Millions of Americans are experiencing urinary incontinence on a daily basis. While many people accept this issue as a part of life as you age, we want to change that. Our specialists can help you by performing urodynamics testing. Then, we will take appropriate actions to help you overcome this bladder issue.
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Consider the following frequently asked questions to determine if you should opt for urodynamics:
What is urodynamics?
The purpose of urodynamics testing is to discover how well the bladder is holding and releasing urine. These diagnostic tests will show our specialists why leakage or blockage is occurring. After diagnosing the issue, we will be able to recommend appropriate treatment.
How does it work?
This in-office test is roughly one hour long and does not require anesthesia. Two sensor-tipped catheters will be placed in the bladder and in the vagina (or rectum). These catheters will measure abdominal pressure and the pressure that is occurring inside the bladder. A computer reading will show our urology specialist what your bladder is doing as it is filled.
As your bladder fills, it should remain at a relaxed state. However, if your bladder squeezes as the catheter fills it with fluid, this is usually a sign that your bladder is weak. We will collect more data to determine if you have an overactive bladder or benign prostate hyperplasia.
Who needs this test?
Certain experiences in life such as pregnancy and delivery can cause your urethra and bladder to weaken. However, this issue is not solely found in women. Both men and women have suffered from a weak bladder. Several reasons why people opt for this test include:
- Frequent urination
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Slow or weak urinary stream
- Urinary incontinence (leakage of urine)