Urinary Retention

Urinary retention is a condition when you have difficulty in completely emptying your bladder. People with urinary retention have the tendency to urinate often or have the urge to urinate again immediately after using the bathroom.

Consult the best urologist in Brooklyn if you have symptoms of urinary retention. Contact us at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center.

When you have urinary retention, it could be acute or chronic. Acute means that it can come very quickly and it can be severe, while chronic means you’ll have the condition for a longer period of time.


The signs and symptoms of urinary retention can vary. Symptoms of acute urinary retention can include:

  • The inability to urinate
  • Pain in the lower abdomen, often very severe
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Swelling of the lower abdomen

While the symptoms of chronic urinary retention develops over time and sometimes cause very few to no symptoms at all, which may make it hard to detect. If chronic urinary retention causes symptoms, they can include:

  • Frequent urination in a small amount
  • Slow urine stream
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Feeling the need to urinate again after urination
  • Leaking urine
  • Lower abdominal pain


Urinary retention can be caused by several different reasons. These reasons can include:

  • A blockage in the flow of your urine
  • Medications for other medical conditions
  • Nerve issues that interrupt how your brain and urinary system communicate
  • Infections that prevent the urine from being washed out from the body


The treatment for your urinary retention depends on its cause. Some causes might be easier to treat, while others may not. But treatment for this condition can include:

  • Antibiotics for your urinary tract infection
  • Physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Using a catheter to drain your bladder
  • A surgical procedure called urethral dilation
  • Inserting a stent into your urethra
  • Surgery to remove your enlarged prostate
  • Surgical repair of your cystocele

Anyone experiencing symptoms, especially with acute urinary retention, should see a doctor immediately. Chronic urinary retention is not a medical emergency, but it still does need to be checked because it might indicate a more serious underlying problem. Delaying treatments will only allow the condition to get worse. Mostly, urinary retention is treatable so there is no need for you to be embarrassed by this condition.

At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our team of urologists in East New York will help you diagnose, treat, and manage your condition. To schedule an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212, or you may call us at 1-347-384-5690 and visit our website at http://www.urologistbrooklyn.com/.