Dr. Akl shares how interstitial cystitis is diagnosed and treated.
When interstitial cystitis is suspected by a physician by history and physical exam, usually a questionnaire is given to the patient. The questionnaire is usually focused on bladder symptoms. Other in-office tests like potassium sensitivity test can be done in the office to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no simple treatment for interstitial cystitis and there is no cure for interstitial cystitis. So treatment is usually directed to symptom relief. Treatment options include bladder installations, oral medications, and dietary modifications and others. A patient might have to go through a trial of multi-options or multiple treatment before reaching the treatment goal.
Interstitial cystitis is treated by a specialist, a urologist or a urogynecologist, who specializes mainly in bladder problems.
About Dr. Mohamed Akl, M.D.:
Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery.