Urinary Retention Clinic in Birmingham

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Urinary retention is a medical condition characterised by the inability to empty the bladder completely. It can be either acute or chronic and may result from various underlying causes. In acute urinary retention, the sudden and painful inability to urinate occurs, requiring immediate medical attention. Chronic urinary retention is a long-term condition where the bladder doesn't empty properly over time. At our private clinic in Birmingham, we understand the sensitivity of this issue, and your privacy is of utmost importance to us.

Many individuals choose to endure urinary retention issues in silence due to societal misconceptions, but it's crucial to recognise that most forms can be effectively managed or corrected. Our dedicated team is here to provide confidential and compassionate care, ensuring that you feel comfortable addressing and resolving any concerns related to urinary incontinence.

What is Urinary Retention? 

Urinary retention is a condition characterised by the inability to completely empty the bladder, leading to the build-up of urine. This can occur suddenly (acute urinary retention) or gradually (chronic urinary retention). The inability to urinate can result from various causes, and the implications of leaving urinary retention untreated can be significant.

What Happens in Urinary Retention:

  • Bladder Distension: The inability to empty the bladder results in the gradual stretching of the bladder walls.
  • Increased Pressure: As the urine accumulates, the pressure within the bladder rises, which can cause discomfort and pain. 
  • Back Flow of Urine: In severe cases, the pressure may cause urine to flow backwards into the kidneys, potentially leading to kidney damage and kidney function problems in a small number of cases.
  • Increased Risk of Infections: Stagnant urine in the bladder provides a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections.

What Causes Urinary Retention?

The causes of urinary retention include:

  • Obstruction: Blockages in the urinary tract, such as an enlarged prostate in men or tumours, can impede the flow of urine.
  • Nerve Problems: Conditions like multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, or nerve damage from diabetes can affect the nerves controlling bladder function.
  • Weak Bladder Muscles: Weakened bladder muscles may be unable to contract effectively to expel urine.
  • Infections: Infections, such as urinary tract infections, can cause inflammation and disrupt normal bladder function.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, or some antidepressants, can contribute to urinary retention.

The Symptoms and Implications

Symptoms of urinary retention may include a frequent urge to urinate, difficulty initiating urination, weak or interrupted urine stream, a sense of incomplete emptying, and abdominal discomfort. If left untreated, urinary retention can lead to:

  • Infections: Persistent urinary retention can lead to recurrent urinary tract infections, which may ascend to the kidneys, causing more severe health issues.
  • Kidney Damage: Backflow of urine into the kidneys can lead to hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidneys), kidney damage, and potentially kidney failure if left untreated.
  • Bladder Damage: Chronic retention may result in weakened bladder muscles and reduced bladder capacity over time.
  • Pain and Discomfort: As the bladder distends, it can cause significant pain and discomfort.
  • Reduced Quality of Life: The symptoms of urinary retention, such as the constant urge to urinate and difficulty voiding, can significantly impact a person's quality of life and daily activities.

Treating Urinary Retention

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may involve addressing the obstruction, managing nerve-related issues, or prescribing medications to improve bladder function. In severe cases, catheterisation may be necessary to relieve the retention and allow urine to drain from the bladder. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and management if you suspect urinary retention. Untreated urinary retention can lead to serious complications and compromise the health of the urinary and renal systems.

When you book an appointment with our specialist, they will carry out a thorough assessment of your symptoms and medical history, as well as conduct a physical examination and relevant diagnostic tests to confirm your urinary retention. 

Our Urinary Retention Consultations

The process can vary for adults and children, and it's essential to consider age-specific factors.

Urinary Retention Appointments for Adults

Our adult appointments can involve:

  • Symptom Assessment: An evaluation of common symptoms such as a weak or hesitant urinary stream, incomplete bladder emptying, difficulty initiating urination, frequent urination, or a sense of urgency. Any pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvis will be investigated.
  • Medical History: All information about pre-existing medical conditions, medications, surgical history, or recent trauma that could contribute to urinary issues will be collated.
  • Physical Examination: A physical examination will be conducted, including a thorough abdominal and genital examination, to check for signs of swelling, masses, or abnormalities.
  • Bladder Scan or Ultrasound: If required, the use of non-invasive techniques like bladder ultrasound or a portable bladder scan may be used to measure post-void residual (PVR) volume, which can indicate incomplete bladder emptying.
  • Urinalysis: A urinalysis may be performed to identify signs of infection, blood, or other abnormalities.
  • Urodynamic Studies: In some cases, urodynamic studies may be conducted to assess bladder function and identify the cause of urinary retention.
  • Cystoscopy: If necessary, cystoscopy may be recommended to directly visualise the inside of the bladder and urethra, allowing for the detection of structural abnormalities, blockages, or other issues.

