UC Health urology now offers patients video urodynamics testing, further enhancing the level of care available to patients who suffer from quality of life-impacting challenges related to urination frequency, urgency and/or urine leakage.
, MD, says video urodynamics testing is a critical tool for pinpointing the underlying causes of urine leakage and impaired urine flow in complex voiding dysfunction cases.
"Video urodynamics is one of the highest levels of diagnostic testing available for voiding disorders and we are pleased to offer it to patients in the Greater Cincinnati area,” says Mahdy, who serves as UC Health’s director of voiding dysfunction and female urology and assistant professor of surgery at the UC College of Medicine.
Traditional urodynamic testing evaluates bladder and urethral function. The bladder is a storage organ for urine; the urethra controls the voluntary release of urine from the body. Voiding dysfunction such as urinary incontinence or voiding difficulties occur when bladder and/or urethra function is compromised in some way.
"Video urodynamics allows us to combine the traditional urodynamic testing to look at function—how efficient the bladder is as a storage organ, for example—while also using fluoroscopy (moving X-rays) to gather correlated anatomical information in a real-time manner,” explains Mahdy. "Problems with the urinary system can be related to a host of factors including aging, neurologic diseases, previous pelvic surgeries as well asvaginal prolapse in women or benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. Having both functional and anatomic information allows us to develop more personalized and effective treatment strategies.”
The video urodynamics lab offers evaluation for complex cases of voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence. It will also serve patients who have failed previous incontinence surgeries and those with neurogenic bladder—a condition where the bladder fails to empty (or store) properly due to a neurologic condition like spinal cord injury, spina bifida, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Traditional urodynamics testing is available in both Clifton and West Chester. Video urodynamics testing is conducted in West Chester only.
Mahdy is the only urologist in the Greater Cincinnati area fellowship trained to address female urology issues. Together with urogynecologist Mary South
, MD, UC Health offers patients comprehensive evaluation, medical and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of female urology issues.
For appointments with urology, call (513) 475-8787. For appointments with urogynecology, call (513) 475-8588. More information on all UC Health patient care services is available at ucphysicians.com