As with many of the practical aspects of urodynamics (UDS) testing, the rate at which the bladder is filled during the cystometric portion of the exam influences the test results. Generally speaking, filling during UDS can be at rates below physiologic levels, at physiologic levels or at supra-physiologic levels. There are distinct pros and cons to filling at either physiologic rates or rates above that, while filling at a rate below the natural rate of bladder filling is both inefficient and unnatural.
As with many aspects of medical practice, a solid training foundation is critical to best practices and the safe delivery of care. When it comes to performing urodynamics (UDS), as with many other procedures, the question of what level of training is requisite to perform UDS appropriately is a reasonable one. And the natural extension of this is whether or not a specific certification process is warranted to perform UDS.
Core services urologists must offer include basic history and examination ability, cystoscopy and access to and interpretation of relevant lab and/or radiologic studies of the urinary tract. A urologist who cannot offer these basic services is really not practicing urology. UDS is an important test that urologists offer; however, a urology practice can exist without offering UDS and still thrive.
Urodynamics (UDS) testing is a critical tool for the urologist managing voiding dysfunction and incontinence.
Like all tests, there are certain scenarios where the results are more helpful than others and times when using a test is critical.
This blog posts explores several key situations when UDS is a critical test to consider.
Proper quality control before and during urodynamics (UDS) is critical to obtaining optimal test results. There are several key maneuvers that should be performed before the study begins and in the event of issues during the test, several remedial actions that can be taken. The International Continence Society (ICS) has previously published on quality control during UDS and the work of both Blaivas and Abrams has expanded our understanding of both quality control and artifacts (Abrams, 2012). The reader should review the excellent manuscript from Abrams for further details, as much of this blog post refers to these works.
After radical prostatectomy (RP), nearly 5-10% of men may experience substantial issues with urine control. Immediately after surgery many men have issues, especially with stress leakage; however, most will regain an acceptable level of continence within 6-12 months of surgery. For this smaller group of men with persistent incontinence, however, urine control can be a substantial issue and some require additional intervention to restore continence. Urodynamics can be a helpful adjunct in this population.
One of the most vexing clinical situations happens to be one of the best uses of urodynamics (UDS): ongoing symptoms after female incontinence surgery. These cases are challenging and patients are often not happy to have ongoing symptoms, new symptoms or worsening symptoms; however, appropriately utilized and interpreted, UDS can be key to helping these patients.
Surgical management of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a commonplace procedure, usually indicated on the basis of the clinical history and exam findings alone. In fact, Level I evidence from the VALUE trial suggests that urodynamics (UDS) makes no difference in the outcome of SUI surgery in straightforward cases.1 Nonetheless, in many situations UDS is a critical part of evaluating SUI patients for surgery; moreover, in some instances UDS will spare women surgery that may not be beneficial.2
One clear-cut area where UDS is very helpful is for the patient who has previously undergone surgery for SUI and/or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). These patients may present complex anatomy, obstruction from prior surgery, changes in bladder compliance, and a very high valsalva leak point pressure. UDS may help guide the decision as to what intervention(s) may be necessary in these patients.
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