Treatment Options for a Full Bladder

by Sally on October 10, 2013

Treatment Options for a Full Bladder

Are you having a hard time telling when your bladder is already full? Do you have issues starting to empty all the urine from your bladder? Are you experiencing urinary retention? If your answer is yes, it is very important that you know the possible underactive bladder or full bladder treatments.
What exactly is an underactive bladder?

If you have an underactive bladder, your body cannot tell you exactly when your bladder is already filled with urine. When this occurs, it simply means that the nerves sending and receiving signals in your bladder are weakened or have already become defective. Once the communication of your brain and your urinary bladder muscle are disrupted, your body will have a hard time feeling the increasing pressure of urine. As a result, you will not recognize the need to urinate.

Other than that, even if you are aware that your urinary bladder is full, the organ’s muscle responsible for squeezing urine out may not get the message that it is already the time to push. This will lead to having a full or underactive bladder. This condition will not only cause a decrease in urine frequency. It can also produce urine leakage as well as UTI or urinary tract infection. With these, treatment is absolutely necessary.

What are the treatment options?

Medications: After proper diagnosis, doctors recommend medications that may help manage the symptoms of an underactive bladder. The most common medication that physicians prescribe to patients with an underactive bladder is Bethanechol. This drug makes certain nerves to become more active.

Catheterization: If a prescribed medication fails to give good results, or the condition created complications, you may be provided the option of catheterization. With an underactive bladder, it is quite normal for medical practitioners to use this method. This is because whenever urine remains in your bladder for a longer periods of time, your organ becomes a breeding ground for some bacteria. So, to avoid the occurrence of urinary tract infection, this is done when needed.

Stimulation: Another treatment option for an underactive bladder is the use of nerve stimulation. With this method, a wire is inserted near the sacral nerves where signals or impulses are released to help stimulate the bladder. Not everyone responds positively to this kind of treatment; however it still can offer remedy for some people.

Surgery: It is a fact that not everyone would allow themselves to use a catheter or undergo nerve stimulation just to empty their full bladder. For people who do not prefer the first few treatment options, surgery is the key to their need. In this method, a cuff or stent is placed just around the neck of the urinary bladder to assist with the emptying and leakage of urine.