Urinary Incontinence

If you are experiencing issues associated with the bladder and urethra, such as incontinence (leakage), frequent urination, incomplete emptying, a weak urinary stream, or recurring infections, urodynamic testing can help clinicians diagnose the cause. A urodynamic evaluation may involve several tests, including:

  • Cystometrogram—uses a small catheter to measure bladder capacity, how well your bladder holds urine, and your control of the bladder muscle.
  • EMG—uses electrodes embedded in adhesive patches, placed near the rectum, to measure how well you are controlling the sphincter muscles and how well they are coordinating with the bladder.
  • Uroflowmetry—a test that measures the rate of urinary flow.
  • Pressure Flow Study—an evaluation of how well your bladder muscles, sphincter, and urethra work together.

Urodynamic Therapies: Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor Training

Based on the results of urodynamic testing, your clinician may recommend specific therapies to improve the functioning of your bladder and urethra, including the following two nonsurgical methods:

  • InTone, a therapeutic device that you can learn to use at home. InTone works with sound waves to exercise, strengthen, and retrain the muscles involved in the retention and voiding of urine.
  • Biofeedback and Electrical Stimulation Therapy Sessions, in which a nurse helps you exercise the pelvic floor muscles over six weekly sessions and teaches you exercises that you can perform at home.

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