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The Stem Cell Institute in Plano, Texas administers pain relief treatments for interstitial cystitis.
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis – also known as painful bladder syndrome – is a chronic condition in which the sufferer experiences bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain, which can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. Interstitial cystitis most often occurs in women, and can have a long-lasting impact on one’s quality of life. Interstitial cystitis is defined as “an unpleasant sensation perceived to be related to the urinary bladder, associated with lower urinary tract symptoms of more than 6 weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes,” according to new American IC/BPS guidelines in 2009.
Cystitis Treatment Options
Although there is no treatment or cure that reliably eliminates the disease indefinitely, SVF can be applied to aid in the relief of pain that occurs from the syndrome. In stem cell therapy, two-thirds of the donor’s SVF will be administered via IV infusion in these types of procedures, and the remaining third is deployed directly at the point of the pain with a special “gauge needle.” The fatty stem cells are regenerative in nature and have proven to aid in the healing and pain relief process for these types of syndromes.
Following the brief and simple outpatient procedure, the patient is advised to participate in aggressive barrier therapy every week for a month. For the next three months after the initial month of barrier therapy, the frequency of the sessions can decrease to twice a month. It is also strongly suggested that the use of pentosan in liposomes be practiced. It is known that patients with interstitial cystitis demonstrate abnormal cell signaling and cytokine release, and it is for this reason stem cell treatment can be helpful for patients who exhibit muscular damage from the disease. Although regenerative healing naturally takes time and immediate improvement in symptoms is not expected, SVF will help aid in the pain relief from the bladder syndrome and patients will be observed closely over time in order to track effectiveness of the pain relief treatment.
Painful Bladder Treatment in Plano
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