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Rich New Yorkers are getting bladder surgery to avoid bathroom breaks on the drive to the Hamptons 

A urologist has claimed that rich New Yorkers are getting pricey prostate surgery and Botox on their bladders to avoid having 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, which is located on the shore in Long Island, on summer weekends, but they are often faced with a problem as there are little places to stop and relieve yourself on the the 90-mile drive, which could take hours amid summer traffic jams.

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

He is one of the many doctors providing surgery for people looking to increase the amount of time that they can hold their bladder – which he advertises using the tagline, ‘Race to the Hamptons, not to the bathroom’ – and according to the doctor, people are lining up to surgically solve the problem.

A doctor has revealed that rich New Yorkers are getting prostate surgery and Botox on their bladders to avoid bathroom breaks on the long drive from the city to the Hamptons (pictured)

Many of Manhattan's wealthiest take the 90-mile drive and head down to the upscale beach town, which is located on the shore in Long Island, on summer's weekends

Many of Manhattan’s wealthiest take the 90-mile drive and head down to the upscale beach town, which is located on the shore in Long Island, on summer’s weekends

They are often faced with a problem as there are few places to stop and pee, and it could take hours to get there amid traffic. A photo taken in 2020 shows the traffic in the Hamptons

They are often faced with a problem as there are few places to stop and pee, and it could take hours to get there amid traffic. A photo taken in 2020 shows the traffic in the Hamptons

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

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

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

Shusterman explained that he offers two different procedures – a prostate artery embolization (PAE), which reduces the size of a man’s prostate, and a ‘bladder Botox,’ which decreases urinary frequency for women. 

He told the outlet that he has seen a 20 per cent spike in people looking to go under the knife since May, revealing that he’s performed roughly 10 PAE procedures and one or two bladder Botoxes a week over the last two months.

According to the doctor, patients complain about having to use the bathroom ‘every hour’ during the drive to the Hamptons, and feel embarrassed when they’re in the car with others who can hold it.

‘I don’t see them until around May. Then all of a sudden, May comes and they care more,’ 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 are probably fighting about this every week.’ 

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

Solving the problem: Shusterman, who is from New York City, told Insider he has seen a 20 per cent spike in people getting the procedures since May

 Solving the problem: Shusterman, who is from New York City, told Insider he has seen a 20 per cent spike in people getting the procedures since May

According to the doctor, patients complain about having to use the bathroom 'every hour' during the drive to the Hamptons (pictured), and feel embarrassed when others can hold it

According to the doctor, patients complain about having 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 the driver and refuse to stop for them,’ he revealed. ‘There’s just no place to stop.’

How common is bladder problems among adults? 

About 50 per cent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have enlarged bladders, Yale Medicine reported.

‘That number jumps to 70 per cent among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80 per cent of men over 70 years of age,’ it added.

Mayo Clinic also reported that urine incontinence affects one in four women and increases with age, with up to 75 per cent of women above 65 reporting that they have the problem.

About 50 per cent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have enlarged bladders, Yale Medicine reported.

‘That number jumps to 70 per cent among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80 per cent of men over 70 years of age,’ it added.

Mayo Clinic also reported that urine incontinence affects one in four women and increases with age, with up to 75 per cent of women above 65 reporting that they have the problem.

The PAE surgery takes about an hour, Shusterman said, and recovery is ‘quick and relatively painless,’ adding it has ‘a very low risk of sexual side effects.’ The surgery prevents the prostate from shrinking by stopping blood from getting into it.

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

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

For that procedure, Shusterman said he ‘inserts a small scope through the urethra and uses a special needle to inject the drug.’ He added that it lasts for six months, so you’re ‘covered for the entire summer.’

One 60-year-old man, who kept his identity hidden for privacy reasons, admitted that he used to struggle with having to pee a lot during the long drive to the Hamptons, but he has since cured the problem by receiving PAE surgery. 

The men's procedure, which is 'quick and relatively painless,' can cost up to $20,000 without insurance, while the Botox is a few thousand dollars. A restaurant in the Hamptons is seen

The men’s procedure, which is ‘quick and relatively painless,’ can cost up to $20,000 without insurance, while the Botox is a few thousand dollars. A restaurant in the Hamptons is seen

For those who aren't ready to get surgery, Shusterman did give one important piece of advice - stay away from alcohol. Hamptons traffic is pictured in 2021

For those who aren’t ready to get surgery, Shusterman did give one important piece of advice – stay away from alcohol. Hamptons traffic is pictured in 2021

‘With the pandemic, most of New York just moved out to their Hamptons house. They relocated and it’s caused a lot of traffic,’ he told the outlet.

‘It could be four hours stuck in traffic and there are no rest stops. I had to pull off an exit and find a bathroom [before the surgery].’ But now, he said, ‘There’s no dread. I’m like a kid.’

Dr. Vikram Rajpurohit, a radiologist at NYU Langone Health, said there are other options to solve the problem, which includes medication that you can take orally.

However, he explained that the pills ‘have side effects which many patients would rather avoid,’ including a decrease in libido and low blood pressure.

For those who aren’t ready to get surgery, Shusterman did give one important piece of advice which can help reduce the amount of times you have to pee – stay away from alcohol.

‘Alcohol is really bad – it has a direct irritation effect on the bladder. Drink plain water. Hydrate, but don’t over-hydrate,’ he shared. ‘You don’t want to be stuck on the road with nowhere to go.’


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