Preparation for Urodynamics
What is Urodynamic Testing?
- Urodynamic testing helps your doctor measure how the bladder fills, stores, and then releases urine.
- This testing is simple and causes minimal discomfort.
How should I prepare for my Urodynamic testing?
- Complete 3 days of the voiding diary provided by the office. This diary helps us to track your symptoms.
- You should stop any medications you use for your bladder for 2 days prior to your testing.
- You should arrive at the office with a full bladder.
- You will be able to drive yourself to and from the office, and you may return to normal activities right after the testing.
What will happen during my testing?
- When you arrive for your testing, our nurse will escort you into the exam suite.
- She will first have you privately empty your bladder into a special commode.
- The testing involves filling your bladder with sterile water through a catheter as thin as a piece of spaghetti. Another catheter is used to measure pressure in either the vagina or rectum. We also use EKG-type pads to measure the muscle activity around the bladder.
- Our nurse will be with you throughout the test, and will be recording when you feel various bladder sensations.
- When the testing is complete, you will again empty your bladder, and the catheters will be removed.
- You will have a consultation with your doctor after the testing to review the results and create a treatment plan.