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Urodynamics Testing

What is Urodynamic testing?

Urodynamics is an umbrella term that encompasses tests used to evaluate bladder function. This will include tests which evaluate how well your bladder, sphincter and urethra are able to store and release urine. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms listen below, your doctor may recommend you have some urodynamic tests.

The symptoms your doctor may look out for when they advice some Urodynamic tests may include:

  • urge incontinence or urine leakage
  • recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • frequent urination
  • problems emptying the bladder completely
  • painful urination
  • sudden, strong urges to urinate
  • problems starting a urine stream

What is the purpose of a urodynamic test?

Urodynamic test results help diagnose the cause and nature of a problems occurring in you lower urinary tract. The tests your doctor performs will vary depending on your condition and your symptoms. Your doctor may simply observe your urinary process, or they may use a diagnostic instrument such as an  ultrasound or an x-ray.

What are the types of Urodynamic test?

There are several different types of Urodynamic test such as:

  • uroflowmetry
  • post-void residual measurement
  • cystometric test
  • leak point pressure measurement
  • pressure flow study
  • electromyography
  • video urodynamic tests

 

What happens after urodynamic tests?

You may feels some discomfort following a urodynamic test, to help with this make sure you drink plenty of fluids for the first 24 to 48 hours after your test. This will help reduce the risk of urine infection. Your doctor may also give you antibiotics for this.