What is Urodynamics?

Urodynamics refers to one or more of a series of tests which are designed to diagnose the cause of your bladder symptoms. To perform this test a small catheter is passed through your urethra and into the bladder and another into the rectum. The bladder is filled with fluid and you will be asked to try to urinate. On the basis of this test, it is possible to determine whether there is a blockage or a weak bladder. If urodynamic study shows a blockage, treatment should be directed by the underlying etiology. One common cause is a stricture or scar. If a scar is the problem, the only treatment is surgery to cut the scar.

If the problem is a weak bladder or a bladder that does not contract at all, self intermittent catheterization (SIC) is the treatment of choice. SIC is done in the following way. Each time you feel the urge to urinate, you try to do so. Whether or not you are successful, you pass a small catheter (a hollow tube) through the urethra into the bladder and empty the remaining urine.
When urinary retention is not the cause of the urinary incontinence, and it usually is not, for the ensuing weeks to months after surgery, management is very difficult and frustrating for both physician and patient alike. Once more significant conditions, such as bladder cancer and urethral blockage have been excluded, you may be treated empirically (by trial and error) based on the presumed underlying etiology.


Why Choose a Uro Center Urologist in New York?

The urologists at the Uro Center in New York are experts in their field, bringing academic and research based innovation to the clinical forefront. Our urology team specializes in areas of treatment such as: robotic surgery, reconstructive urology, men’s health & infertility, kidney stones, urologic oncology, penile implant surgery, urethral stricture, BPH, Urinary incontinence treatment, Mesh complications, Enlarged prostate treatment, Urodynamics, vesicovaginal fistula and female incontinence in New York.

Request an Appointment

Patient Reviews

Read more »

Awards and Recognitions

Castle Connolly: Top Doctors 1992-2013 New York Magazine: Best Doctors 1992-2013 America's Top Doctors 1992-2013 New York Metro Area's Top Doctors 1992-2013 Overactive Bladder Castle Connolly