Constant feeling of having a partially full bladder, frequent visits to the toilet during the night and a poor or intermittent stream while urinating are common experiences for patients suffering from urinary retention. These symptoms significantly affect the quality of life of patients, whose main complaints are pain, continuous sleep disruption (caused by the increased daytime and night-time urinary frequency), the necessity to plan ahead for awareness of the location of toilets, embarrassment in particular situations and reduced self-esteem.

There are two main causes of urinary retention:

Our URODEA solution

Our first URODEA device is designed for the male population. The device will be easy-to-use (also for the elderly), handheld and battery-powered. It is designed to be stowed discreetly in a pocket or small bag, can be pulled out and applied when in the bathroom, helps emptying the bladder efficiently and without noise. The main advantages of URODEA are:

Other treatment options

Other treatments for people suffering from urinary retention are based on invasive surgery and/or catheterisation, which are associated to side effects as follows:

Founding Team

Francesco Clavica


Ph.D., Senior Researcher at ARTORG Center, University of Bern

Dominik Obrist


Ph.D., Professor for Cardiovascular Engineering and Bio-Fluiddynamics, University of Bern

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