Minimally Invasive Surgery
In minimally invasive surgery, doctors use a variety of techniques to operate with less damage to the body than with open surgery. In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.
Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery – procedures performed through tiny incisions. It is also sometimes used in certain traditional open surgical procedures. The largest benefits to the technique are finer dissection with less interruption of natural body tissues, better outcomes and faster recovery times after operations. Procedures that used to require patients to stay in the hospital for 3 or more nights can almost all be done now with patients only staying in the hospital for monitoring less than 24 hours.
Urodynamic Bladder Function Testing
Urodynamic Bladder Function testing is a diagnostic process used to measure urine flow, nerve and muscle function, bladder pressure and other factors that contribute to conditions such as urinary incontinence. The tests performed give your urologist insight on how well the bladder, urinary sphincters, and the urethra are storing and releasing urine.
There are multiple types of urodynamic tests. Your provider will evaluate your symptoms to determine the most advantageous test(s) to do. Common tests include:
- Postvoid Residual Measurement: Measuring the amount of urine remaining after the bladder has been emptied.
- Uroflometry: Measures the flow of urine determining speed and volume of output.
- Cytometric Test: A catheter is used to fill the bladder with fluid. This helps determine bladder capacity and bladder pressure.
- Leak Point Pressure Measurement: For those who experience stress urinary incontinence, this test can determine the amount of bladder pressure present when leakage occurs.
- Pressure Flow Study: Used to determine the amount of pressure required by the bladder to urinate. This can help identify potential blockages.
- Electromyography: Measures muscle and nerve function during urination to everything is functioning properly.
- Video Urodynamic Test: A multipurpose test that uses x-ray and/or ultrasound to evaluate bladder function.
Following your Urodynamic Bladder Function testing, your urology provider will have a clearer idea of what is causing your particular symptoms and will work with you to determine an appropriate treatment plan.