Treatment Options

Your physician may identify inflammatory findings of painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis during a cystoscopy exam. Typically, these patients experience urinary urgency and frequency, along with an annoying pressure or pain in their bladder.

No standardized therapy exists for the management of interstitial cystitis. Treatment often begins with dietary modification to identify dietary triggers that could potentially impact your bladder. Caffeine is known to flare bladder symptoms. For some, tomatoes and/or citrus fruits can also have an effect, but not every patient has dietary triggers.

Putting medication directly into the bladder (bladder instillation) to alleviate symptoms can be done in the office setting. This is accomplished by inserting a small catheter into the bladder, then flushing medication through the catheter into the bladder. When the catheter is removed, the medication remains in the bladder until the patient voids. There are different medications that are used for this procedure.

Hydro-distension is a surgical procedure performed under anesthesia in the operating room. Using a cystoscope inside the bladder, the bladder is filled with fluid until it is maximally full. This stretching technique can provide relief to some patients with painful bladder syndrome.

Other experimental treatments exist as well.

Our physicians are highly trained in the management of bladder pain syndrome.