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Unread 06-23-2004, 06:55 PM
Urodynamic testing of the bladder


I am really nervous about these tests... what is involved and do they hurt?
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Unread 06-23-2004, 08:52 PM
Urodynamic testing of the bladder

I too was nervous for that test! They kept telling me most women say they had no discomfort. I did only because I had a bladder infection at the time so I had minimal cramping and burning. First you pee in a computerized potty then they put a numbing gel in the urethra and use a small catheter that gives an EKG type reading as it goes up the urethra. Next they put fluid in your bladder and you let them know when you think it's full. They wanted to get a look in my bladder but I was too uncomfortable so they waited until my surgery. They had done a urine culture just a couple of days before the test and the results were not in yet. They have you cough and bear down. I did find it interesting. All the Uro-Gyn. testing is just so foreign to us. Who dreams up these tests! It really wasn't a big deal. I am now 2 weeks post op and feel really good. I have not jumped up and down yet or had a good sneeze or laugh to really check out the results but so far so good.
Unread 06-24-2004, 04:57 AM
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YEA! I am so glad to hear from you... I have finally found someone who is/was having the same problems I am! If you don't mind me asking, were you having any problems with your uterus? The first doc I went to told me my uterus was healthy and in place. I have no problems with my periods and they have even gotten lighter this last year. But the first doc said 'the uterus would have to go' if he did the Burch. I don't agree with him. I don't see why it has to 'go' if it is in place and healthy. So I opted for a second opinion, which I am in the middle of. I like this Dr more than the first one. He didn't seem to understand what the big deal was with me wanting to keep my uterus. He tried so hard to sell me on the idea of removing it. Like he was going to do me a 'favor' so I don't have periods anymore... I am 46 and having periods since I was 14 so what difference does 5 more years of periods mean to me? I am used to it!!! My second Dr who is female totally understands this. After the bladder tests, she will be able to tell me what type of surgery she would do on my bladder. I have no bladder incontinence but my bladder support is pretty much gone so it is very 'loose'. I originally went to the Dr for help with my rectocele. That is what REALLY bothers me. So you had your surgery two weeks ago and are feeling good now?
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Unread 06-24-2004, 08:01 AM
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I feel great! I had a large ovarian cyst that my gyn had been watching. It got larger and more dense over a 2 month period so it had to go. My other ovary had multiple cysts on it too. I had the option of just having the one ovary removed up to the works. I have had some major flooding with my periods and they had started to make their own schedule. Three weeks apart, 6 weeks apart, lasting 4 days or 30 days. Nuisance bleeding, nothing totally out of control. With my uterus gone I would have more hormone therapy options should I need to go there. (No problem so far). Not being a fan of abdominal surgery I went for the works. I had no emotional attachment to my uterus, which is not the case for everyone. It served me well. My gyn sent me to a uro-gyn for an evaluation before surgery because I mentioned my bladder seemed slow to empty and I had uncomfortable pelvic pressure during my period and shooting rectal "zingers". I am in the bathroom way to often. The uro-gyn found a cystocele, cystourethrocele and the rectocele. None were advanced enough that he would recommend repair now except that I was having the hysterectomy. After abdominal surgery you form adhesions and that could make future repairs "difficult, dangerous or impossible". I always ask the "if I were your wife, what would you recommend" question. He said he would recommend doing all the repairs at once. Again, not being a fan of surgery I said fix it all. My surgeons worked together, the gyn did the hyst. and the uro-gyn did my repairs. My gyn said at my 2 week check up that he was very impressed with the uro-gyn technique. That made me feel good... Anyway long story, thrilled with my results so far!
Unread 06-24-2004, 05:54 PM
Urodynamic testing of the bladder

Hello again...

Well, I will be having the tests within the next two weeks. I have to call in the morning to make my appointment. The nurse called the tests "Simple Cystometrics". Then they scheduled me for a rectal ultrasound. Did you need to have one of those? I know that won't hurt, but it will be embarassing. I don't know why I get embarassed, but I do. These people see this all day long and it is nothing but a job to them. But to me, it is very embarassing. Anyways, I hope I am not getting too personal asking these questions.
Unread 06-24-2004, 07:33 PM
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I did not have a rectal ultrasound. All these tests are a little humiliating. Like my mom told me, leave your modesty at the door and pick it up on your way back out.
Unread 06-25-2004, 06:26 AM
Urodynamic testing of the bladder

So, you had a TAH? Is that a total abdominal hysterectomy? You were cut inside and out then? That is what they want to do to me. You are so lucky yours is over with already! How ever do you deal with the anxiety of waiting? I am already sick from being nervous and can't sleep. One good thing is I will probably lose some weight! That is a good way to think about our embarrassment... the way your Mom put it. This new Dr I'm going to works out of the University and is teaching staff there. So, when I went for my initial exam there were four others 'observing'. It was so embarassing to me. I wish my regular OB/GYN did this surgery but she doesn't. Okay enough whining now...
Unread 06-25-2004, 07:43 AM
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It is good to go to a specialist for this surgery. My uro-gynecologist is a pelvic floor specialist and very enthusiastic about his field. ( I personally don't understand the attraction) I credit my quick recovery to my surgeons. I have a bikini cut on the outside and a vertical incision inside. I do have an episiotomy type incision also and it does go into the vagina. I can only feel a slight little tug on the outside when I sit. If you are on your back there are stitches at 5 o'clock and 7 o'clock. My belly incision was numb until just recently and now it is tingly, burny, itchy. A weird sensation. The waiting is the worst part. I finally relaxed some once I had my date. I knew this was coming and lost a significant amout of weight, started walking 2-3 miles a day, ate a very healthy diet and started taking a vitamin/mineral supplement religiously. I am eating a little more protein now to help with healing. I see you are from Michigan. Me too! I had my surgery at a teaching hospital and they introduced me to the student who would be watching. Are you going to THE hospital? I don't think we are allowed to mention names.
Unread 06-25-2004, 10:46 AM
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Thank-you so much for talking to me about all this. I am a basket case. When you say 'THE' do you mean in Ann Arbor?
Unread 06-25-2004, 11:24 AM
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