Advanced diagnostic tools are utilized at Arizona Urogynecology to provide the correct treatment options diagnoses. The main tools are detailed below.
Uro means a urinary system or “bladder” and dynamic means “active changes.” Urodynamic testing is a method used to assess the active behaviors and changes that happen during the function of the urethral sphincter, urinary bladder, and pelvic floor muscles.
Typically, the test involves the placement of a very small tube or catheter in the bladder, and another small tube in the rectum. Next, sterile fluid is utilized to fill the bladder, so that a doctor can establish how the bladder behaves as it fills.
This test can be extremely helpful to figure out which parts of the bladder are not functioning properly; the results of this test will often help your doctor establish the correct treatment for you. This test should not be painful, and the catheters are usually very small.
It is vital to remember that these tests can often help to determine the best treatment to fix these problems. Your doctor may request that, if possible, you arrive at the office with a full bladder.
Usually, anorectal manometry testing is carried out to evaluate the rectum’s function, the process of defecation and the anal sphincter muscles. A small catheter is positioned in the rectum and then attached to a computerized pressure measuring system.
Anal sphincter strength, rectal sensations and reflex measurements are performed, the test takes about 20-30 minutes and is not painful. It can be valuable for evaluating patients who complain of obstructive defecation, accidental bowel leakage, and incomplete rectal emptying.
Cystoscopy is a method used to look at the inside of the bladder with a camera. Numbing gel can be placed in the urethra, the tube that connects your bladder and the outside. Following this, a minute telescope is passed into the bladder. So that your doctor can see inside, sterile fluid is used to fill the bladder.
This enables your doctor to ensure that there are no abnormalities that could be causing your bladder symptoms such as tumors, inflammation, or stones. The test generally takes between 10 and 30 minutes and should not be painful. You will know the results straight after the test.
About AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center
The AZ Urogynecology and Pelvic Health Center is devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of all urogynecologic, pelvic floor disorders and complex gynecologic problems.
They offer a wide array of advanced diagnostic tools and specialized treatment options.
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