What is urodynamic testing?
Your bladder and urethra are specifically designed to store and release urine. Urodynamic testing, or urodynamics, is designed to explain symptoms including:
- Urinary incontinence (stress incontinence, overactive bladder, etc.)
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Sudden, strong urges to urinate but without urine
- Problems starting a urine stream
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely (urinary retention)
- Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Urodynamic testing provides our doctors with information they need to diagnose the cause and nature of your urinary incontinence. It helps us determine the best treatment options for your specific condition. We often perform this test on men with enlarged prostate glands, and for women with incontinence that has not responded to conservative treatment or that requires surgery. We also perform these tests on patients with spinal injury neuropathy. In some of these patients, the bladder muscle (called the detrusor) pressure generated can be life-threatening.
The symptoms reported by patients are often unreliable for determining underlying lower urinary tract dysfunction. Urodynamics provides us with objective confirmation of the actual pathology that is present.
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