How Much Does Urodynamic Testing Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

A urodynamic study, commonly referred to as a UDS, will test your bladder, the muscles around your bladder and the urethra to help determine urinary problems such as difficulty passing urine.

This study will be considered if all other tests are inconclusive or these treatments have failed, and ultimately, it will help determine why your muscles are squeezing or if your bladder’s capacity is normal.

 How much does urodynamic testing cost?

The cost of a test will depend on the choice of tests, the doctor and the type of incontinence.  Since it isn’t a single test, but a group, the costs will greatly vary depending on the combination being used.  The costs, from what we researched, could range anywhere from as little as $350 to more than $1,200 without insurance.  Those who had health insurance found their private health insurance company would cover 50 to 70 percent of the costs.

According to the ModernMedicine Network, they claimed urodynamic tests can add significant cost in an uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence.  The costs, which had chosen 630 women, considered the costs of this test only.  According to their findings, the total costs of a patient with Medicare coverage, depending on the study site, ranged from $350 to $375, while a private insurance company had paid anywhere from $600 to $1,000.

Urodynamic testing overview

The test, which can last up to 30 minutes, often done in the x-ray room of a doctor’s office, involves three small catheters that are inserted into your urethra and either the vagina or rectum.  Before these catheters are inserted, however, you will need to empty your bladder into what’s known as a flowmeter, a device to help measure the urine you pass.

Next, an ultrasound will be performed to see how empty the bladder is.  While lying down, two thin catheters are inserted into your bladder — one is used to fill up your bladder and the other will be used to measure the pressure.  A third catheter will be inserted into either your rectum or vagina to compare the pressure outside of your bladder.  Once in the correct position, fluids will pass through the first catheter to fill your bladder while recordings are being made.  During this time, you will answer questions in regards to how you feel during the test.

After the study/test, you will be able to leave the doctor’s office/hospital right away, and in most cases, your results will be available immediately.

As for the results, an abnormal result may be found if more than a normal amount of fluid remains in the bladder, even after urinating or when the bladder contains less fluid than what is considered normal when you have the urge to urinate.

The test, when everything is done, can take two to three hours to complete.

What are the extra costs?

All situations will be different, and because of this, your doctor may recommend additional testing to help determine the root of the issue.  These additional tests may include blood tests, scans and/or x-rays.  All of which won’t be included in the estimates mentioned above.

Depending on the results, your doctor will more than likely recommend a treatment course of action to help resolve your bladder-related problem.

Tips to know:

If you are taking any medication, your doctor may advise you stop taking it for up to a week prior to the test.

The side effects of a urodynamic test, while deemed generally safe, can still exist.  You may experience some discomfort where the catheter was inserted or a mild sensation while urinating.  One in 100 women will also develop a urinary tract infection after the test, but can be prevented if you drink a lot of fluids 24 to 48 hours after.

How can I save money?

If at all possible, avoid using a hospital and highly consider using either a freestanding medical facility or doctor’s office.

Always check with your health insurance company before booking an appointment.  As long as it’s deemed medically necessary, your insurance will cover it and you will only be responsible for your co-pays/deductibles.


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