As you begin the diagnosis and treatment of urinary retention, you may meet a variety of medical professionals dedicated to giving you their best possible care. It’s important to be honest and straightforward with your health care providers about your symptoms, lifestyle, and treatment concerns.
Urologists are surgeons who specialise in diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Some urologists have specific experience in female urology and the treatment of urinary retention.
Gynaecologists specialise in women's general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts, sexual function, and hormonal disorders. Gynaecologists also treat pelvic organ and urinary tract problems.
Urogynaecologists specialise in diseases of the female urinary tract and pelvic reconstructive surgery. They also treat prolapse and bladder control problems, including urinary retention.
Urodynamic tests are usually conducted by nurses specialising in urodynamics. The test is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate your bladder function. The results of these tests help your doctor decide which treatment is right for you.
A nurse, nurse practitioner or physician assistant typically works closely with your doctor. He or she may answer questions, and advise you on treatments such as Kegel exercises, fluid and diet modification, or physical therapy.
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation may include pelvic floor stimulation and biofeedback-guided pelvic floor exercises, used alone or in combination.
Use our referral map tool to find a specialist who offers the full range of treatment options for urinary retention, including Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation), delivered by the InterStim™ System.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.