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Urodynamic Study is a test that assesses the function of your bladder and the bladder outflow tract (urethra). This test aims to replicate your bladder symptoms, then study them and determine their cause.
This test requires you to have a catheter (fine plastic tube) inserted into your urethra (urine passage) and another into the rectum (back passage).
During the test, your bladder will be filled with fluid through the catheter, while pressure readings are taken from the bladder and the abdomen. Then you will be asked to empty your bladder and the pressures during voiding (passing urine) are also recorded.
Generally, there are two types for a urodynamic study:
You will be informed of which test I recommend from the outset, depending on your symptoms.
Urodynamic test is used to diagnose:
Urodynamic test is particularly important if surgery or invasive treatment are considered, to make sure the correct procedure is performed.
If you are taking one of the following medications, you need to stop them 5 days before the test:Oxybutinin (Detropan or Lyrinel XL), Vesicare, Tolterodine (Detrositol XL), Emselex, Tovias, and Betmiga.
You will be asked to complete a bladder diary chart for 2 days before your appointment: You will need to record how often you pass/leak urine and when and how much you drink and what type of drinks. Instructions are included with each chart.
You will need to arrive for the tests with a comfortable full bladder.
If the female patient is on her period, please re-arrange the test to another time.
When you arrive at the hospital, the test will be explained to you again. This is also your chance to ask any questions. You will be asked to change into a gown to protect your clothing during the tests.
Before the test, you will have a urine test to check if you have any water infection. You may be given a prophylactic antibiotics before (intramuscular injection) and/or after the procedure (tablets) depending on your past medical history.
The test takes between thirty minutes to an hour.
I hope that you will find the urodynamic test comfortable. Looking forward to seeing you in my Urodynamics clinic