Urodynamic Testing Specialist

Jay J. Stein, MD, FACS -  - Urologist

Jay J. Stein, MD, FACS

Urologist located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Stein uses urodynamic testing to help women and men in the Beverly Grove, CA, and Greater Los Angeles areas understand the causes of their urinary incontinence so they can get the best treatment to help resolve their symptoms.

Urodynamic testing Q & A

Dr. Stein uses urodynamic testing to help women and men understand the causes of their urinary incontinence so they can get the best treatment to help resolve their symptoms.

What is urodynamic testing?

Urodynamic tests are simple in-office tests that are used to measure the health and strength of your bladder and urinary sphincter, the muscle that helps you control the flow of urine. Urodynamic testing plays an important role in diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence in men and women.

How is urodynamic testing performed?

Before your appointment, you’ll need to drink a lot of water so your bladder is full. Once in the office, you’ll be asked to urinate into a container so the amount of urine and the flow rate (how quickly you’re able to expel urine) can be determined. Then, a thin flexible tube called a catheter will be inserted through your urethra (the opening where urine is expelled from your body) into your bladder so the amount of urine remaining in your bladder can be measured. This is called the post-void residual urine, or PVR. In some cases, the catheter may be used to refill your bladder with water to determine when you first feel the need to urinate. This measurement can help Dr. Stein determine your bladder capacity and the physiologic and pathologic problems with your bladder. Additional water may be added until involuntary urination occurs to help evaluate the strength of your sphincter. 

What do the results of the test mean?

Normal results mean your bladder and sphincter are functioning within normal ranges, which enables Dr. Stein to eliminate certain causes of incontinence. Abnormal results can involve one or more of the following results:

  • An excessive amount of urine remains in the bladder after urinating, which may indicate a blockage or poor muscle function
  • Either more or less fluid is needed to trigger the urge to urinate
  • Urination occurs involuntarily when a less-than-normal amount of fluid is in the bladder causing urgency of urination or urgency incontinence

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most PPO insurance plans, private insurance and Medicare. We participate in Cedar Sinai's Medical Group. If you have any questions, please contact our office. 

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Health
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Director's Guild (DGA)
Great West Life
Health Net
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
PacifiCare
Screen Actors Guild
Tricare
UnitedHealthcare
USAA