What does a urologist do?
A urologist is a medical doctor who specializes in conditions that affect the urinary tract in both men and women. They also treat conditions involving reproductive organs and adrenal glands. These conditions may range from peeing too much or too little, to diseases that affect the men’s reproductive system or even cancer. A urologist can diagnose and treat many kinds of urological issues.
What is included in the urinary tract?
The urinary system helps filter wastes and toxins out of the body. The urinary tract includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra.
What conditions do urologists treat?
- Kidney stones
- Leaking bladder
- Urinary tract infections
- Blood in the urine
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male and Female Incontinence
- Male infertility
- Urologic cancers
- Annual prostate checks and vasectomies
- Enlarged prostate
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Peyronie’s disease
Some conditions can be treated with prescription medications, while others may require surgery. It’s important to speak with your health care provider to discuss your treatment options.
When should you see a urologist?
If you have any of the following health issues, you should schedule an appointment with a urologist or with your primary care provider.
- Trouble urinating, including getting started or having a strong flow of urine
- Pain while urinating
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Changes in urination pattern, like frequently urinating or even feeling like you have to urinate frequently
- Pelvic pain
- Urinating when you sneeze, laugh or exercise
- Trouble getting or maintaining an erection
There's nothing embarrassing about a urinary condition
If you think you need care for urinary or reproductive conditions (or even cancer) there's no need to be embarrassed. In fact, urologists have many years of education and training in this field and are very comfortable talking with patients about their concerns. Urology health conditions are common and it’s important to know there are often treatment options available to patients when they fully discuss their concerns. When you are open and honest with your healthcare provider about your symptoms, they are more likely to be able to better diagnose and treat the problem. It's important to work together when making healthcare treatment decisions.
To make an appointment with one of our Urologists, call 618-244-6710.
When should you go to the ER for Urology?
If you have lower abdominal pain that is unbearable, you should call 9-1-1 or get to an Emergency Room. Additional factors to consider are a fever, blood in your urine and weak stream or unable to urinate, when deciding to go the ER