Urodynamic Testing

Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a common problem in women; ranging in severity from somewhat inconvenient to totally debilitating. This problem may occur when you cough, laugh, or during certain physical activities. It is not a critical medical problem, but it is a quality of life issue that affects one in ten women.

There are several types of urinary incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence is a result of weakness in the pelvic floor muscles or changes in a womens body due to pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. Stress incontinence occurs when sneezing, laughing, or other activities that increase abdominal pressure.
  • Urge incontinence is caused by involuntary muscle contractions around the bladder. Urge incontinence occurs suddenly after feeling the need to void, and is thought to be cause by bladder spasms or an overactive bladder.
  • Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
  • Overflow incontinence is when the bladder leaks urine, usually due to a muscular problem or an obstruction.

Urodynamic testing is a medical test used in our office to observe the function of the urinary system during urination. It is used to help diagnose conditions affecting normal urination, helping the doctor identify the physical cause of the problem.

The test involves the placement of a very small catheter into the bladder and another small tube in the vagina. Sterile fluid is used to fill the bladder to observe how the bladder behaves as it is getting full.

Dr. Kowalczyk can evaluate what type/types of urinary incontinence account for your symptoms so that the condition can be improved or treated. Treatments can range from exercises, medications, or surgical procedures.