Investigations at the Wesley and Mater Urogynaecology Unit
The majority of women attending Dr Maher will require further investigation to define the cause of the problem.
Urodynamics is the investigation of bladder function and is usually able to be performed at the initial consultation. The aim of Urodynamics is to help make a clear diagnosis of the cause of bladder dysfunction and future treatment will depend on these results. The test takes approximately 35 minutes and is performed by a trained continence nurse. Small catheters are introduced into the bladder, urethra and vagina. These catheters are used to fill the bladder and record pressure changes that may occur during the test. If you are menstruating at the time of the appointment, the test can still be carried out.
Fully disposable catheters and sterile water are used to minimize the risk of infection. 1-3% of women will develop a urinary tract infection after the test. Increasing fluid intake in the first few hours after the test will minimize the risk of infection. A copy of the report will be sent to your referring doctor.
Advanced 3-D ultrasound is also utilized to visualize the pelvic floor including assessment of the urethra, residual urine, prolapse and that status of the pelvic floor muscles.