Leavitt Women’s Healthcare

Bladder Testing & Repair Specialist

The doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare, located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, offer bladder testing and repair services to women from throughout southeastern Idaho.

Bladder Testing & Repair Q & A

  • What is Bladder Testing?
    • Bladder testing determines the health and function of a patient’s bladder. In addition to urine sample testing, which checks for blood or proteins in the urine to determine if a bladder condition is present, the doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare may use a variety of other tests including:

      • Urodynamic tests determine how well the bladder functions

      • Cystometry to measure bladder pressure during storage and evacuation

      • Uroflowmetry tests the speed and volume of urine flow

      • Cystography allows the doctor to see the bladder and supporting structures with the use of dyes and x-rays

      • Cystoscopy uses a thin tube with a light and fiber-optic telescope which is inserted into the bladder via the urethra to view the inside of the bladder

      • Ultrasounds and MRIs are also used to look at the bladder

  • Why Would I Need Bladder Testing?
    • The doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare may order bladder testing to diagnose the cause of urinary incontinence, chronic cystitis, painful bladder or frequent urination, problems with emptying the bladder completely, or issues with starting a urine stream. Women who experience any of these conditions or symptoms should seek medical attention. While some conditions affecting the bladder can feel embarrassing, the doctors are professionally trained and experienced in helping women with bladder issues.
  • What is Bladder Repair?
    • When a physical issue in the bladder or the supporting pelvic floor is the cause of urinary incontinence or other condition, the doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare can perform minimally invasive bladder repair surgeries. These surgeries may include the placement of a mesh support for the bladder or repairs to the pelvic floor itself. If the bladder is damaged or if large bladder stones need to be removed, the doctors can also remove the stones and repair the bladder. Minimally invasive surgeries are performed whenever possible as the outcomes are better for the patient.