Reducing the Pain of Interstitial Cystitis with Stem Cell Therapy

What is interstitial cystitis ?

Generally abbreviated as IC, and sometimes called painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is a painful condition that affects the bladder. It can cause pain and swelling, but it can also be difficult to diagnose, as the full range of symptoms is very wide. The condition can also present with a host of severities, and individual situations can escalate quickly. IC is a painful condition in which the bladder may feel under pressure, or the patient may experience bladder pain. In some cases, the patient may experience pain radiating throughout the pelvis. Interstitial cystitis involves the mixing of the normal signals the bladder uses to tell the brain it is full and must be emptied.
Generally, the expansion of the bladder with urine triggers a signal sent from the bladder to the brain that we interpret as the urge to urinate. However, patients with IC feel that urge much more frequently, often with little or no urine in the bladder. In some cases, the urge can be incredibly painful.


What Are the Symptoms of IC?

Patients suffering with interstitial cystitis may experience any of a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include pain in the bladder and the frequent, often intense, urge to urinate. Pelvic pain is also a common symptom.
Because IC is more commonly seen in women, pain between the vagina and anus is a commonly reported symptom. Other symptoms can include pain while the bladder fills, although without the urge to urinate until the bladder is full. Pain during sex is also a possible symptom, as is frequent urination (with or without much volume).


What Causes IC?

The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not known. However, there are quite a few potential contributing factors. Most people who suffer from IC also have a defect in the lining of the bladder that may allow toxins within urine to irritate the bladder wall itself. There are also potential autoimmune factors, and allergies may also play a role.
Individuals with fair skin and red hair are at a higher risk for developing the condition, and women in general are more likely to develop IC than are men. In addition, those with other chronic pain/inflammatory conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, are at a greater risk.


How Can IC Be Treated?

There is currently no cure for interstitial cystitis, and the treatment options vary in terms of effectiveness. Physical therapy (training pelvic muscles) may work for some patients, but for others, the only solution is to take a prescription medication, such as hydroxyzine, pentosane, or amitriptyline. However, stem cell therapy is an emerging option that should be considered.


How Can Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Help?

Regenerative Stem cell therapy has shown significant potential in treating a wide range of conditions in which inflammation is one of the major underlying factors. This includes interstitial cystitis.
Regenerative Stem cell treatment can significantly attenuated the irregular and decreased voiding and not only reduces symptoms but can improve the thickness and coverage of the bladder’s lining and to improve overall bladder health.


What are the top Benefits of Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments?

With so many options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments provides.  Over all Regenerative treatments are minimally invasive, non-surgical same day procedures with no risk of rejection, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. You are fully awake and ready to go home within a few hours after injections in the affected area.


Here are the top benefits to be aware of:

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Avoid surgery and its risks and many complications

Regenerative Therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, which gives patients an alternative to painful surgery and lengthy recovery. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes a few hours. No general anaesthesia is required and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, patients typically return to work within a week or two (unless told otherwise by the doctor) and they resume physical activity much faster than after invasive hip surgery.


Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With Regenerative therapies, there is far less risk involved than surgery and recovery time is much shorter compared to surgery.


No use of general anaesthesia

Do you not like the way general anaesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Regenerative therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anaesthesia. It provides a safe increasingly effective non-surgical alternative to treating medical conditions using the body’s own natural ability to repair itself without the use of medication.


Same day procedure

The best part, after comprehensive examination and review of your case, blood tests & radio-imaging scans are done to establish a baseline for your pre-existing condition, is that our Regenerative Therapies are a non-invasive treatment and an outpatient same day procedure, where the Consultant will decide which line of Regenerative Therapy is most suited to your case. In certain cases it may be a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients however, the complete protocol is a series of injections in several treatment sessions.


Safe procedures with No risk of rejection and No communicable disease transmission

Your immune system has no reason to attack your cells and there is no risk of contracting a transmittable infectious disease from a donor patient also. In fact, studies thus far have indicated no safety issues with fat-derived autologous (from self) cells. Because they are your own cells, the risk of rejection is eliminated.

The increased risk of heart attack, as found to be associated with hip replacement surgery, is not present with Regenerative therapies, either. Like any procedure, there is a minute risk of infection at the sample collection and at the hip injection site. To minimize that risk the procedure is carried out under strict sterile conditions.

Am I a candidate for the Medica Institute Regenerative therapies?

In general, Regenerative Medica Institute Regenerative Therapies can be utilised by anyone, regardless of the age, race, or gender. However, in order to determine if you are a good candidate and will benefit the most from Regenerative treatment, you will need to schedule an appointment with our Clinic to have an assessment done by our Consultant, who will review your medical records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for our therapy. The choice of treatment is then at the discretion of the Consultant and is based on your unique case.


Regenerative Therapy may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking for safe treatment alternatives. Regenerative treatments are not suitable for all conditions and all patients. The consultant will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate.

Your first step to exploring your treatment options is scheduling a consultation with our Consultant. To do so call us on 020 8168 2000 or alternatively book a consultation online or request a call back today!