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Urinary Incontinence

How does the urinary tract work?

Your urinary tract removes excess water and waste from your system. It’s made up of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. The bladder is located in your pelvis and is held in place by muscles, organs, and pelvic bones. Coordinated muscle movements control the filing and emptying of your bladder and prevent urine from leaking involuntarily.

When your bladder is full, nerve signals in your brain communicate with your bladder muscles, and your muscles force urine to exit your body through the urethra.

When is urodynamic testing necessary?

Our physicians recommend urodynamic testing for symptoms that include:

  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Urinary incontinence/leakage
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Weak or intermittent urine stream
  • Strong urges to urinate that come on suddenly
  • Difficulty starting to void or completely emptying the bladder.

Besides measuring your bladder function, urodynamic testing can also identify leaks or
blockages in you lower urinary tract.

What is urodynamic testing?

Urodynamic testing is used to evaluate how well your bladder, urethra, and sphincters hold and release urine. Urodynamic testing can help measure several pieces of information, including:

  • Urine production volume
  • Ability to control urine flow midstream
  • Length of time to produce a urine stream

There are several kinds of urodynamic tests. Some utilize imagine equipment to capture images or sensors that measure pressure or muscle and nerve activity within the bladder.

What can I expect during urodynamic testing?

Urodynamic testing typically doesn’t require advance preparation, though it might be necessary to modify your fluid intake or existing prescriptions beforehand. Our doctors might also recommend arriving for your appointment with at full bladder.

Based on the results of your testing, our doctors might suggest additional urodynamic tests or X-rays. For more information about urodynamic testing, schedule an appointment online today.