How do we diagnose some urinary problems in women? Urodynamic testing is a painless procedure to test how the bladder acts when it fills and empties. This helps physicians find the best way to treat bladder problems.
Urodynamic testing is an outpatient test that consists of three parts. In the first part, you will sit in a special chair to urinate. The chair is attached to a computer that records the speed and amount of your urine as it passes. The second part is done on an examination table. A catheter (tube) is inserted into your vagina and bladder. Your bladder will then be filled with water. It is not painful, but it does cause a feeling of pressure. You will be asked questions while your bladder is filling, and determine if there is any leaking. In the final part of the test, you sit on the special chair again and urinate once more. Then the tubes are removed, and the test is done.
Overall, this test is not invasive. It is an important test to determine bladder function and problems. You will be able to drive yourself home afterward. Prior to the test, you should drink 32 oz. or more of water so your bladder is full for the test itself.
After the test, you may experience burning or blood in urine, but this should go away in 24-48 hours. You will be given antibiotics to take for 3 days. Please drink 6-8 cups of fluids, preferably water after the test. Do not have coffee, tea, soda or alcohol for 1 day after the test because they can irritate the bladder.
After the test, your physician will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. This could mean conservative treatments such as physical therapy or medication, or surgery.
If you suffer from incontinence,Â contact usÂ or call our discreet, dedicated Medical Concierge at 800-771-1953. The Incontinence Institute has a variety of diagnostic methods for treating incontinence. Our expert physicians will determine whether urodynamic testing is right for you.