If you’re experiencing urinary issues, you may undergo urodynamic testing to determine how well your bladder, urethra, and sphincters hold and release urine. At Huntington Urology Specialists, located in Pasadena, California, board-certified urologists Armen Dikranian, MD, and Ramin Khalili, MD, provide a variety of tests that fall under the category of urodynamic testing. If you need urodynamic testing, call the office today or book an appointment online to learn more about these procedures.

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What is urodynamics?

The term urodynamics encompasses numerous tests that measure the functioning of your lower urinary tract. These include:

  • Cystometry, which measures how much your bladder can hold
  • Electromyography, which measures the muscle strength of your pelvic floor
  • Urethral pressure profile, which measures the strength of your urethra
  • Uroflowmetry, which measures how much urine comes out and how fast
  • Voiding pressure study, which measures the pressure in your urine as it’s expelled

If you have an unexplained issue with your lower urinary tract, your provider at Huntington Urology Specialists may recommend urodynamic testing.

What functions are involved in urodynamics?

Urodynamics testing focuses on the functioning of your lower urinary tract, which includes your bladder and urethra. The bladder stores urine and nerve signals indicate when it’s time to release urine. The brain responds by sending signals to contract muscles in the area and force urine out of your body through the urethra.

Muscles around the urethra are called the sphincters. You engage them to prevent urine flow before you reach a safe place.

Irritation, infection, or mechanical problems with the communication system, muscle strength, and tissue health in the lower urinary tract can lead to several urologic problems.

What symptoms call for urodynamic testing?

If you come to Huntington Urology Specialists with specific symptoms related to urination and incontinence, your physician might recommend urodynamic testing. These symptoms may include:

  • Problems controlling your urine and urine leaking
  • The urge to go too often or suddenly
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Weak flow or intermittent flow
  • Frequent urinary tract infections

Urodynamic can help your provider make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment options that may work for you.

What happens following urodynamic testing?

You may have some discomfort when urinating after testing. It should last only a few hours. The team at Huntington Urology Specialists recommends you drink several full glasses of fresh, clean water following your urodynamic testing to help flush the urine out more quickly and reduce discomfort.

Your physician will discuss the results of urodynamic testing with you as soon as possible to develop a treatment plan or recommend further testing.

If you have trouble with your urine stream, incontinence, or urine pressure, call the office of Huntington Urology Specialists today or book an appointment to undergo urodynamic testing online.