In Office Urodynamics
The Problem of Urinary Incontinence
If you struggle with urinary incontinence, you may not enjoy life as much as you once did. Women with urinary incontinence can find themselves making frequent, urgent trips to the bathroom. Once there, they can have trouble emptying their bladder completely. A simple cough or sneeze is embarrassing when insufficient bladder control causes urine leakage. Some women also suffer from painful, persistent urinary tract infections.
The Causes of Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is generally caused by a problem with the nerves or muscles in the urinary tract or a blockage in the urinary tract. It can brought on by several factors, including: certain medications, pregnancy and childbirth, aging, surgery, painful bladder syndrome, bladder cancer or stones or neurological disorders.
Helping Women Overcome Urinary Incontinence
Are you experiencing frustration, pain, embarrassment or inconvenience because of urinary incontinence? The gynecology health experts at Advanced Women’s Health Specialists understand. They offer testing and treatment for urinary incontinence.
The First Step: Urodynamic Testing
Urinary incontinent women benefit from urodynamic studies performed at Advanced Women’s Health Specialists. Urodynamic testing lets your doctor see how your bladder and urethra are functioning. This helps determine the cause of your incontinence and leads to solutions.
For your convenience, Advanced Women’s Health Specialists gynecologists perform in-office urodynamic testing. Urodynamic testing is relatively painless, so no sedation is required. Testing takes approximately one hour.
In preparation for an urodynamics study, you may be asked to keep a diary of your urination habits for a few days. To perform the study, a catheter (soft, hollow tube) may be placed in your urethra, vagina and sometimes your rectum. Your doctor may perform one or more tests, including:
- Uroflometry—measures the amount and speed of urine from your bladder.
- Cystometry—evaluates how much the bladder holds, the strength of the bladder muscle and how accurately your body tells you when your bladder is full.
- Elctromyogram—evaluates the contractions that control urination.
- Pressure flow study—determines the flow of urine from your bladder.
- Video cystourethrography—takes images of urine flow through the urinary tract to locate blockages or other problems.
- Specialized Care for Women with Urination Problems
Based on your test results, your gynecology doctor designs an individualized treatment plan which may include one or more of the following:
- Behavioral techniques
- Fluid and diet modification
- Physical therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Medical devices
- Interventional therapy
At Advanced Women’s Health Specialists, we provide compassionate, skilled care for urinary incontinence. Our state-of-the-art studies, highly trained staff and sensitive approach help you overcome incontinence and live the happy, active life you deserve.
Take Control of Your Health
Your gynecological health is extremely important. If you have urinary problems, please consult our gynecologists before your condition worsens. To learn more about urodynamic testing, please call Advanced Women’s Health Specialists Lake Mary at 407-834-8111 or Advanced Women’s Health Specialists Deltona at 386-775-8484.