What is the role of urinary tract reconstruction or urinary diversion in the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Indications for urinary tract reconstruction or urinary diversion are very limited in patients with interstitial cystitis. Candidates for these procedures should have exhausted all reasonable and available medical, pharmacologic, and behavioral therapies for their condition. They should also understand that even technically successful urinary tract reconstruction or urinary diversion still may not relieve the underlying symptoms of pain and urinary urgency.


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