Incontinence or Urodynamic Testing
Incontinence Testing/Urodynamic Testing
The main purposes of urodynamic testing are to reveal the cause of abnormal bladder functioning and to determine how the bladder may function after pelvic or vaginal surgery. The causes of urinary symptoms are not always as obvious as they might seem. It is important to know the true underlying causes of urinary problems so that appropriate treatment options can be selected. Information on how the bladder may function after surgery is necessary for surgical planning.
Urodynamic testing usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Small pressure catheters are inserted into the urethra and vagina. The bladder is slowly filled with saline. At various points during bladder filling, you will be asked to cough and strain to determine your ability to hold urine without leaking. At the end of the test, you will be asked to urinate with the catheters in place so that we can assess how you empty your bladder.
The purpose of cystoscopy is to visualize the urethera and bladder to detect anatomical defects, stones, tumors, inflammation, sutures from previous surgeries or other abnormalities that may be contributing to your urinary problem.
Cystoscopy is usually completed in by placing a small catheter-like instrument with a camera that is inserted through your urethra into your bladder. The image will be projected onto a monitor in the room. Dr. Erhard will review the findings and results and go over them with you at a followup appointment to assess the next steps in correcting the problem