Urinary Retention Appointments for Children

If parents are observing symptoms such as frequent bedwetting, pain during urination, or a distended abdomen in younger children, then we recommend arranging an appointment.

Our paediatric  appointments can involve:

  • Medical History: All information on the child's overall health, birth history, and any developmental concerns that might impact urinary function will be collated and considered.
  • Physical Examination: A careful examination of the abdomen, genitalia, and neurological status is crucial in assessing urinary retention in children.
  • Bladder Ultrasound: Non-invasive techniques, like bladder ultrasound, may also be used to measure PVR in children as well.
  • Urinalysis: Similar to adults, urinalysis can help identify signs of infection or other abnormalities. In certain cases, this may be required.
  • Voiding Diary: In older children, maintaining a voiding diary may be recommended as these can provide valuable information about urinary habits.

Our Private Cystoscopy Service

Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure where a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera (cystoscope) is inserted into the urethra and advanced into the bladder. It allows for a direct visualisation of the bladder's interior. Cystoscopy is a valuable tool to identify structural abnormalities, tumours, or other issues that might contribute to urinary retention. For more detailed information on cystoscopy, refer to our dedicated page.

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How Does the Urinary System Work?

The urinary system, or renal system, is vital for maintaining bodily homeostasis by regulating water, electrolytes, and other substances. Comprising the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, this system filters blood through nephrons, removing waste and producing urine. Filtration occurs in capillaries, with blood pressure pushing water, salts, and waste into nephrons. Reabsorption of essential substances and secretion of certain elements happen in renal tubules. The remaining fluid becomes urine, transported to the bladder by ureters. The bladder stores urine until expulsion through the urethra. The process ensures fluid and electrolyte balance, contributing to overall physiological stability.

Meet Our Urology Consultants

Meet Dr Rupesh Bhatt

Dr Rupesh Bhatt, a distinguished Consultant Urological Surgeon, brings his expertise in uro-oncology and laparoscopic urology to our clinic in the West Midlands. With substantial training and a noteworthy stint at the prestigious Christie Hospital, he is highly sought after for complex cases and second opinions. His proficiency in kidney cancer surgery was prominently featured in the BBC TV series "Surgeons: At the Edge of Life: Last Chance Saloon." Holding a doctorate in prostate cancer stem cells, Dr. Bhatt boasts numerous publications and awards, actively contributes to national committees and guidelines, and extends compassionate and innovative care with effective communication. Patients nationwide seek his consultations, and his practice encompasses vasectomy, vasectomy reversal, and circumcision, catering to a broad geographical area.

Meet Dr Shabi Ahmad

Dr. Shabi Ahmad is a highly experienced Consultant Urological Surgeon with over 8 years of dedicated service in Birmingham. Prior to his tenure in Birmingham, Dr. Ahmad spent 6 years honing his skills in the North East. Renowned for his expertise in complex stone surgeries, Dr. Ahmad stands out as one of the few Consultants offering this specialised service.

In addition to his proficiency in stone surgeries, Dr. Ahmad specialises in the management of male and female incontinence, urinary tract infections, urological cancers, blood in the urine, BPH, and overactive bladder. His career path was deeply influenced by a familial history of kidney issues, having tragically lost his father and two uncles to renal failure. This personal connection fuels his passion for supporting and aiding individuals with renal diseases.

Outside of his professional commitments, Dr. Ahmad actively engages in charitable endeavours on both national and international fronts, contributing his expertise to organisations such as BAUS and Royal Colleges. A keen observer of global policies and current affairs, he also enjoys unwinding on sunny cricket pitches during the summer months, weather permitting, of course.

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If you're grappling with a urological condition, prompt expert advice is essential. Our private urology clinic in Birmingham ensures you won't endure a lengthy wait for an appointment or require a GP referral to consult a specialist. With flexible appointment scheduling, we prioritise your care from the moment you book with us until you conclude your treatment. Our dedicated team is equipped to address any concern, providing outstanding patient-centric care.

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Situated in Edgbaston, our private urologist operates from a well-equipped Birmingham clinic featuring six consultation rooms and modern facilities. Conveniently accessible by public transport, with bus services to Highfield Road and proximity to Five Ways Station, we also offer hassle-free parking for those arriving by car.

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