Urodynamic testing can determine the function and efficiency of the bladder and urethra. This test is used to evaluate urinary incontinence, frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder or recurrent infections. The results of these tests can objectively confirm the symptoms you are having. We perform urodynamic testing in the hospital. Instruction, prepping, and performance of the test itself usually takes no more than 30 minutes of your time.
You will be asked to arrive with a comfortably full bladder and then will be asked to void into a container during which the rate and volume of urine is closely measured. A brief scan may be done to evaluate the amount of urine remaining in the bladder. A thin flexible tube or catheter is then inserted into the urethra. The bladder is then filled with water via the catheter until you get the urge to urinate. This volume is measured and more water may be added until involuntary urination occurs. There may be other various measurements taken throughout the test. You may experience some burning upon urinating after the test is completed. Interpretation of the urodynamic testing is available immediately and your doctor will discuss this with you.