to the doctor, patients complain that they have to use the bathroom

According to the doctor, patients complain that they have to use the bathroom “every hour” during the drive to the Hamptons (pictured) and feel embarrassed when others can hold it.

“I can’t tell you how many arguments I personally get into – I’ve lost three friends because I’m a driver and I refuse to pull over for them,” he revealed. “There’s just nowhere to stop.”

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How common are bladder problems in adults?

About 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have an enlarged bladder, Yale Medicine reported.

“That number jumps to 70 percent among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80 percent of men over 70,” he added.

The Mayo Clinic also reported that urinary incontinence affects one in four women and increases with age up to 75 percent of women over 65 report having this problem.

About 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have an enlarged bladder, Yale Medicine reported.

“That number jumps to 70 percent among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80 percent of men over 70,” he added.

The Mayo Clinic also reported that urinary incontinence affects one in four women and increases with age up to 75 percent of women over 65 report having this problem.

PAE surgery takes about an hour, Shusterman said, and recovery is “quick and relatively painless,” adding that it has “a very low risk of sexual side effects.” Surgery prevents the prostate from shrinking by preventing blood from entering the prostate.

While the procedure is covered by insurance, the urologist revealed that many people who don’t have one will spend $20,000 on it.

As for bladder botox, it can cost several thousand dollars if not covered by insurance.

For this procedure, Shusterman said, he “inserts a small probe into the urethra and uses a special needle to inject the drug.” He added that it lasts six months, so you’re ‘covered for the whole summer’.

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One 60-year-old man, who has withheld his identity for privacy, admitted he struggled with having to pee a lot during a long drive to the Hamptons, but has since been able to cure the problem with PAE surgery.

The men's procedure, which is

The men’s procedure, which is “quick and relatively painless,” can cost up to $20,000 without insurance, while botox costs several thousand dollars. Restaurants in the Hamptons can be seen

For those who are not ready for surgery, Shusterman gave one important piece of advice - stay away from alcohol.  Operation in the Hamptons is shown in 2021

For those who are not ready for surgery, Shusterman gave one important piece of advice – stay away from alcohol. Operation in the Hamptons is shown in 2021

“With the pandemic, most of New York has just moved into their Hamptons home. They relocated and it caused a lot of traffic,” he told the paper.

“It could be four hours in traffic and there are no rest stops. I had to exit the exit and find the bathroom [before the surgery].’ But now he said, ‘There is no fear. I am like a child.’

Dr. Vikram Rajpurohit, a radiologist at NYU Langone Health, said there are other options to treat the problem, including drugs you can take orally.

But he explained that the pills “have side effects that many patients would prefer to avoid,” including decreased libido and low blood pressure.

For those who aren’t ready for surgery, Shusterman had one important piece of advice that can help reduce the number of times you have to pee — stay away from alcohol.

“Alcohol is really bad – it has a direct irritating effect on the bladder. Drink clean water. Hydrate, but don’t overdo it,” he said. “You don’t want to be stuck on the road with nowhere to go.

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