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Is Surgery Needed for Urinary Retention?
Depending on the cause of the urinary retention, surgery may be indicated to help resolve the urinary retention. Surgery is commonly performed for urethral strictures, bladder stones, enlarged prostate, bladder prolapse, certain neurologic conditions, pelvic tumors, and other conditions. Whether or not you gain the ability to completely empty your bladder after surgery will depend to some extent on the function of your bladder and its ability to improve function after the blockage is relieved.
Is It Possible to Prevent Urinary Retention?
Good urination habits are essential to keep the bladder functioning normally. Most people normally urinate four to six times per day. Frequent holding of urination for prolonged periods can weaken bladder muscles because of overstretching. This may not seem like a problem initially, but over the course of 20-30 years, it can cause urination problems. Excess alcohol intake may lead to increased urine production and overdistention of the bladder. Lastly, over-the-counter cold medications containing antihistamines and pseudoephedrine (and other medications like it) can increase the risk of urinary retention in men with prostate enlargement.
What Is the Prognosis for an Inability to Urinate?
The prognosis depends on the source of the problem.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2017
Pamela I. Ellsworth, MD
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