Urodynamic Testing - Finding the Cause of Urinary Incontinence

Urodynamic Testing is conducted to diagnose the cause of Urinary Incontinence.  Urinary Incontinence affects up to 55% of women by the time they reach age 65.  This is a condition that can be controlled with existing therapies. Rutherford OB-GYN Associates is equipped with state-of-the-art Urodynamics diagnostic equipment that provides accurate diagnosis of the patient’s urinary incontinence.  With an accurate diagnosis, the physician can provide the patient with a variety of medical and surgical treatment options to optimize their outcome.


Frequently Asked Quetions:


What is Urodynamic Testing?


Urodynamics is the study of how the bladder stores and releases urine.  This study provides our patients with solutions for their uncontrolled urinary leakage.  Urodynamic tests help the physician see how well the bladder and sphincter muscles work and can help explain symptoms such as

  • Incontinence
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden, strong urges to urinate
  • Problems starting a urine stream
  • Painful urination
  • Problems emptying the bladder completely
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections 

How does the test work?


The tests are completed with an instrument called a Cystometry System.  The physician or nurse will work directly with you to complete one or more of the following tests:

  • Complex Uroflowmetry
  • Urethral Pressure Profile
  • Complex Cystometrogram
  • Bladder Voiding Pressure
  • Intraabdominal Voiding Pressure

With the use of a special catheter, your bladder will be filled with saline solution and the equipment will take measurements at certain times during the procedure to diagnose any problems.


Where are the tests performed?


The Urodynamic Testing will be performed in our office


Will the tests be performed at my 1st appointment?


Your first appointment will be with the physician for a discussion and physical exam with a review of your medical history, signs and symptoms.  At this appointment, you and your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the urodynamic testing.  If you are a candidate, the test will be scheduled for another day.


How do I prepare for the test?


Usually no special preparations are needed.  Upon your arrival to our office you will be asked to give a urine sample.


How long does the procedure take?


The complete set of diagnostic tests takes 30-60 minutes.  This includes the preparation for the test, the completion of the procedure, and a discussion with the physician.


Will Insurance pay for the tests?


Most insurance plans will pay for the tests.  The patient financial counselor at Rutherford OB-GYN will assist you in determining if the tests are covered and what your financial responsibility will be.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for an urodynamic evaluation, please call 828-287-7383 to schedule an appointment at the Rutherfordton Office.  If you would like to visit our Columbus Office, please call 828-894-2130.  If you are calling long distance, you may call our Toll-Free number: 800-422-8716.

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