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What is Urodynamic testing?
Urodynamic testing is used to assess lower urinary tract function. If you are having urinary problems, urodynamics is a way to reproduce and document your symptoms in our laboratory.
How is it performed?
Urodynamics involves passing a catheter into your bladder. This is a simple procedure with minimal discomfort. You will experience a mild pressure sensation from placement of the catheter. A small catheter is also passed into the rectum. The purpose of this catheter is for measuring abdominal pressures and it should not cause any discomfort. Once the catheters are in place, your bladder will be filled to its capacity. When the test is complete, the catheters will be removed. You can expect this test to take approximately one (1) hour.
Preparing for your study:
Please fill out the 3-day fluid diary that is enclosed. Follow the instructions on the sheet and bring it with you on the appointment day. It is important for us to have this information so please try to remember to fill this out.
As the first part of the test, you will be asked to urinate, unless you have an indwelling catheter, or do not void and self-catheterize. Please come in with a comfortably full bladder ready to give a urine specimen.
There are no dietary restrictions for this test. Please eat and drink normally unless otherwise directed for other testing or lab work that you may have scheduled for the same day
If you take antibiotics prior to dental procedures for various conditions such as Mitral Valve Prolapse or hip or knee replacements, please follow your doctor’s protocol for this test.
Urodynamics is a labor intensive procedure and only a limited number of patients can be scheduled each day. All of our time slots are filled weeks in advance. This leaves no spare time between patients. Therefore, it is imperative that you arrive for your appointment on time.