Approximately 12.2 million adults in the United States suffer from urge incontinence and 36.8% of women between 20 and 45 have an overactive bladder. In other words, urinary incontinence is prevalent, and treatable, thanks to advanced urodynamic testing. At Aster OB/GYN, Farris Fahmy, MD, FACOG and Dr. Ravikumar diagnose and evaluate urinary problems in their patients on the Upper West Side of New York using urodynamics, helping them overcome incontinence. If you’d like to learn more about urodynamics, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
In its simplest definition, urodynamics is the study of your urinary system in order to figure out what may be behind your incontinence. At Aster OB/GYN, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar perform any number of tests to see where your problem lies, and these include:
After Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar review your symptoms and the degree of your incontinence, they determine which tests would be best. All of the tests are nonsurgical and help Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar zero in on the underlying cause so they can formulate a treatment plan that works best for your situation.
If you’re experiencing any problems with urine leakage or issues with your bladder’s ability to hold urine, urodynamics gets to the root of the problem.
Your bladder is designed to hold urine and, as it fills, your nerves send messages to your brain to signal that your bladder is filling up. Your brain sends messages back to activate the small muscles called sphincters, which are located along your urethra, to hold the urine in your bladder until you can empty it.
When something goes awry in this process, whether with your bladder or urethra, it can cause urinary incontinence, which is the involuntary release of urine.
Incontinence is a fairly common problem, especially as you age or if you’re pregnant, but this safety in numbers is usually of little consolation when it comes to dealing with the embarrassing and life-altering problem. Thankfully, there’s much that Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar can do.
Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar has a number of treatment options for urinary incontinence, including:
Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar often use a combination of treatments that restore your ability to lead a healthy, active life without worrying about incontinence.
If you want to gain the upper hand on urinary leakage, call Aster OB/GYN, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.