Do You Have Painful or Frequent Urination?
Or problems emptying your bladder or frequent urinary tract infections? If you do, then urodynamics testing might be a solution for you!
Urodynamics is a study that assesses how the bladder and urethra are performing their job of storing and releasing urine. Urodynamic tests help your doctor or nurse see how well your bladder and sphincter muscles work and can help explain symptoms such as:
- frequent urination
- sudden, strong urges to urinate
- problems starting a urine stream
- painful urination
- problems emptying your bladder completely
- recurrent urinary tract infections
Testing involves filling and emptying your bladder several times to accomplish 5-6 different tests. The testing takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
These tests may be as simple as urinating behind a curtain while a doctor or nurse listens or more complicated, involving imaging equipment that films urination and pressure monitors that record the pressures of the bladder and urethra.