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Monday, October 10, 2011 azrydyr, Community Member, asks

Q: Would you expect a routine colonoscopy to create urination problems?

Would you expect a routine colonoscopy to create urination problems? I am a 68yr old male, with no urination issues before the colonoscopy. Within 30 minutes of the procedure I was unable to urinate. I just figured it was temporary. After 72 hours of misery caused by painful pressure and a stream reduced to drops at a time, I'm beginning to wonder what could have happened and how? I feel a constant need to urinate, but somehow manage to go about every 90 minutes, but must spend about 30-45 minutes to void - and even then I don't believe my bladder is anywhere near empty. Could the doctor and/or instrument possibly have damaged my prostate gland or kidneys in some way to have caused this? I guess I'm ready to find a urologist although I've put off trying to leave the house in my condition. Or should I be calling a lawyer, thinking this isn't clearing up and could be long-term or permanent damage.

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Jay Motola, Health Pro
11/30/11 7:05pm

Routine colonsocopy should not cause urinary retention,however if you were anesthetized, urinary retention could be induced.

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colonoscopy concern, Community Member
4/20/12 10:54am

My husband just has a colonoscopy and was anesthetized , he came home , the next day his left testicle was swollen we went to the ER and they found his white blood cells were increased and gave him anti-bioctics for the infection....now he has to push the left side of his bladder to urinate, not everytime but half the time...he had an x-ray that showed he has a small hernia on that side, Could this be due to the colonoscopy? He had no problms before , now we are seeing a uralogist and a surgeon and they both said leave it alone for now, but they both have not really given us an answer as to why this is happening. Both being doctors no one will say if it had to do with the colonoscopy. What do you think?

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By azrydyr, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/01/14, First Published: 10/10/11