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Bladder Instillations

Related Treatments for Bladder Instillations

If you are suffering from interstitial cystitis, bladder instillation is not your only option. Other treatment options include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants, which can 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 distention, a procedure to improve bladder capacity and interfere with pain signals transmitted by nerve cells in the bladder by over-filling the bladder with fluid while the patient is under general anesthesia
  • 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

For patients for whom these treatments don’t work, doctors may recommend surgery. Surgical options include cytoscopic manipulation of the bladder, bladder removal (called a cystectomy), bladder augmentation (to accommodate more urine), as well procedures called fulguration and resection, which can help people with bladder ulcers. 

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