When Should You See a Urologist?
Taking responsibility of your health can be a daunting task at the beginning, but it is a must to keep your body and mind in balance. Several occasions exist in which a general practitioner cannot help and a Urologist may be needed.
Urologists are specialists who treat urological conditions relating to bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, adrenal glands and the male reproductive system. They can diagnose conditions such as urinary tract infections, male infertility and many more, after determining the level of severity and offer possible treatment options.
Urology Areas of Focus:
The areas of focus in urology include:
- Pediatric Urology (children)
- Urinary tract stone (bladder, urethra and kidney)
- Female Urology
- Urologic oncology (cancer)
- Neurourology (nerves)
- Male infertility (Andrology)
- Renal transplantation (bladder or kidney)
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
Signs Or Symptoms That Needs A Urologist
The following are a few signs and symptoms that should not be neglected and should be brought to the attention of urologist as soon as possible:
Urinary Tract Infection:
Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is an infection of the urinary system that arises when bacteria travels from the urethra into the urinary tract, bladder or kidney. It can infect any part of the urinary system which includes kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. It is more common in women.
The common symptoms of a UTI are pain while passing urine, incontinence, increased frequency of passing urine, inability to control the urge to pass urine and passing blood in urine. Most urinary tracts infections can be treated with antibiotics, but if your symptoms don’t improve with antibiotics, then it’s the time to see a urologist.
Leaking Urine or Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control which makes you leak a small amount or release a large amount of urine all at once. It is of 2 types: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. It occurs when the bladder muscles tighten, and the sphincter muscles lose the ability to pinch the urethra shut. Leaking Urine may also happen during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
If you have urinary incontinence, make an appointment with your healthcare provider who can refer you to a Urologist. He/she helps you to manage symptoms of urinary incontinence and get them under control.
Small mineral and acid deposits in the kidneys can also pass through into the ureters. This kidney stones can affect urination and are mostly marked by severe pain and blood in the urine. Consult a Urologist, if you have any of these kidney stone symptoms.
Urologists will also treat cancers related to the urological or male reproductive system. The cancers affecting the urinary system or the male reproductive system include bladder cancer, prostate cancer and testicular cancer, to name a few.
Blood In Urine:
Blood in the urine can be a result of different conditions. It is one of the most common symptoms of UTIs, kidney stones or cancer. This condition should not be neglected and should be brought immediately to the attention of a doctor.
Prostate Related Issues
An enlarged prostate causes difficulty in urination and urge to urinate, thus affecting the overall quality of life of an individual. This frequent urination (especially at night) is a common sign for both diabetes and enlarged prostate. A urologist would be able help you determine the right treatment.
Urology is a broad medical field and overlaps with other medical branches such as gynaecology, andrology, pediatric surgery, oncology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology. Meet a urologist, if you are facing any of the issues mentioned above.
Don’t neglect the problems related to the urinary tract or reproductive organs. To find a urologist, go to your primary physician he may refer you to the urologist. In some instances, urologists require you to bring the referral forms from the primary physicians. Pick the best urologist to check out all your problems.
About The Hospital:
Since the inception of Premier Hospital in 1991 till today, we have grown to unprecedented levels, due to our excellence in medical sciences and healthcare. Premier Hospital is the creation of Dr Mahesh Marda and when it was first established, was only a small, 30-bed hospital facility. Back then, we provided only secondary care to patients, but that certainly has changed in the present landscape.
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