Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder. People with this condition are unable to urinate or they feel frequent urges but only urinate small amounts.
Urinary Retention Symptoms
You may be suffering from urinary retention if:
You experience difficulty starting to urinate
Frequent Small Voids
You urinate only a small amount, often resulting in frequent trips to the restroom
Slow Urine Stream
You need to strain when urinating and have a slow urine stream
You experience lower abdominal bloating or discomfort
Your journey to find the treatment solution that works for you
1CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Discuss your symptoms
Start a baseline bladder diary
Undergo recommended diagnostic tests
Discuss treatment options
Alpha-blocker medications (for men with prostate enlargement)
Clean intermittent self-catheterization
Urinary Retention Patient Care Pathway
Your doctor and his or her clinical team will follow a patient care pathway, which is a roadmap of the different treatment options available to you. The pathway starts with conservative treatments and then moves on to the advanced therapies.
CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
follow up with Your doctor
What Is Sacral Neuromodulation?
Sacral Neuromodulation is a therapy that provides gentle stimulation to the nerves that communicate between the brain and bladder and/or bowel. This advanced therapy restores normal communication, which can result in symptom improvement.
Urinary retention refers to a condition where patients can’t go to the bathroom. There’s always a spectrum where you’ve got some patients that, maybe it presents more as their stream is really slow and it feels like they have to sit there forever and they can’t get it all out. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got patients where they just can’t go at all and they have to use catheters and rely on those catheters to empty the bladder.
Generally, urinary retention symptoms progress over time. It usually starts as more of a slower stream, and then the patients will get a diagnosis at some point of the fact that they’re not emptying their bladder well. Treatment wise, there’s not a lot of options for urinary retention, especially when it comes to urinary retention in women. Sacral Neuromodulation is a strategy we use quite a bit if a patient is not getting the results they are looking for with catheter use.
How is the Axonics System different?
One of the advantages of the Axonics System is the small size of the device. Another nice feature is the 15+ year battery life. I think, from a patient’s standpoint, the idea of not having to come in for regular battery changes, which is a surgical procedure, is very appealing.
There is a solution for you.
The good news is that there are urinary retention treatment options for controlling your symptoms. The Axonics System is an advanced therapy option to treat your urinary retention symptoms. This therapy is a clinically proven solution to help people regain normal bladder control function.1
1. Pezzella A, McCrery R, Lane F, et al. Two-year outcomes of the ARTISAN-SNM study for the treatment of urinary urgency incontinence using the Axonics rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system. Neurourol Urodyn. 2021;40(2):714-721. doi:10.1002/nau.24615