Urinary retention means that you aren't able to urinate. In men, it is often caused by a blockage of the urinary tract from an enlarged prostate gland. In men and women, it can also be caused by an infection or nerve damage. Or it may be a side effect of a medicine.
The doctor may have drained the urine from your bladder. If you still have problems passing urine, you may need to use a catheter at home. This is used to empty your bladder until the problem can be fixed. Your doctor may put a catheter in your bladder before you go home. If so, he or she will tell you when to come back to have the catheter removed.
The doctor has checked you closely. But problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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