Urodynamic testing is a procedure to evaluate the sensory and mechanical responses of your bladder. It is an important diagnostic test to determine the exact nature and cause of your urinary symptoms.
There is no special preparation for this test. However, if you are taking any anticholinergic medication such as Detrol, Ditropan, Sanctura, or Vesicare, please stop one week prior to the test. A small catheter (soft tube) will be inserted into the bladder through the urethra (where the urine exits the body). This is usually painless. Another small catheter is placed into the vagina as well to record abdominal pressures. During the study, your doctor will fill your bladder with sterile water to see how your bladder responds to filling. He/she will monitor your bladder on a viewing screen and ask what sensations you experience. At some point, you will be asked to urinate. We understand that it is difficult to perform naturally under these circumstances, but we hope to observe your normal urinary patterns, so try as best you can to relax. One of our medical staff will be in constant contact with you, ready to answer questions or assist you if you are feeling discomfort. You may have some slight burning the first few urinations after the procedure. This is normal and should not be cause for alarm. Results are usually available right after the study. We will discuss them with you immediately.
If you have any questions about the procedure or experience any symptoms you are concerned about, please call 203-785-6927.