Is this your first time at a urology clinic? Are you curious about what to expect when you visit a urology clinic for the first time? You might be feeling a little bit anxious. Don’t worry—we totally get it.
For those wondering (or worried) about what to expect when you visit a urology office, first and foremost it is important to understand what urologists do.
What is a urologist?
Urology is an important part of your overall health care. Urologists are doctors who treat conditions of the urinary tract system of both men and women and the male reproductive system. These conditions include kidney stones, prostate enlargement, and erectile dysfunction. Urologists can also diagnose and treat problems with urine flow in women and men. They can also perform certain surgeries like prostatectomy, which involves removing the prostate gland from the male reproductive system.
When to see a urologist?
To see a urologist is to get an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for any medical condition that affects the urinary system as well as the men’s reproductive system. The most common reasons men visit a urologist are:
- To find out if you have a disease, such as bladder cancer (cancer of the bladder).
- If you have symptoms of bladder cancer, such as blood in your urine or pain when urinating.
- Identify and treat urinary tract infections, which include bladder infections and kidney infections.
- To identify and treat problems with the male reproductive system, including erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, and infertility.
- Kidney stones and kidney infections, can cause pain in the lower back, abdomen, or groin area.
What are the typical things you can expect during an appointment with a urologist?
- A urine sample will be analyzed to check for infection or other problems. So please don’t arrive at the office with an empty bladder.
- A physical examination, including an examination of the genitals and rectum (for men)
- Review your medical history and symptoms. You will enter a private exam room, and you will be asked about any history of medical issues. You will also be asked about your medications, what they are for, and how often you take them.
Staff may ask you some questions to check your general health, such as whether you have any abdominal pain or discomfort.
The urologist may also perform a physical examination during the visit, which could include an abdominal examination, scrotal examination, penile inspection and palpation of the prostate (if necessary), per rectal palpation (if necessary), rectal examination (if necessary), or other tests that might help determine the cause of your symptoms.
- Following the exam, the urologist will discuss your test results with you and determine a treatment plan. This may include additional tests at this visit or during a later visit.
- The urologist may recommend an ambulatory, office-based procedure. Cystoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that examines the bladder, and urodynamics, which assesses bladder functionality for patients who have incontinence, are two examples of procedures performed during these visits. Some patients might need a biopsy.
Don’t forget to bring any records from your primary care doctor or previous visits to other specialists when you come in for your appointment. This will help us get a better sense of what’s going on with your body so we can come up with the best treatment plan for you.
Desert Sky Urology
Desert Sky Urology is proud to offer a wide range of men’s urology services to help our patients maintain healthy, happy lives. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care in a compassionate, caring environment. Visit out website www.desertskyurology.com to book an appointment.