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Evaluation: You may need one or more of the following tests to with planning your treatment:

  • Cystoscopy (si-ˈstäs-kə-pē): The cystoscope is a long tube with a light on the end. It is put in your urethra and guided into your bladder. The scope may be hooked to a camera so you and your doctor can see inside of your bladder and urethra on a TV monitor.  It may also be used to take a tissue sample for tests.
  • Physical exam: Your caregiver will examine you and ask you questions about your current and past health and urinary habits.
  • Post-void residual: A small soft tube is put into the bladder or ultrasound is used to measure how much urine is left in the bladder after urinating.
  • Voiding Diary: Caregivers may give you a record to keep track of when you urinate and when you are incontinent.
  • Urine tests: Your urine is examined to look for signs of infection, blood, or other problems.
  • Urodynamic (yer-o-di-na-mik) testing: This study helps evaluate the function of the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles.

 

Treatment Options

  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Self cathaterization