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Bladder Distention

Related Treatments for Bladder Distention

If you are suffering from interstitial cystitis, but bladder distention does not work for you for one reason or another, there are a few other treatments available for IC’s symptoms. Other treatment options include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants to relieve pain and urinary frequency
  • Vistaril, an antihistamine that causes sedation and helps reduce urinary frequency
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), in which mild electric pulses are sent into the body for up to a few hours two or more times a day, either through wires placed on the lower back or special devices inserted into the vagina (for women) or rectum (for men)
  • Bladder instillation, in which the bladder is filled with a solution that is held for a period of time ranging for a few seconds to 15 minutes, after which the fluid is drained through a catheter
  • Bladder training, in which the patient urinates at designated times, then uses relaxation techniques to keep to the schedule, graduating trying to lengthen the time between scheduled urinations
  • Physical therapy and biofeedback, which has been shown to help relieve muscle spasms on the pelvic floor
  • Narcotic painkillers

If those treatments don’t work, surgery might. Surgical options include cytoscopic manipulation of the bladder, bladder removal (called a cystectomy), bladder augmentation (to accommodate more urine), as well as two procedures, fulguration and resection, for people with bladder ulcers.