What is urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the urinary tract in males and females and the reproductive tract in males. The organs under a urologist’s “domain” include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. These body parts produce, store and release urine. A male reproductive-tract urologist cares for the testes, epididymis (structures above and behind the testicle where sperm mature), vas deferens (sperm duct), seminal vesicles (structures that produce semen), prostate gland and scrotum and penis. These body parts produce, store and release reproductive fluids.
Urology is a balanced medical specialty that treats both men and women, from pediatric to geriatric. Unlike most physicians, Urologists are both medical doctors and surgeons, dividing their time between a busy office practice and the operating room. Although most Urologists are men, more and more women are entering the urological workforce.
Urologists are highly trained professionals who have completed four years of medical school and three years of residency training in urology. They also have extensive experience treating patients with urologic problems.
What is comprehensive urologic care?
Urologic care is a critical part of your overall health and well-being. Comprehensive urologic care for men and women is the treatment of disorders of the urinary tract, reproductive system, and prostate gland.
Here are the common reasons for a visit to a urologist:
- Urinary problems – Urinary tract infections, frequency and urgency
- Genitourinary issues – Enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain
- Kidney stones – Kidney stones, bladder cancer, UTIs
- Elevated PSA
- Urologic cancers
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Blood in urine