There are a number of conditions that can block your urinary tract and cause serious problems with your urinary health. Urological Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers urodynamics to identify a wide range of urological conditions. If you experience problems with your urinary health, urodynamics can determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and the most effective treatment. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

To find out if urodynamics is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today at Urological Associates.

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FAQs on Urodynamics

What is urodynamics testing?

Urodynamics testing is a group of tests that determine how well the structures of your urinary tract hold and release urine. These tests focus on your bladder, urethra, and the sphincters in order to identify leaks and blockages in the urinary tract.

What is the purpose of urodynamics?

If you’re having problems with your urinary functions, your doctor may recommend urodynamics to uncover the underlying cause of your condition. 

Urological Associates uses urodynamics to determine the underlying cause of voiding dysfunction if you experience symptoms like:

  • Weak flow of urine
  • Lack of bladder control
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Voiding dysfunction refers to a number of conditions that can impair the function of your bladder muscles and urethra, such as nerve damage, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and problems with your pelvic floor muscles.

What are the different types of urodynamic tests?

During your appointment, you and your urologist discuss your symptoms and medical history to determine which tests are best for you. Depending on your condition, your urologist may recommend one or more urodynamic tests:

Uroflowmetry

A non-invasive screening used to calculate the flow rate of urine, bladder and sphincter function. 

Cystometry

A test used to look for issues with the filling and emptying the bladder. A small, soft tube (catheter) is inserted into the urethra until it reaches the bladder. This is used to measure the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after you urinate, as well as to measure bladder strength. A second, small catheter is placed into the rectum to measure the pressure on the outside of the bladder in the abdomen.

Electromyography

A test that uses sensors to measure the electrical activity of the muscles in and surrounding your bladder and sphincters. Small electrode patches are placed on the skin near your urethra and rectum to read electrical currents that are made when pelvic muscles contract. This will show the urologist if your bladder and sphincter are receiving messages properly.

Video urodynamic tests

This is a combination of uroflowmetry, cystometry, and cystography. It is used to measure urine flow, pressure in the bladder and pressure in the rectum by taking x-ray or ultrasound images during filling and emptying of the bladder. 

Leak point pressure test

This measures bladder leakage during a cystometric test. If you experience bladder leakage while coughing, sneezing or laughing, you may be asked to cough during the test so the doctor can assess how much pressure needs to be exerted for leakage to occur.

Post residual void test

A test that measures the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after you empty your bladder. The leftover urine is called the “postvoid residual.” This is done either with ultrasound equipment or a catheter inserted in the bladder to remove the excess urine.