Unexpected urine leaks or frequent urinary tract infections may be a warning sign something is wrong with your bladder or urinary tract health. At Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine in Peoria, Arizona, the skilled medical team offers urodynamic testing to identify blockages, infections, or other issues that can affect your health and quality of life. Whether you need a simple urinalysis or a comprehensive voiding pressure study, you get the convenience of in-office testing and access to specialist referrals. Find out more about the diagnostic benefits of urodynamic testing by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
Urodynamics involves a series of screening tests that evaluates the health of your bladder, urethra, and sphincter’s ability to hold and release urine. Urodynamic testing can identify issues that cause urine leaks or blockages.
You may need urodynamics testing to diagnose the cause of:
There are a number of testing strategies available to evaluate bladder health and your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine physician can recommend which is right for you.
The staff at Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine offers in-office bladder evaluations that may include tests like:
Urinalysis involves an assessment of a sample of your urine to identify urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and diabetes.
Cystometry measures the amount of urine in the bladder versus existing bladder pressure to evaluate the function of the muscles and nerves that control the bladder.
Uroflowmetry determines the amount of urine that leaves your bladder during urination and the speed at which you urinate.
Voiding pressure studies evaluate the pressure flow of urine as it leaves the bladder to identify potential obstructions.
Additional testing, such as bloodwork or ultrasounds, may be necessary if any of the urodynamics tests indicate you may have an infection, structural defect, or other blockages in the bladder or urinary tract.
For tests like cystometry and voiding pressure studies, your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine physician must insert a catheter. This can cause some discomfort during and after the testing, which should resolve within a few hours.
Another common side effect of catheter use in urodynamics testing is blood in the urine. A small amount of blood is normal, and you should report heavier bleeding or other side effects to Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine as soon as possible.
Your physician reviews your test results during your visit and creates a custom treatment plan to protect the health of your urinary tract. Treatment depends on the issues you have.
If results indicate a bacterial infection, you can expect to start treatment with antibiotics. For structural obstructions or other serious issues, you may need a referral to a specialist.
Learn more about the diagnostic benefits of urodynamics testing by calling the office today or booking a consultation online.