Sunday, June 10, 2012
Your provider has told you that you need a urodynamics study (UDS) but you have no idea what that means. You’re scared and thinking of canceling your appointment. Before you cancel, keep reading to learn more about the procedure.
What is a UDS and why is it performed?
A UDS is simply a bladder study. Your provider can gain very beneficial information from this study and it can help guide treatment plans. It can help determine if medication or a surgical procedure is appropriate for you.
Is a UDS painful?
No it is not painful. You may experience some urgency to urinate or some mild discomfort with urination after the study, but this resolves quickly.
When can I resume normal activities?
You can return to all your normal activities on the same day. Sedation or anesthesia is not required to perform the study.
Can I eat and drink before or after the procedure?
Yes, there is no limitation or restrictions regarding diet. Your provider may ask that you do not increase your fluid intake prior to the study, but will not likely limit your fluid intake. Please discuss with your provider regarding fluids the day of your study as each practice has their own requirements for the study.
How long will the study take?
The procedure itself varies in length of time depending on your bladder function. You should plan on being at your appointment for 1 – 1 ½ hours.
Questions to think about prior to study:
How often do you void (urinate)? ex: every hour, 2 hours, 10 times per day
How many times do you get up at night to void?
Do you leak urine?
If you do leak urine, when does it happen? Trying to get the bathroom on time? With laughing, sneezing, and coughing?
Do you push or strain to empty your bladder?
Do you have urgency (gotta go, gotta go)?
If you are having a urodynamics study be sure to discuss all your questions and concerns with your provider. Knowledge is power and can help alleviate your concerns.
If you are having bladder issues, be sure to see your provider as there are treatment options available. If you are not sure where to start, talk with your primary care or family provider. He/She will know where to refer you for evaluation and discussion of treatment options.