Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Urinary Retention Treatment

Treatment for urinary retention depends on the underlying cause. Initial treatment for urinary retention may include the insertion of a urinary catheter into the bladder, in order to drain the bladder. Medication or surgery may be required to treat the underlying cause for the urinary retention.

Treatment for urinary retention may include:

  • Urinary catheter:
    • A flexible, rubber tube is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder
    • The tube allows urine to drain from the bladder
  • Surgery for urinary retention:
    • In order to relieve an obstruction in the urethra

In elderly men, urinary retention is often caused by an enlarged prostate, which can obstruct the flow of urine through the urethra.

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Urinary Retention Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of urinary retention.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for urinary retention?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Urinary Retention Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat urinary retention:

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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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