A Urodynamic Study is actually a series of tests designed to thoroughly evaluate the function of your bladder. It helps identify the cause of problems such as leaking urine, difficulty emptying the bladder, frequent urination, and urgent urination.
Your study will be performed by an experienced Urodynamic Specialist. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have before, during, or after your study.
Before your study you will be taken to a private room and asked to undress from the waist down. The first part of the study is a simple voiding test; therefore we ask that you arrive with a comfortably full bladder. We will ask you to urinate on a special toilet, and a sensor will record important data. After you urinate, a small catheter is placed into the bladder as gently as possible and then another small catheter is inserted into the vagina or rectum.
The bladder is then filled with water using a calibrated pump. You will be given a "patient sensation" card and asked to notify the Urodynamic Specialist when you fell certain sensations. Throughout the study you will be asked to bear down and cough as the Urodynamic Specialist measures pressures within and around your bladder. The goal is to reproduce the symptoms you are experiencing.
The final part of the study is an additional voiding test. The catheters will stay in place to measure pressures as you attempt to empty your bladder. The catheters will then be removed, and you will be allowed to clean up and get dressed.
The entire study normally takes 30 - 45 minutes to complete. The data recorded from the study is compiled and later reviewed by your physician and/or an outside specialist to determine the best treatment options for you.
Many patients are worried or embarrassed about their upcoming urodynamic test. Don't be. Remember that the goal is to reproduce your symptoms which often include making you lose control of your bladder. This is normal and your Urodynamic Specialist is expecting this to happen.
Parts of your urodynamic test will be uncomfortable and you may experience significant discomfort while the tests are being conducted. This is normal and to be expected. The Urodynamic Specialist has been trained to monitor your discomfort and complete the study as quickly as possible to reduce your stress.