Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the urinary bladder. It is often associated with significant voiding problems including urinary urgency, frequency, and pelvic pain. Although it occurs in both men and women, it affects a significantly larger percentage of women. Symptoms may be similar to a urinary tract infection, but often do not respond completely to antibiotics. It is generally not considered to be caused by urinary infections or bacteria. Patients with IC often have problems with pelvic pain which can negatively affect daily activities including urination, exercise, and sexual health.
A wide range of therapies are available to treat patients diagnosed with IC. These include diet, medications and surgeries. Dietary modification helps patients to avoid foods and beverages that tend to cause more bladder irritation, Medications may include treatments taken orally or with medicines instilled into the bladder. In some cases, surgical procedures such as bladder distension may be useful to help reduce symptoms of IC. Patients who experience significant problems with urinary urgency and frequency may benefit from use of neuromodulation (stimulation of the nerves that control the bladder).
Dr. Tomas Griebling and Dr. John Weigel provide specialized care for patients suffering from IC and other chronic pelvic pain syndromes. They offer a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments for the condition. The KU Department of Urology also helps organize a support group for patients diagnosed with IC and their friends and family members.