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A 39-year-old female asked:

how can i find out if my back problems are causing my detrusor instability? i have had three lumbar fusions. i started urinating 14 times a day after my last back surgery which was an alif. i am taking oxybutynin for frequency now but how can i be sure it

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Urologist: It sounds like you are having urinary frequency, but not necessarily incontinence. The first thing should be a full evaluation by a urologist and I am sure that he will perform urodynamic tests. Additionally an evaluation by a neurologist may also be necessary accompanied by an EMG & ncs.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
See a urologist: See a urologist for an evaluation as this is also conmon in girls with age especially after having kids
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not likely: It is not likely that having a lumbar fusion in and of itself would cause urinary frequency. There are many potential causes. Seeing a urologist, who might perform a test called a voiding cystometregram, can usually determine the cause. Thank you for your question.

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