We are excited to be able to offer our patients this newer and non-invasive form of urodynamics! Similar to traditional urodynamics, the UroCuff system is a diagnostic test to evaluate the way in which your bladder is able to store and storage of urine.
It can provide your Urologist with a great deal of information about your bladder health as well as your likelihood of responding well to specific medications or procedures. It can also be used to follow your progress once you have begun your treatment plan.
When to ask your Urologist about UroCuff
You should speak with a Urologist about UroCuff as a possible part of your workup if you are a male with voiding symptoms, especially if there is concern about blockage of your urine flow or the strength of your bladder.
Typically covered by most insurances (although coinsurance and deductibles may apply). Coverage will be verified prior to proceeding. If you do not have insurance, our office will be able to give you an out-of-pocket cost estimate.
As would be expected with any newer technology, there are less clinical studies regarding UroCuff than there are for traditional urodynamics. However, studies do show that for men with lower urinary tract symptoms, the UroCuff and uroflow predicted accurately the results of the more invasive urodynamics in approximately 87% of men. Not surprisingly, survey studies showed that 100% of men would prefer this form of testing.
Possible Side Effects
For most patients, the test is not uncomfortable. Some patients may experience mild discomfort while the cuff is inflating. A few patients may experience some slight burning with urination and/or pass a small amount of blood.
Alternatives to UroCuff include traditional urodynamics or no evaluation of bladder strength.
What to do to Prepare for your Test
You will need to drink 32 oz of water 1 hour before the appointment to make sure your bladder is full.
What to Expect during your Test
The UroCuff Test measures many things including the amount of you urinate, the rate at which you urinate and the strength your bladder is able to generate during urination. To begin the test, a cuff is placed around your penis. One the cuff is in place, you will be instructed to simply void into a flow meter container. While you are urinating, the cuff inflates to increase in pressure until the flow of your urine is interrupted. The cuff then rapidly deflates, allowing urine flow to continue. This cycle repeats until your bladder is empty. Your bladder health is determined by the relationship between the pressure needed to stop your urine flow and the rate at which you urinate. The UroCuff system summarizes this information in a graph for you Urologist to interpret.
What to Expect after your Test
This test is non-invasive and side effects or complications are extremely rare. You should notify your Urologist if you have blood in your urine, pain or difficulty with urination for over 48 hours after your test.
You should be scheduled to talk to your Urologist about your results and the next steps in improving your urinary symptoms prior to leaving the office. Please call (717) 393-1771 if you need to confirm your time and location.