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In bladder stretching why would some people need augmentation and others just need hydrodistention? Which is more effective?
Depends on severity: Bladder distention is the most common treatment for interstitial cystitis and is sometimes, but not always, effective. It involves filling and distending the bladder with fluid while under anesthesia. Bladder augmentation is a surgical procedure and is used only in the most severe cases. Research and discuss augmentation thoroughly before considering it. Medication is also effective sometimes. ...Read more
Depends: Hydrodistention is done for diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis, laparoscopy for many reasons, usually short procedures. More important is that they are done well and achieve the expected goals. If you are asking about results, some patients may go years in between hydrodistentions. ...Read more
Maybe a month?: Bladder distention surgery, also known as hydrodistention, is mostly used to improve symptoms in people with interstitial cystitis. There can be worsening of symptoms the first couple of days with gradual improvement of those symptoms over the next few weeks, maybe four weeks. The urologist can talk about how long his patients usually take to recover. ...Read more
Should I still have painful stabbing pain while urinating after three weeks of having a cystoscopy and hydrodistention done?
Have Interstitial Cystitis (dx w/cystoscopy + hydrodistention). Had 3rd instillation today for a bad flare, and when I emptied my bladder an hour later as directed, I had mild burning in my urethra. Never happened before. What's up with that?
IC with UTI sx: Interstitial cystitis is caused by thickening of the smooth muscle of the bladder secondary to multiple urinary tract infections, generally untreated. The urethra has many pockets which can harbor bacteria, and exercise and/or sexual activity can cause seeding of the bladder, and result in burning in the urethra. Get a urine culture to be certain. ...Read more
Dr will test you...: Before any surgical procedure, your physician will test you for pregnancy. This is the standard of care for women to ensure that treatment/medication choices are safe if she is pregnant. The test itself does not look at the uterus. So, the answer is yes - the doctor will be able to tell but not from the cystoscopy procedure itself. ...Read more
I have urine urge & frequency but no pain. Could this be Interstitial cystitis? Is hydrodistension safe? Can my bladder burst?
Here are some. ..: Glad to know you've no pain but urgency & frequency. So, work on lifestyle modification as the initial step of care by avoiding foods / beverages containing bladder irritants such coffee / caffeine-rich drinks like tea, coke, pop, etc. As well as urine-producing drinks such as all alcohol beverages & water over-drinking, and voiding timely. As to bladder dilation, it's safe under anesthesia. .. ...Read more
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