While the first option for most people with bladder issues would be to start with their family doctor, a urologist could be a great next step for someone seeking more advanced treatment options. Below is a summary of what urologists do, when to visit them, what disorders they treat and more.
What Is a Urologist?
A urologist is a healthcare professional that treats diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. They can also treat a man’s reproductive system so that it can begin to function normally. Many urologists are capable of treating almost all conditions, while some may choose to specialize in a specific field – pediatrics, a specific gender, oncology or neurological conditions.
Urologists must undergo four years of college and spend four years in medical schooling, after which they must undergo another 4-5 years in a residency program before starting urology as a career.
What Conditions Can a Urologist Treat?
Some common conditions include bed wetting, incontinence, prolapse, cancer (kidney, bladder, testicular etc.) and prostate health (prostate cancer, BPH). Other conditions treated include infertility disorders, urinary tract infections, Peyronie’s disease, kidney stones and erectile dysfunction (men).
Therefore, it’s important you see our urologist in Lufkin if you experience signs or symptoms such as blood in the urine, prolapse, bladder leakage, problems with emptying your bladder or painful urination. You may also consult with a urologist if you experience weak urine flow, pain in the pelvis, lower back or sides, or any sexual-function abnormalities. Men in particular should make sure they undergo prostate health exams.
Treatment will usually begin by conducting various exams to analyze and diagnose the underlying symptoms and discussing your options. Our specialist will decide on the best treatment plan for you depending on your situation.
What Should You Expect During Your Urology Exam?
First, we will get to know you and ask for your complete medical history, including some of the symptoms or concerns you’re having and a list of all medications you’re taking. Second, our urologist will also likely ask you for a urine sample. After that, a physical check-up will follow in order to allow us to examine your condition more closely and perform other general health checks deemed important.