How Is Urine Incontinence Diagnosed?
We see hundreds of patients living with urine incontinence.
Your appointment may be the first time you have arranged to see a doctor about your condition; you may feel anxious but recognise this is an important step. Other patients we see may have been struggling with incontinence for many years, seen many doctors but have not found an effective solution to this distressing problem.
Our incontinence specialist, consultant urologist Mohammed Belal, receives referrals from throughout the Midlands region and beyond and welcomes patients who are seeking a second opinion.
What happens when I come into clinic?
If it is the first time you have sought help for incontinence, we will start with some simple tests and assessments. These will include:
- An assessment of your symptoms as you experience them.
- An assessment of what you drink, how often you go to the toilet and how your bladder feels and functions.
- You may be asked to keep a bladder diary, charting exactly what you drink, when you go to the toilet and how much urine you pass.
- A sample of urine will be taken to check for infection.
- A blood sample will be taken to check for underlying medical problems which could be linked to your symptoms.
Where appropriate, we will start with the least invasive options, such as lifestyle modifications before considering more invasive approaches and assessments.
If you are coming to clinic having had previous treatment which has not been effective, or severe symptoms, we will undertake a urodynamics test. This provides a very precise evaluation of your condition which is essential for planning treatment.