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URODYNAMICS

 

Dr Siva offers Urodynamics studies.

Urodynamic studies are carried out to identify the cause of the bladder symptoms. Urodynamics assists in diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence. Urodynamics can establish the diagnosis of urinary stress incontinence. Urodynamics also useful in patients with mixed urinary incontinence.  Urodynamics also can help us to predict bladder behavior following incontinence and prolapse surgery. The typical urodynamics study can take up to one hour. The urodynamics is done in Dr Siva's room at St. Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital.

IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD DO BEFORE THE TEST?

If you are currently taking medication prescribed by your GP for your bladder symptoms (anti-cholinergics), you must stop taking these two weeks prior to your test. These drugs will mask your bladder problems and will not give a true representation of your symptoms. You will need to complete a bladder diary which would complement the Urodynamics tests. Please arrive with a full bladder as you will need to provide a urine specimen after which you can empty your bladder.

HOW IS THE BLADDER TEST CARRIED OUT?

Two catheters (fine tubes) will be inserted – one into your bladder via your urethra, and the other into either your vagina or rectum. Your bladder will then be slowly filled with sterile saline. At various intervals, you will be asked to cough and to let us know when your bladder feels full. Following removal of the catheters, you will be asked to cough to assess how well your bladder valve works. You may find this embarrassing but every effort is made to maintain your dignity. The tests enable us to make a definitive diagnosis and recommend the most suitable treatment for you.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TEST?

There is always a risk of infection with any invasive procedure. All catheters and equipment are sterile and are single use only. When you pass urine, if you experience any burning sensation or notice that your urine is cloudy or smelly, please visit your GP.

This risk may be minimised if you drink plenty of water in the 48 hours after the test.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REFER TO THE GUIDE BELOW

 

Dr Siva uses Australian Neomedix Urodynamics System for the Urodynamic evaluation of the bladder.