Urodynamics

By , 27 August 2013

Urodynamics

 

What are “urodynamics”?

Urodynamics are a small series of  tests that looks at how well your bladder and urethra (the tube through which you pass urine) perform their function of storing and releasing urine.

 

Why do I need this test?

You may have been experiencing problems with passing urine, such as leakage, a need to pass urine frequently, a sudden urge to pass urine, or difficulty passing urine.  These symptoms can be due to various problems with the bladder, and urodynamics can provide your gynaecologist with useful information to establish the cause of your particular symptoms.

 

What happens at my urodynamics appointment?

Every effort is made to maintain your privacy and dignity during the procedure.  You will be asked to pass urine into a special toilet that records the amount of urine you pass and the rate at which the urine flows.  Various tests will be performed to measure how much urine you pass, the rate at which urine flows, and if there is any urine left in your bladder when you’ve finished passing urine.  Small sterile tubes are then passed, usually one into your bladder and one into your vagina.  These tubes are connected to a special machine and allow the nurse or doctor to fill your bladder with sterile fluid, while measuring the activity of your bladder muscles and asking you to indicate when you feel the first sensation to pass urine, when you have a strong desire, and when you feel you cannot hold on for much longer.  The nurse or doctor may try to recreate your symptoms by asking you to cough or stand, for example.  You will then be asked to empty your bladder again, the tubes will be removed, and the test is complete.  The findings may be discussed with you, although a full diagnosis and treatment plan may not be made until you see your doctor at Eve Health again.

 

Who performs urodynamics?

When indicated, Dr Moore utilises the services of specially trained clinicians to provide urodynamics services.

 

 

 

Urodynamics
 

About Dr David Moore

Urodynamics

David is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and undertook his specialist training in Queensland.  He is highly skilled in the management of complex and high-risk pregnancies, and has special training in minimally-invasive surgery, endometriosis, pelvic floor and incontinence surgery.  David has completed a Master of Reproductive Medicine and is skilled in the assessment and management of fertility problems, and can offer the full range of assisted reproductive treatments.  He is a Senior Lecturer with The University of Queensland Medical School, and has published both medical journal and textbook contributions.

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