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Urodynamic Testing

The test (also known as a cystometrogram) is done to further evaluate your bladder and urethra and lasts approximately 45 minutes. It will help your provider better assess why you lose urine and help with further management plans.

The following is a brief overview of the test:

  1. You will empty your bladder into a container on a portable toilet.
  2. A catheter will be placed in the bladder and removed to check for urine left in your bladder after you urinate. This is known as residual urine.
  3. A smaller catheter will be placed in the bladder, which will remain for the duration of the procedure.
  4. A catheter will be placed in the rectum to measure abdominal pressures.
  5. Three small electrodes will be placed on the buttocks.
  6. You will stand up and we will begin to fill the bladder slowly to capacity. You may be asked to cough or bear down several times to thoroughly gain the most information about your bladder.
  7. Then you will lie down and the small catheter will be moved in and out of the urethra 3-4 times.

If you are having any signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection prior to the procedure, please notify us as it might affect the quality of the results.

 

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