Urodynamics is a test to better understand how your bladder functions. This test gives specific information relating to how your bladder muscles store and eliminate urine. It is important to know how your bladder functions to determine the best treatment for your symptoms. This testing may be suggested by Dr. Gandhi if you are experiencing problems including:
- Inability to begin urination
- Inability to fully empty the bladder
- Recurring bladder infections
- Pain with urination
- Frequent urination
- Leakage of urine (incontinence)
- Strong, sudden urge to urinate
Urodynamics is a diagnostic test that offers extensive, valuable information to Dr. Gandhi for a thorough and definitive answer to urinary problems. It is often done before and after surgeries to determine if there has been a positive change in urinary function to compare results.
Several procedures are done during urodynamic testing, and will vary depending on the patient’s concerns and the doctor’s speculations as to what might be causing the conditions. After the patient urinates in the bathroom, the doctor uses a catheter to insert into the urethra and into the bladder where the amount of post-void residual (PVR) is measured. Then, the doctor uses a catheter to insert into the urethra and into the bladder where the amount of post-void residual (PVR) is measured. This allows him to determine if the bladder if being fully emptied after urination. Then the doctor will fill the bladder with water through the catheter until the patient feels the urge to urinate. At this point, the amount of water stored in the bladder is measured to determine the bladder’s capacity.
Dr. Gandhi understands how this testing can be embarrassing and difficult for some individuals. However, it can give him the information needed to determine the source of a problem and provide the right treatment to address it. His practice offers gentle, compassionate care with understanding and patient nurses and assistants that can put women at ease and address their anxieties about undergoing urodynamic testing.