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Treatments and Surgery

The primary goal of the treatment for interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is to minimize symptoms.

However, no single treatment method is so effective that it should be the only solution.

In most cases, people with IC have to try different therapies until they find the right ones to manage their symptoms. The following treatments and procedures have been found to greatly improve IC symptoms.

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Atlanta Treatment Options for Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Some of the treatments for IC include:

  • Physical therapy – Pelvic pain, which is one of the symptoms of IC, may be relieved by a physical therapist.
  • Oral medication – Oral medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (for pain relief), tricyclic antidepressants (to relax the bladder), antihistamines (to minimize the urge to frequently urinate)  and pentosan polysulfate sodium (to restore the inner surface of your bladder) may improve symptoms of IC.
  • Changes in diet – Avoiding triggers such as alcohol, spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, chocolate and citrus fruits.
  • Electrical nerve stimulation – A device called TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator) unit will pass mild electrical impulses on the lower back or inside your vagina or rectum.
  • Bladder distention – While under general anesthesia, your bladder will be stretched with the use of sterile water. However, the benefits of this method will only last three months.
  • Bladder instillation – In this procedure, your bladder will be filled with a sterile solution with active ingredients such as heparin and DMSO that work directly on the bladder wall

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How to Know if Surgery for IC is Right for You

There are various surgical methods to increase your bladder’s size and treat ulcers in your bladder. However, surgical options are rarely used and are only considered if the patient is experiencing severe symptoms and other types of treatment do not work. If you’ve been experiencing these kinds of symptoms, chances are you’ve done some research online about solutions for IC starting with queries like “surgery for IC near me” or “urologist near me.”

If this is you, Advanced Urology can help. Call us today at 678-344-8900. Your Atlanta urologist will discuss the different options if you are a candidate for surgery. Those who experience severe pain and discomfort or patients with bladders that can only hold extremely low amounts of urine may be candidates for surgical procedures.

Most Effective Atlanta Surgical Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

The following are the most effective surgical procedures for the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis (IC):

  • Fulguration – This is a minimally invasive procedure wherein instruments will be inserted through the urethra to burn the ulcers that may occur with IC.
  • Resection – This is a minimally invasive procedure wherein instruments will be inserted through the urethra in order to cut around ulcers.
  • Bladder augmentation – In this method, a patch of intestine will be added to the bladder to increase its capacity. Yet, this option doesn’t get rid of the pain and those who underwent this may be required to empty their urinary bladders with a catheter several times a day.
  • Sacral neuromodulation – This procedure has been effective in managing IC symptoms and involves an alteration in the nervous system. A device will be installed and a wire will be implanted in your spinal column’s sacral area to send electrical impulses in your lower back. This method is intended to inhibit hyperactive signals from your bladder’s nerves.

Other surgical options that are rarely done for the treatment of IC include cystectomy, peripheral denervation (nerves from the urinary bladder are disrupted) or rerouting of urine flow.