Do you frequent the bathroom more than people around you? Or do you get the urge to urinate soon after having done it already? You may have a condition called interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis, often called painful bladder syndrome, is just as the name implies: a painful bladder condition that feels like pressure being placed on the bladder. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients can feel pain ranging from mild to severe. And while every patient’s symptoms are different, one of the most common symptoms is the frequent urge to urinate. For those who suffer from interstitial cystitis, there may be little hope of relief. Until now. If you aren’t familiar with stem cell therapy, you may be surprised how it can help with interstitial cystitis.
What is interstitial cystitis?
The healthy bladder expands and stores urine in the body until it gets full. When the bladder gets full, the bladder signals the brain to go to the bathroom because it is time to expel the urine. This is not the case for individuals with interstitial cystitis. Instead of expanding and signaling the brain when it’s full, the bladder signals the brain to urinate before it’s full. Those with this condition have the urge to urinate more often than most people. Additionally, the bladder usually becomes inflamed, which causes pain as well as a decrease in quality of life.
Causes of interstitial cystitis
While the exact cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown, genetics, infections, and autoimmune conditions to contribute. Currently, there is no cure for interstitial cystitis but there are a variety of medications and therapies available for some relief. These treatments desensitize the bladder so the pain and pressure decrease. However, these treatments do not result in permanent results because they do not fix the underlying autoimmune or genetic issue causing the condition.
How stem cell therapies can help
Stem cell therapy is one state of the art option for those with interstitial cystitis. Instead of simply controlling symptoms, stem cell therapy works to fix the underlying issue causing them. Stem cell therapy involves using the body’s “raw” materials – stem cells – to replace damaged or missing cells in the body. Stem cells can be transformed into specialized cells (such as bladder cells) to perform specific functions the body needs.
In the case of interstitial cystitis, stem cells replace damaged cells in the bladder. This results in reduced inflammation that causes the pain and pressure. It also reduces the urge to urinate significantly.
At National Stem Cell Centers, our affiliated physicians are devoted to advancing safe, effective regenerative therapies such as stem cell treatment. Using sophisticated adult stem cell technologies, we are able to harvest adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from your own fat deposits, which are up to 2,500 times more abundant than in bone marrow (Relevant research strongly suggests that stem cell treatment efficacy is related to the number of stem cells that can be recovered and deployed). After harvesting your stem cells on site, we are able to reintroduce them, with a goal of stimulating a self-healing cascade.
Call (646) 448-0427 (New York) or (516) 403-1457 (Long Island) today to find out if stem cell therapies are right for you and to schedule a complimentary consultation. National Stem Cell Centers also has locations in Southampton, NY; New Jersey; Dallas and Houston, Texas; and Atlanta. Make an appointment online at any one of our six locations today.