HealthTap defines a decompressed bladder as a bladder that is empty. The bladder can become decompressed through normal urine or through leaking in incontinent people. In medical conditions, a catheter can also be utilised to maintain a decompressed bladder, according to Penn Medicine.
The American Academy of Family Physicians states that decompression of the bladder with a catheter is a treatment for medical complications such as urinary retention. Patients with urine retention are unable to actively empty their bladders for a variety of reasons, including blockages, neurological disorders, infections, and adverse drug reactions. Urine retention can be either acute or chronic, and people with chronic urinary retention can decompress their bladders by self-catheterization.
Merck Manuals highlight that patients whose bladders decompress involuntarily might obtain bladder training, conduct Kegel exercises, or use prescription drugs to treat their incontinence. Typically, bladder training requires patients to use the restroom at regular intervals, such as every two to three hours. Individuals are assisted in modifying their urine patterns in order to compensate for their overactive or weakening bladders.
Contracting the pelvic muscles through Kegel exercises strengthens them over time. Merck Manuals explain that electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor compresses the patient’s pelvic muscles utilising electrical currents. This automated contraction guarantees that the correct muscles are tightened, as opposed to the buttock, thigh, or stomach muscles.