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Treatment Options for Urinary Retention

Urinary Retention

There are several treatment options for urinary retention, including Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy (Sacral Neuromodulation), delivered by the InterStim™ System.* If other treatments haven’t worked for you, talk to your doctor about ways that Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy may be able to help.


Your doctor may recommend intermittent self-catheterization, a procedure where you insert a catheter into the urinary tract long enough to empty the bladder and then remove it, at regular intervals,

Behavioral Techniques

Some people can reduce their symptoms of urinary retention with lifestyle changes, fluid and diet modification, bladder retraining, Kegel exercises or other kinds of physical therapy.


Your doctor may prescribe medications to help control the symptoms of urinary retention. Some of these medications help the bladder muscle to squeeze better and may improve your ability to urinate.

Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy

Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy is clinically proven to significantly improve bladder control in people who have not had success with other treatments. It uses a device that provides gentle electrical stimulation to correct miscommunication between the bladder and the brain that could be causing urinary retention symptoms. Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy may be an option if urinary retention is not caused by an obstruction.


Medtronic Bladder Control Therapy is not intended for urinary retention caused by an obstruction.

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.