Urodynamic testing measures how well the bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine. Most urodynamic tests focus on the bladder’s ability to hold urine and empty steadily and completely, but can also show whether the bladder is having involuntary contractions that cause urine leakage. Lower urinary tract symptoms that could require urodynamic testing include:
- urinary incontinence (leakage)
- urinary frequency
- painful urination
- urinary urgency
- difficulty urinating
- difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- re-occurring urinary tract infections
Urodynamic tests range from observation to precise measurement. Simple observation techniques may include:
- time it takes to produce a urinary stream
- volume of urine produced
- ability or inability to stop urine flow in midstream
For precise measurements, imaging equipment takes pictures of the bladder filling and emptying, pressure monitors record the pressures inside the bladder, and sensors record muscle and nerve activity.
Most urodynamic tests do not involve special preparations, though some tests may require a person to make a change in fluid intake or to stop taking certain medications. Depending on the test, a person may be instructed to arrive for testing with a full bladder.
Texas Health Flower Mound houses three state of the art da Vinci System suites allowing the Pelvic Health team to perform minimally invasive urologic surgeries.
The Texas Health Robotics Center utilizes da Vinci System technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
Compared to traditional surgery, this form of minimally invasive surgery uses smaller incisions resulting in faster recovery, less pain and less swelling and scarring.
The surgical “robot” has computer-controlled “arms” that can be programmed to aid in the positioning and manipulation of surgical instruments. This provides surgeons with better accuracy, flexibility and control. The surgeon is 100% in control at all times.
Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including:
- shorter hospitalization
- reduced pain and discomfort
- faster recovery time and return to normal activities
- smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
- reduced blood loss and transfusions
- minimal scarring