Our experienced urologists at Marina del Rey Hospital will evaluate and analyze each patient's affection and create personalized treatment plans. Additionally, our specialists have access to some of the most effective and innovative medical techniques available, which help them cure the patients' conditions and alleviate their symptoms effectively.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic bladder condition that causes symptoms of pain and pressure in the bladder area. The bladder and kidneys are the organs responsible for creating, storing and passing urine. The bladder is an empty muscular organ located on the pelvic floor that expands as it gets filled with urine sending signals to the brain when it’s time to go to the bathroom. When affected by interstitial cystitis, the feeling of needing to urinate will occur more often, and it may be followed by a painful urinating process. In some cases, the patients can also experience pelvic pain. The pain associated with IC can lead to emotional stress which, in turn, can lead to depression. Although it can affect both sexes, interstitial cystitis is more common in women, with symptoms getting worse during menstruation.
Surgery is rarely used, as removing the bladder can lead to other complications and does not relieve the pain, with some patients actually feeling worse after undergoing surgery. Generally, surgery is reserved for patients with severe pain or with bladders that can only hold small amounts of urine, but only after other methods of treatment have failed. If surgery is the only option, these are the most common procedures:
There is no standard method of treatment for IC as different people respond to different types of therapy, so our doctors may suggest trying different techniques or a combination of treatments before finding the right approach. Some of these treatments include:
There is only one type of interstitial cystitis which can sometimes present similar symptoms to a urinary tract infection, but the difference is that interstitial cystitis is not associated with an infection and does not have a clear cause.
When it comes to interstitial cystitis, every patient experiences different symptoms that can vary in time such as:
In order to diagnose IC, the doctor will perform a series of tests:
These are some of the risk factors that have been associated with interstitial cystitis:
The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not known, but there are a number of factors that may contribute to its development. Some of these factors can be:
Some patients have found alternative treatments to be beneficial for alleviating their symptoms, although they have not been scientifically confirmed. Some of these treatments include:
Since the cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown, there are no guidelines for preventing it. However, there are certain lifestyle strategies that can help with symptom relief:
Do you suspect you might be suffering from Interstitial Cystitis? You can always learn more about urinary conditions and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our highly-skilled urologists at Marina del Rey Hospital.