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What Does A Urologist Doctor Treat?
A urologist is a doctor who specializes in the urinary tract and male reproductive system. If a patient’s doctor suspects they need treatment for a condition involving the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, or adrenal glands, they may be referred to a urologist. Urologists treat problems with the epididymis, penis, prostate, seminal vesicles, and testes.
The most common diseases and disorders that a urologist may treat include:
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. Potential prostate cancer symptoms include a dull pain in the lower pelvic area, frequent or painful urination, and blood in the urine or sperm. A urologist will use a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen test to diagnose prostate cancer (PSA).
The most common sex-related issue affecting men is erectile dysfunction (ED), which is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain a firm enough erection for sex. Erectile dysfunction is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the penis but can also be affected by physical and emotional factors.
You should address erectile dysfunction if it is impacting your well-being or relationship. A urologist can treat erectile dysfunction through:
- Prescription drugs
- External vacuum devices
- Surgical procedures
Infertility affects about one out of every six couples attempting to start a family and involves a couple that cannot conceive after having regular, unprotected sex for a year or more. Male infertility may be caused by a lack of sperm production, irregular sperm function, or sperm delivery blockages. A urologist will determine the cause of male infertility and then recommend treatment options based on the diagnosis.
Urinary incontinence is the inability to regulate one’s bladder, which can affect both men and women. Urinary incontinence can range in severity from mild urine leakage when you cough or sneeze to a sudden and intense urge to urinate that you can’t get to the toilet in time.
Wearing absorbent items such as pads or adult diapers can be a temporary solution to incontinence. Furthermore, a urologist may treat this disorder in various ways, from physical therapy to drugs to surgery.
When bacteria enter your urine and flow up to your bladder, you get a UTI. UTIs are extremely common, affecting about 40% of women and 12% of men at some stage in their lives.
Painful or burning urination, a constant need to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, and abdominal pain are signs of a UTI. UTIs are quickly treated with antibiotics, but you should see a urologist to rule out any more severe medical issues if you have any symptoms.
Other conditions and illnesses treated by a urologist include Kidney Stones, Prostatitis, and some forms of cancer affecting the kidney and bladder.
These are only a few of the many conditions a urologist treats. Besides, you don’t even have to suffer a medical condition to see a urologist. It’s advisable to schedule regular annual physical exams to assess the health of your urinary tract. For more information on what a urologist treats, contact Dr. Lazare Urology Center today.Back to Blogs