Uroflowmetry – What You Should Know

Uroflowmetry measures the flow of urine. It measures how quickly the urine flows, how much it flows, and how long it takes. It’s a screening procedure to determine how well the urinary tract performs. Your doctor can recommend uroflowmetry if you have difficulties urinating or if you have a sluggish flow.

By calculating the average and maximum rate of urine flow, this measure can indicate an obstruction in your urinary tract, such as an enlarged prostate. When paired with a cystometrogram (CMG), it can help to find problems such as a small bladder.

The Need For A Urine Flow Test

A urine flow test in Dubai is a quick, simple test that gives useful feedback about the health of the lower urinary tract. It is often used to see if there is a blockage to normal urine outflow.

Health problems that can change the normal flow of urine include:

  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It’s an enlargement of the prostate gland. It is not caused by cancer and mostly occurs in men over 50 years of age. The prostate coils around the urethra. When widened, it can widen the urethra and interfere with the regular passage of urine from the bladder. If left untreated, the swollen prostate will obstruct the urethra.
  • Cancer of the prostate
  • Urinary blockage. Urinary tract blockage can occur for several causes along every portion of the urinary tract, from the kidneys to the urethra. This can cause inflammation, scarring, or even kidney failure if untreated.
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction. This is a concern with bladder control due to a nervous system problem, such as a spinal cord tumor or fracture.
  • Frequent urinary tract infections. These can cause scarring and damage to the urinary tract.

There could be other explanations for the health care physician to prescribe a flow test for urine.

Preparation For A Urine Flow Test

Following are guidelines for urine flow test in Dubai:

  • At Bizrahmed, we will make sure to explain the procedure and you can ask questions.
  • Typically, no prior planning is required, such as fasting (not eating or drinking).
  • You will be advised to drink about 4 glasses of water a few hours before the exam to make sure your bladder is healthy.
  • Should not drain your bladder until you report for the treatment.
  • Notify the health care provider whether you are pregnant or believe you might be pregnant.
  • Be sure to inform us the complete list of all the medications (prescription and over the counter), herbs, vitamins and supplements you are taking.
  • Depending on your health condition, your health care provider can request more specialized treatment.

Urine Flow Test Procedure At Bizrahmed, Dubai

The Urinary Flow Test at Bizrahmed, Dubai is conducted on an outpatient basis. This means you’re can go home on the same day as the operation. Procedures can vary depending on your condition and the specialization of your healthcare provider. Urine flow analyses usually follow this process:

  • You will be taken to the treatment area and instructed how to use the urine flow test system called the flow meter.
  • When you are ready to urinate, press the Start button of the flow meter and count for 5 seconds before you begin to urinate.
  • Begin urinating in a funnel unit that is attached to a regular toilet or a portable dresser. The flow meter will monitor details as you urinate.
  • Should not pressure or struggle when you urinate.
  • Once you are finished urinating, count for 5 seconds and press the flow meter button again.
  • Don’t put some toilet paper in a funnel device.

Post-Care Of Urine Flow Test

Generally, there is no special type of care required after a urine flow test in Dubai. Once you undergo the test with us at Bizrahmed, Dubai we will be providing you with more guidance after the treatment, based on your condition.

Understanding The Results Of Your Urine Flow Test

Our expert doctors at Bizrahmed, will use the data to assess the peak or Qmax flow rate. They usually use the peak flow rate, along with the emptying pattern and urine volumes, to assess the severity of any blockage or obstruction. Decreased urinary flow can indicate that you have weak bladder muscles or a blockage in your urethra. Increasing the flow of urine can indicate that you have muscle weakness that helps regulate the flow of urine. It may also be a symptom of urinary incontinence.

Our doctors will take the condition and symptoms into account by checking the flow of urine before they formulate a treatment plan. You will require further monitoring of the urinary system. You should speak to our doctors about the outcome of the exam. They will help you determine if medication is needed and what options you have if you need care. Speak to our doctors if you have any trouble while urinating.

Frequently Asked Quesions

Average results are based on your age and sex. Typically, urine flow runs from 10 ml to 21 ml per second. Women range closer to 15 ml to 18 ml per second. A slow or low flow rate may mean there is an obstruction at the bladder neck or in the urethra, an enlarged prostate, or a weak bladder.

Typically, urine flow runs from 10 ml to 21 ml per second. Women range closer to 15 ml to 18 ml per second. A slow or low flow rate may mean there is an obstruction at the bladder neck or in the urethra, an enlarged prostate, or a weak bladder.

 

The urine flow rate is calculated by dividing the volume of the urine sample collected by the time duration between the previous urine void and the urine sample collection in the MEC.

The cost of a urine flow test depends on the test type, the number of panels, the purpose of testing, the number of tests needed, and who is mandating the test.

  • Keep yourself active. Lack of physical activity can make you retain urine.
  • Do Kegel exercises. Stand at or sit on the toilet and contract the muscle that allows you to stop and start the flow of pee.
  • Meditate. Nervousness and tension cause some men to urinate more often.
  • Try double voiding.

Treatment for urinary hesitancy depends on the cause, and may include:

  • Medicines to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
  • Antibiotics to treat any infection. Be sure to take all your medicines as directed.
  • Surgery to relieve a prostate blockage (TURP).
  • Procedure to dilate or cut scar tissue in the urethra.

Issues with weak urine flow will typically mean the bladder is not emptying properly. With BPH, this is because the enlarged prostate is blocking the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the penis.

Nine ways to induce urination.

  • Tapping the area between the navel and pubic bone.
  • Bending forward.
  • Placing a hand in warm water.
  • Running water.
  • Drinking while trying to urinate.
  • Trying the Valsalva maneuver.
  • Exercising.
  • Massaging the inner thigh.

When you are drinking enough fluids, your body is in balance and your urine will be a pale straw yellow color. When you have not drunk enough fluids your kidneys try to save as much water as they can and cause your urine to be darker in color (more concentrated).

This test is typically performed in a physician's office. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. There is no need to fast or adjust your normal food intake before the test. Your health care provider may ask you to temporarily stop taking some medications that can affect test results.

 

The test can measure abnormal contractions or spasms of your detrusor muscle (smooth muscle in the wall of the bladder) while the bladder is filling. While you might feel the catheter being inserted into the urethra, the test does not hurt. A catheter is a small and flexible tube.

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