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Private urodynamics treatment to assess bladder function

Doctor and patient in a urodynamics consultation
Urodynamics is the name given to a set of medical tests that assess how well your bladder is functioning. These tests can identify issues that may cause problems such as incontinence or retention, and help your consultant to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

At Circle Health Group, we offer private urodynamics treatment using state-of-the-art equipment in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Our specialist consultants have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a range of urological conditions, so you can rest assured that you are in expert hands.

If you are experiencing bladder symptoms such as urgency, frequency or leakage, our specialist teams can help you identify the cause and help you to find a treatment plan that works for you. For more information on urodynamics, call or book online and you can usually find an appointment within 48 hours.

If you are experiencing urinary problems, your doctor may recommend that you undergo urodynamics testing. Urodynamics is a series of tests that help to evaluate the function of your bladder and urinary tract. Some common symptoms that can lead to urodynamics testing include:

  • Incontinence, or the involuntary release of urine
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Painful urination, or dysuria
  • Urgent or sudden need to urinate
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
  • Weak urine stream or difficulty starting urination

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for urodynamics testing.

Urodynamics testing is commonly used to diagnose and evaluate a range of conditions, including:

Your consultant will work with you to determine if urodynamics testing is the right diagnostic tool for your condition. If they recommend urodynamics, they will explain what you can expect during the tests and what the results may indicate about your condition.

At Circle Health Group, we understand that experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract or pelvic floor disorder can be worrying and uncomfortable. Our specialists are here to help you understand your symptoms, make a diagnosis as soon as possible, and guide you through the available treatment options so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for you.

During your initial consultation, your specialist will discuss your symptoms and medical history in detail. They may also perform a physical examination and recommend diagnostic tests or scans, such as a urine test or pelvic ultrasound, to help make an accurate diagnosis.

Your first consultation is a crucial step in creating a personalised treatment plan for you. Our team of experts will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. We understand that every patient is unique, so we work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

At Circle Health Group, we pride ourselves on offering a patient-focused service, where your care and comfort are our top priority. Our goal is to help you feel confident in your treatment plan and ultimately improve your quality of life.

How to prepare for a urodynamics test

Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your urodynamic test. Generally, you will need to drink plenty of fluids before the test and arrive with a full bladder. You may also need to avoid certain medications or food and drink before the procedure.

Urodynamics usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the tests needed. The testing is a non-invasive process that typically doesn't require anaesthetic. However, your doctor may apply a numbing cream or local anaesthetic to the area to make you more comfortable during the test.

During urodynamics testing, small sensors will be placed in your bladder and rectum (or vagina in females). These sensors will measure pressure changes as your bladder is filled with water and as you urinate. You will be asked to cough, bear down, or perform other movements to help your doctor evaluate your bladder function.

Your doctor may also perform an ultrasound or X-ray during the test to get a better look at your bladder and urinary tract. This is sometimes referred to as a video urodynamics test.

Most people can resume normal activities immediately after urodynamics testing. You may experience some mild discomfort or urinary urgency for a short time after the test, but this should resolve quickly.

What are the risks or potential complications?

The risk of complications after urodynamics is very low. Some of the potential risks include:

  • Discomfort or pain during the test
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bleeding
  • Allergic reaction to the contrast dye

It is important to note that your healthcare provider will review your medical history and any medications you are taking before the test to ensure that the risks are minimised.

Your consultant will explain the potential risks and complications of urodynamics testing in more detail and answer any questions you may have. They will also work with you to determine if this test is the right choice for your individual needs and situation.

Remember, it is always important to make an informed decision about any medical procedure, and your consultant is there to guide you through this process.

We answer some of your most commonly asked questions about urodynamics.

How much does a urodynamic test cost?

The cost of urodynamic testing varies depending on factors including which hospital you choose and your reason for having the tests. The exact cost of the treatment will be confirmed in writing before you book. For a personalised quote, give us a call.

Is a urodynamic test painful?

Urodynamic testing can cause some discomfort or pressure, but it should not be painful. During the test, you may experience sensations similar to those you have when you need to urinate. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

What can a urodynamic test show?

A urodynamic test can show how well your bladder and urethra are functioning. It can diagnose urinary problems, such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and incomplete bladder emptying. Urodynamic testing can also help identify the cause of these problems and determine the best treatment options for you.

Can urodynamic tests cause problems?

Urodynamic tests are generally safe, and complications are rare. However, like any medical procedure, there is a small risk of infection or bleeding. Our experienced team takes every precaution to reduce the risk of complications.

Is urodynamic testing necessary?

Urodynamic testing may be necessary to diagnose urinary problems and determine the best treatment options for you. Our experienced team will evaluate your symptoms and medical history to determine if urodynamic testing is necessary for your individual case.

What is a urodynamic test for a female?

Urodynamic testing for females is a diagnostic test that evaluates how well the bladder and urethra are functioning. It can diagnose urinary problems such as urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and incomplete bladder emptying.

What is a video urodynamics test?

A video urodynamic test is a focused urodynamic test that uses imaging technology, such as X-rays or ultrasound, to evaluate the bladder and urethra's function. This type of test can help diagnose complex urinary problems and provide more detailed information about bladder and urethral function.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and consultant suit your needs
  • Personalised, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard and delicious healthy meals
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about urodynamics, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.

Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in April 2023. Next review due April 2026.

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