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Wealthy New Yorkers undergo bladder surgery to avoid bathroom breaks on the drive to the Hamptons

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A urologist has claimed that wealthy New Yorkers are getting expensive prostate surgeries and Botox on their bladders to avoid having to take a bathroom break during the long drive from the city to the Hamptons.

Many of Manhattan’s wealthiest flock to the chic beach town, which sits on the coast of Long Island, on summer weekends, but they often face a problem as there are few places to stop and relieve yourself on the 90-mile drive. , which can take hours during the summer traffic jams.

dr. David Shusterman, a urologist in New York City, has a solution.

He’s one of several doctors who perform surgeries for people who want to hold onto their bladders longer — which he advertises with the tagline “Race to the Hamptons, not the bathroom” — and according to the doctor, people are queuing up to to solve the problem surgically.

A doctor has revealed that wealthy New Yorkers are undergoing prostate surgery and Botox on their bladders to avoid going to the bathroom during the long drive from the city to the Hamptons (pictured)

Many of Manhattan's wealthiest take a 90-mile drive and head to the chic beach town on the Long Island coast on summer weekends.

Many of Manhattan’s wealthiest take a 90-mile drive and head to the chic beach town on the Long Island coast on summer weekends.

They often face a problem because there are few places to stop and pee, and it can take hours to get there in the midst 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 midst 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 can’t find a toilet,” he explained Insider recently.

According to urologist David Shusterman (pictured), men are now going under the knife to shrink their prostates, while women are getting Botox on their bladders

According to urologist David Shusterman (pictured), men are now going under the knife to shrink their prostates, while women are getting Botox on their bladders

Shusterman explained that he offers two different procedures: a prostate artery embolization (PAE), which shrinks a man’s prostate, and a “bladder Botox,” which reduces urinary frequency for women.

He told the outlet that he has seen a 20 percent increase in people looking to go under the knife since May, revealing that he has performed about 10 PAE procedures and one or two bladder botoxes a week over the past two months.

According to the doctor, patients complain that they have to go to the toilet “every hour” during the drive to the Hamptons, and are embarrassed when they are in the car with others who can hold it.

‘I don’t see them until around May. Then suddenly May comes and they care more,’ he explained.

“If they are in a car with a bunch of people, they feel ashamed because they have to go to the bathroom every hour. Thousands of people are arguing about that probably every week.’

And Shusterman admitted that he’s dealt with this problem himself, and it has even led to him losing friends.

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

Fixing the problem: Shusterman, who is from New York City, 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 are embarrassed when others can hold it.

“I can’t tell you how many fights I personally get – I’ve lost three friends because I’m the driver and refuse to stop for them,” he revealed. “There’s just no place to stop.”

How common are adult bladder problems?

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

“That number rises to 70 percent among men aged 60 to 69 and about 80 percent among men over the age of 70,” it added.

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

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

“That number rises to 70 percent among men aged 60 to 69 and about 80 percent among men over the age of 70,” it added.

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

The 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.” The surgery prevents the prostate from shrinking by preventing blood from entering it.

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

As for the bladder Botox, that can cost a few thousand dollars if not covered by insurance.

For that procedure, Shusterman said he “puts a small scope through the urethra and uses a special needle to inject the drug.” He added that it takes six months, so you’re “covered all summer.”

A 60-year-old man, who withheld his identity for privacy reasons, admitted that he had to pee a lot during the long drive to the Hamptons, but has since had the problem resolved by undergoing 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 the Botox costs several thousand dollars. A restaurant in the Hamptons is seen

For those not ready for surgery, Shusterman has one key piece of advice: Stay away from alcohol.  Hamptons traffic is pictured in 2021

For those not ready for surgery, Shusterman has one key piece of advice: Stay away from alcohol. Hamptons traffic is pictured in 2021

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

“It can be in traffic for four hours and there are no breaks. I had to take an exit and find a 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 for overcoming the problem, including medication you can take orally.

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

For those not ready for surgery, Shusterman has one key piece of advice that can help reduce the number of times you pee — stay away from alcohol.

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

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