Urology focuses on problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive system. Treatment from a urologist may address issues of the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys and adrenal glands along with the epididymis, penis, prostate, seminal vesicles, and testes specifically in men.
What can I see a Urologist for?
Urologists see both male and female patients of all ages. In addition to special circumstances and diagnoses, there are many common reasons to see a urologist: bladder prolapse, incontinence, BPH, elevated PSA, hematuria, enuresis, hypogonadism, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, vasectomy, circumcision, in-office microwave thermotherapy of prostate, in-office urodynamics, in-office prostate and bladder biopsies, and more.
Urology care will always include consultation, and sometimes a physical exam. Urological issues may necessitate blood work, ultrasound, or other types of testing. Some conditions may require medications, procedures, surgery, and/or other follow-up care as part of the treatment plan.
Referrals may be required
Patients may choose to seek care from a urologist on their own or they may be referred by other primary care providers or specialists. In most cases, it is best to visit a general practitioner first as your primary care provider will first gain a good understanding of medical concerns and help direct you to the proper specialist. For certain ailments, concerns, procedures, or problems, some patients may bypass a visit with primary care and visit urology first. It is important to consider insurance requirements (referrals, second opinions, optional procedures, etc.) when consulting with a urologist.
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