What is urodynamics?
Urodynamics is a scientific test to assess female urinary incontinence and lower urinary tract dysfunction. It will provide you and your doctor with an accurate diagnosis. The diagnosis will help your doctor to advise on how your problem should be managed.
About the test
- Dr David Luiz and Mary Jay, our continence nurse will meet you prior to the procedure to explain the test to you.
- The test will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It is not painful, but you may find it a little awkward. You will be asked to empty your bladder in private, into a special toilet.
- Soft fine tubes will be inserted into your bladder and vagina to record pressure readings in your bladder throughout the test.
- Your bladder will be filled with sterile water until you feel the need to urinate.
- You will be asked to cough at various stages during the test.
- At the end of the test, you will be asked to empty your bladder again.
- An ultrasound may be performed to measure urine remaining in your bladder.
- Please contact the rooms prior to your appointment if you are menstruating on the day of your appointment.
Please remember, we are very experienced and trained to support you through this procedure. We will make this as easy as possible for you.
Preparing for the test
*Your Urine test needs to be done 1 week prior to your Urodynamic Study.*
- Please arrive 30 mins prior to your appointment with a comfortably full bladder and your completed Bladder Diary.
- It is not necessary for you to drink lots of water before your appointment, as you may find it difficult to hold on.
- You may eat and drink normally on the day of your test.
- Please feel free to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have prior to or during the test.
After the test
There is a small risk of developing a bladder infection after this test, so we advise you to increase your fluid intake after the test.
*Please note: we require notification from patients if they are unable to attend for their appointment 24 hours prior if possible; the equipment used for each individual patient is very costly and by receiving advance notification of cancelled appointments we will be able to avoid wasting costly materials and equipment.