Urodynamics

Urodynamic testing is performed to determine the functional status of the lower urinary system. This office-based procedure can help safely and reliably determine the nature of urinary problems such as slow stream, frequent urination, frequent nighttime urination, and incontinence. Because the aforementioned symptoms can be tied to various underlying conditions, it is important to identify the underlying condition to appropriately tailor therapy. Urodynamic testing allows the doctors at Napa Valley Urology to optimally diagnose voiding conditions.

Urodynamics typically takes 30-45 minutes. Pain medication is never necessary for the testing. A small temporary catheter is placed in the bladder during the testing and bladder pressure and sensations are measured during a slow filling of the bladder with water. Anesthesia is not necessary for the testing and patients are able to drive themselves to and from the office for the testing.