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What is urotherapy?

Urotherapy is a way of collecting information about how your bladder (the balloon that collects the wee) is working.

Why do you need it?

You might need urotherapy if you have bladder problems such as:

  • wetting
  • going to the toilet frequently
  • needing to go urgently
  • do not empty your bladder properly

Urotherapy can help us to understand what might be happening. This information can help us to decide what to do about it to try to make things better for you.

How long does the test take?

Urotherapy can take from 4 to 6 hours depending on how long it takes you to fill up your bladder.

What does urotherapy involve?

Urotherapy involves putting a small alarm into your pants which buzzes and alarms if you start to wee. You will then go to the toilet when you feel you need to wee, or if the alarm goes off. Whichever comes first.

You will then wee in a special toilet that shows us what is happening.

You can shut the door, we do not need to watch you wee. Your parent or carer can come in with you if you want.

After you have had a wee, you will have some jelly put on your tummy and a scan to see if your bladder is empty.

The alarm will be put back into your pants and we start again. We need to do all of this a few times to get a good picture of what is happening with your bladder over the day.

You will also need to drink regularly every 2 hours. You can bring your own drinks with you if you want and things to eat.

You will not be able to go off the ward area in case you suddenly need to go for a wee and you cannot get back in time.

What happens when urotherapy is finished?

The alarm will be taken out of your pants and the results will be explained to you and parent or carer, and a plan made for what to do next. Then you can go home.

How soon will I get an appointment?

The appointments for Urotherapy are in demand especially because they take most of the day, so if you miss your appointment we will not automatically arrange another.

If there is a problem with the date or time and you cannot make your appointment, please cancel with plenty of time and someone else can then have your slot.

To change or cancel an appointment, contact the booking clerk on 0114 226 0624.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the specialist nurses on 0114 226 0502.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: URO15

Resource Type: Article

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