A urologist is a specialist medical provider that diagnoses, treats, and monitors medical conditions affecting the urinary tract and the external genital organs. Conditions which affect your kidneys, bladder, prostate, and urethra will often be referred for treatment to a urologist. Some of the common ailments and conditions treated by a urologist include kidney stones, an enlarged prostate, infertility, cancer, incontinence, and urinary tract infections.
Scheduling your first appointment with a urologist can be a bit intimidating due to the nature of your injury or illness. If your primary doctor refers you to a urologist, it is important however to schedule an appointment and stick with it. When you arrive at your first appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient paperwork that discusses your medical history as well as your present symptoms. Upon first meeting with the urologist, you will further need to explain your present medical condition including symptoms and their frequency. Be sure to bring a list of any medications you are presently taking including the dosage so your doctor will be familiar with your full medical condition.
Depending on your condition, you may be asked to undergo one or more tests in the office including a urine analysis, a digital rectal exam, a prostate exam, a cystourethroscopy which measures the amount of pressure and storage capabilities of your bladder, or an ultrasound. Additional tests may need to be conducted at a later appointment pending the results of the first tests.
You may be prescribed medication for pain or to treat your existing condition and it is important to follow through with the urologist’s recommendations. It is also important to come back to follow up appointments so the urologist can continue to monitor your condition.