What is Urodynamics?
Urodynamics is the study of the bladder and the urethra. It is performed when a patient expresses concern over issues like incontinence, frequent urination, painful urination, recurring UTIs, and other bladder problems, and previous medications have not been successful.
Urodynamics is performed for both men and women. It includes a variety of different tests that all fall into the category of urodynamics. Which specific tests are performed depend on the patient’s issues and what the physician thinks is best.
Urodynamic Testing Procedures
While many procedures involve a catheter, tests range from simple to more involved. Here are some examples of urodynamic testing procedures:
- Uroflowmetry: This test measures how fast the bladder voids, or empties, itself. If the flow is faster than average, this test signifies bladder muscle weakness.
- Electromyography (EMG): This test measures electrical activity in the bladder neck.
- Fluoroscopy: This test involves moving video X-rays of the bladder and bladder neck during urination.
- Cystometry: This test measures the anatomic and functional state of the bladder and urethra during urination. The cystometer measures the pressure and capacity of the bladder.
- Cystoscopy: This is an endoscopic test typically performed when no conclusive results are reached with any other urodynamic testing procedure.
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If you suffer from moderate to severe incontinence, aren’t sure what’s causing your incontinence, or suffer from other bladder issues, it’s time to learn about urodynamics. The expert team at Advanced Urology is here to help. With 9 board certified urologists, you’re in good hands.
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