Bladder instillations are a form of treatment for interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome. There is no cure for this disease, so bladder instillations only act as a source of symptom relief.
During the procedure, the bladder is filled with a special drug designed to coat and protect it. A catheter is inserted up the urethra and directly into the bladder, where the liquid is dispersed and finally emptied after 10 to 15 minutes of holding it in.
Treatments are usually given once a week for six to eight weeks, with symptom relief reaching a peak after three to four weeks.
Bladder instillations can prevent many of the problems associated with painful bladder syndrome, including:
Your nurse will perform this procedure at your home and eventually teach you how to manage your bladder care on your own.