What is Urodynamics Testing and Why is it neccessary?
Your doctor may have suggested that you schedule an appointment for urodynamics testing and you wonder why you need this test and if it is really necessary.
Chances are you may have indicated that you have been experiencing any of the following problems:
• You have had issues with leakage or a loss of control over urine (urinary incontinence)
• You have had difficulty passing urine- perhaps too frequently or infrequently
• You have trouble emptying your entire bladder
• You have problems with night time urinating.
Any one of these issues could be causing you stress or embarrassment or inconvenience which affects the quality of your life. Consequently, your physician likely recommended that you undergo a study of the urinary bladder-urodynamics testing. This procedure involves a series of tests that measure the function and pressure in the bladder in addition to the flow of urine through the urethra- which is the roadway through which urine is passed out of the body.The testing will provide your doctor with answers regarding the amount of urine the bladder can hold, if there is any blockage, if the bladder is overactive and the strength of the bladder.
The test takes only about 20 minutes, is not painful and has a minimal risk of any complications (very rare). Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates performs the urodynamics testing in the office about once a month. The procedure is usually covered by insurance and will be checked into by our office staff so that you know any potential out of pocket costs before having the procedure done.
Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates serves the areas of Livingston, N.J., Florham Park, N.J., Millburn, N.J., West Orange, N.J., Summit, N.J., Verona, N.J., Caldwell, N.J., Whippany, N.J., East Hanover, N.J., and surrounding areas.