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Urodynamic Testing Preparation

The following will apply to any test that you are scheduled for:

1) You may eat, drink, and take all of your usual medications on the day of your testing. If you have a morning test, it is best if you actually do eat your morning meal before you come in.
2) The testing will not require sedation therefore you will be able to drive yourself home if there is no one to accompany you to the visit.
3) Come to the clinic area with a normally full bladder. Do not urinate once you come to the clinic unless you absolutely have to. If you become extremely uncomfortable from the urge to empty your bladder before you are brought into an exam room, please inform the receptionist who will inform the technician.

**If you are unable to complete any of the requested preparatory activities, we may need to reschedule your appointment. It is very important that your urologist have the required information to help determine the best treatment option for you.

Important information to give to your health care provider prior to testing:

1) Notify your provider if you feel that you have a urinary tract infection—fever, chills, burning with urination, blood in your urine. We will check a urine specimen at some point during your visit but we ask that you inform us if you think you have an active infection.

2) Notify your provider of any drug allergies or allergy to latex.

3) Notify your provider if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant. Some studies involve exposure to x-rays which are dangerous to an unborn child.

4) Notify your provider if you have a history of rheumatic fever, problems with your heart valves, artificial heart valves, artificial joints (knee, hip, etc), or vascular grafts. Notify your provider if you have been told that you are at risk to develop endocarditis. These conditions may warrant administration of certain antibiotics prior to testing.

You will be given descriptions of the tests that will be performed as part of your evaluation. If you have questions after reviewing the materials, you may contact our nurses at 734-936-7030. We want you to be comfortable during testing and informed about what to expect. No question is trivial or stupid so do not be afraid to call us! Before you read the test description, you may find it useful to look at the last page of this packet which contains illustrations of the urinary system and definitions.

Cystometrogram (CMG)
Fluorourodynamic Study (FUDS)
Retrograde Urethrogram (RUG)
Ultrasound Postvoid Residual (PVR)
Uroflowmetry (Uroflow)
Frequency and Volume Chart
Incontinence Protection Pad Weight Test