Suppose to have my bladder dilated 9-13 and i have never had it done before... will it hurt? and what do they do exactly? Been having bladder spasms for about a year now very painful my pain doc said it could be coming from my lower back pain..any info would be helpful
9 Sep 2011
They dont dilate the bladder, they dilate the urethra which is the passage coming from the bladder to the outside of the body. It is done with a special instrument they insert into the urethral opening called the urinary meatus (which is just the opening you see on the outside of the body where the urine comes from). This instrument stretches the urethra which makes the urine flow easier and helps the bladder clear better. They will usually give you a little sedation before the procedure. If they use Versed to sedate you, it has an amnesic effect and you will be awake and alert during the procedure but have no memory of it afterward. It is not a painful procedure-just more like uncomfortable. It stings a bit when they insert the device to dilate the urethra but that is really it. It really helped me with my bladder spasms for a few years.
10 Sep 2011
Dzoobaby is right about dilation the urethra... most times though, a general anesthetic is used w/ versed given first. But, for conditions like Intersticial cystitis which I don't know if you have, they do dilate the bladder... which is really called hydrodistention... because they distend the bladder with a water or saline solution... this is very painful, therefore you will have to have a general anesthetic... you should not even agree to have it done unless they do general anesthesia. Hope this helps... worked n a urology surgery center for 9 yrs. So good luck and if I can help w/ anything else please ask away... God Bless...
10 Sep 2011
I read all the anwers and the link provided above and persnally I wouldn't d it unless trying the valiumm and other alternatives mentioned first in the link I'm glad it has helped somene else b4 but the inf I read said usually not nessasary id consider talking to dr and seeing if it is read the link then decide good luck wish you well litlmommag
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