What are the American Urological Association (AUA) recommendations for surgery to treat 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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According to AUA, major surgery (eg, substitution cystoplasty, urinary diversion with or without cystectomy) is a sixth-line treatment for carefully selected patients for whom all other therapies have failed to provide adequate symptom control and quality of life. [3]  After weighing the invasiveness of surgery, the benign nature of IC/BPS, and multiple other treatment options available, the CUA concluded that major surgery should only be considered as an absolute last resort. [4]


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