If you experience incontinence, frequent bladder infections, frequent urination, or other bladder problems, your urologist might use urodynamics to accurately diagnose and treat you. Urodynamics refers to a series of tests that evaluate the function of your bladder and urethra. This in-office procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete, and after going over your results with your physician, you will better understand how to treat and manage whatever bladder condition you may suffer from.
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How Does Urodynamics Work?
Your urologist will place two small catheters, both with pressure sensors at the tip, in your bladder and in either your vagina or rectum. These catheters will measure abdominal pressure and the pressure inside your bladder.
Urodynamic testing can differ from person to person. A general urodynamics test might look something like this:
- Arrive to your appointment with a full bladder
- Urinate into a container so that the volume of your urine and the rate at which your bladder empties can be measured
- The catheters are inserted
- The amount of urine remaining in your bladder is measured
- The bladder is filled with water through the catheter in your bladder until you feel the need to urinate
- The catheter measures the amount of water in your bladder
- Finally, you will empty your bladder again while more data is recorded
Depending on how your bladder reacts during the urodynamics testing, your doctor will be able to better understand what is causing problems such as:
- Urinary incontinence
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Slow or weak urinary stream
- Incomplete bladder emptying
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
Once your doctor better understands your bladder issues, he or she will be able to provide the best treatment option for you.