If you are suffering from any conditions or symptoms relating to your bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, or genitourinary system, a urologist can help you. We see patients for things like male infertility, kidney stones, cancer treatment, and more. Your primary doctor might refer you to a urologist for specialized care.
In general, all urologists complete four years of medical school and a minimum of two years of general surgical training. This is followed by four years of training specifically in the urology specialty. Our physicians in particular place focus on continuing medical education and research.
Prior to every treatment or procedure that you have under our care, your doctor will provide you with a full explanation so that you know what to expect. We work hard to make sure that our procedures are performed with innovative techniques that make our patients as comfortable as possible.
Not all problems with your urological system can be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk of some conditions by living a healthy lifestyle. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, exercising often, avoiding tobacco, and watching your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Before every procedure, we will help you understand your coverage, deductibles, and all out-of-pocket expenses.
Urodynamics refers to the mechanisms of the urinary tract. Testing may be performed to determine how these systems are all working together: bladder functioning, urethra functioning, and voiding of urine.
This can actually vary from one person to the next. However, in general, most healthy individuals urinate four to eight times per day. Going less or more frequently could point to a urological problem, or it could mean that you need to change your water intake.
Blood in the urine can be the result of an infection. It can also point to a more serious condition. In some cases, coloring that appears after eating some foods (beets and rhubarb, for example) can be mistaken for blood. Overall, it is important to seek medical care to determine the cause.
Your doctor will give you thorough instructions prior to your surgery, so that you feel prepared and comfortable. The instructions will depend on the exact treatment that you are having. It is not uncommon to be asked to avoid certain medications or to fast prior to a surgery.
In most cases, you should start having a prostate cancer screening at age 50. However, if you are at increased risk or have a family history of prostate cancer, screening may start at age 40.