What Exactly is a Urologist?
Urologists are medical doctors who specialize in the practice of urology, the science dealing with the urine and diseases of the urogenital organs.
How do I Find a Urologist?
♠ Your primary care physician can refer you to a Urologist.
♠ Your insurance carrier can find a Urologists that’s in-network.
♠ Ask family or friends.
What can I Expect on my first Visit?
You will be asked to complete new patient paperwork. The urologist will ask you to describe your symptoms, their severity and frequency. In preparation for your initial visit to the urologist you should -
♠ Make a note of your symptoms
• What types of symptoms are you experiencing?
• How long have you noticed them?
• How frequently do you get up at night?
• Are your symptoms affecting your lifestyle?
♠ Bring your AUA Symptom Score
♠ List any medications you are currently using
♠ Make notes of your goals for the treatment
♠ List any questions you’d like to ask the Urologist during your visit.
Remember to take notes during your visit and ask for patient information brochures. It is important that you completely understand your health concerns and all the available medical treatment options. You may also want to bring along a loved one or friend to help you collect information and ask questions during your visit.
What Test will the Urologist Administer?
Your urologist may run some or all of these tests -
♠ A Physical Exam, including a digital rectal exam
♠ A Urine Analysis and Urine Culture
♠ A Uroflowmetry
♠ An Ultrasound- creates a visual image of the size and structure of internal organs
♠ A Cystourethroscopy
♠ A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
Your doctor may need to do some additional tests to better understand your specific condition, including any factors that may be caused by, or are related to, your enlarged prostate.
You may want to have a discussion with your physician around the various treatment alternatives and the next steps most appropriate for you. Your review of enlarged prostate, the different treatment options available and knowing your goals for your treatment can help this discussion. Discuss with your physician what tests are required for you.