Urodynamic Testing is a series of tests that gives your doctor a highly detailed look at the functioning of your bladder and urethra to evaluate any issues you might have with your body storing or eliminating urine.
Are these tests necessary for me?
If you are experiencing any of the following issues, we may find it necessary to perform a UDT procedure:
- frequent urination throughout the daytime and evening
- exercise, coughing or sneezing with leaky urine
- strong urgency
- hesitancy when attempting to empty bladder
- full bladder causing painâ€¨
What should I do before the procedure?
For the two days prior to the procedure, you will be asked to keep a UROLOG (a diary of your urination habits). A UROLOG is very helpful to your doctor in your evaluation. You will be given what’s called a “hat” that fits inside your toilet to measure the volume of your urine output. In your UROLOG, you will need to record the amount and time of your intake (drinking) and the amount and time of your output (going) as well as any symptoms you experience during urination (hesitancy, burning, urgency, etc.)
What should I expect during the procedure?
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis right in our office and takes about 30 minutes. A flexible, small catheter with a sensor is placed into your urethra and connected to the urodynamic testing machine. The machine will print out an evaluative graph during the procedure. You may be asked to cough, bear down, or stand during the procedure.
Following the procedure?
You will be given a prescription antibiotic to take for 3 days to avoid any bladder infections. You may take an over the counter pain reliever to alleviate any discomfort you may feel following the procedure and as always, you may contact our office with any questions or concerns you might have.