Small Urinary Bladder in Men and Women: Symptoms and Treatment in Manhattan

by Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, a board-certified urologist and specialist in the treatment of urinary problems in men and women including frequent urination, burning with urination and urinary retention.  

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What is Small Bladder Capacity and What is Normal Bladder Capacity? 

Small bladder capacity refers to a situation when the urinary bladder cannot store an adequate amount of urine in the bladder.  Normally, urinary bladder can hold at least 300-500 mL of urine before a severe urge to urinate occurs. A moderate urge normally occurs after about 300 ml is in the bladder. When someone is in a situation where they cannot reach the bathroom easily, often bladder can store as much as 1 liter (1,000 ml) but with some obvious discomfort.

Patients who have a strong urge to urinate when the amount of urine in the bladder is significantly less than 300-500 mL are considered to have small bladder capacity.  Men and women with small bladder capacity often have a sensation that they need to urinate as soon as the bladder fills, often with less than 100 mL of urine.  They often have a strong urge to pee to the point that they cannot hold any longer when the bladder fills to 150-200 mL which is less than half of what the normal bladder capacity is (300-500 ml).

Small bladder capacity in men is most often a result of an enlarged prostate.

Symptoms of Small Bladder Capacity? 

Most common symptoms of small bladder capacity are strong urge to urinate as soon as someone drinks a couple of water or other fluids.  Frequent urination and difficulty holding urine (urge to urinate) of the most common symptoms of small bladder capacity.  Bladder discomfort and pain may also occur when patients try to hold urine.  It is important to understand that these symptoms may also be caused by other problems and are not always caused by small bladder capacity.  Other causes of these symptoms include UTI, overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder among others

How Can Bladder Capacity be Improved?

Depending on the underlying cause of small bladder capacity, behavioral therapy and bladder training can improve bladder capacity in some patients. 

Medications such as Toviaz, Vesicare, and Myrbetriq can also increase bladder capacity and work best in combination with behavioral training.  Tibial nerve neuromodulation, sacral nerve neuromodulation and Botox for the treatment of overactive bladder can also help increase bladder capacity in patients with small bladder capacity.  Occasionally, surgical treatment with bladder augmentation is necessary to increase bladder capacity typically in patients with neurogenic bladder.

Why Choose New York Urology Specialists for Treatment of Small Bladder Capacity?

  • All treatment is performed by a Board-certified urologist experienced in treating men with symptoms of frequent urination, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence and bladder pain using medical therapy, minimally invasive therapies, lasers and open surgery.
  • We are one of the few practices in the region to offer a full range of options for treatment of urinary problems in men and women
  • We offer treatment options for overactive bladder, UTI, and urinary incontinence in our office which avoids the risks, costs, and recovery from general anesthesia.  
  • Extensive Experience: Hundreds of men and women have treated successfully using medical therapy, Botox for overactive bladder, Interstim for frequent urination and tibial neuromodulation.

Excellence-Urology_Care VasectomyWhen it comes to experience and innovation – New York Urology Specialists are a step ahead.  Better Science Means Better Care.  We specialize in minimally invasive highly effective treatment for symptoms of bladder pain, urethral burning, pelvic discomfort, incomplete bladder emptying, urinary frequency, and urgency. Many treatment procedures are performed in the convenience and privacy of office settings under local anesthesia.

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urinary problems.  He uses modern effective and proven treatment methods including Botox for OAB, Interstim neuromodulation.  He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area.

He has successfully treated hundreds of men and women of all ages with urinary problems including bladder problems, kidney problems, urethral and ureteral problems. 

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If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call: 646-663-4151

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC who specializes in treating men and women with urinary problems including frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, urinary urgency and incontinence.