You may need the services of a urologist if you’re suffering from a disease or injury to your urinary tract or associated organs. A urologist also helps men with infertility or other issues with their reproductive systems. The medical branch of urology covers a range of medical conditions, so urologists have to be well-versed in related medical specialties such as gynecology.
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A urologist is a physician who has studied, trained, and worked to diagnose and treat problems in the urinary tract and its related organs, including your:
- Adrenal glands;
The genitourinary system is also the urologist’s focus since it includes the male reproductive organs, including the testes, scrotum, spermatic ducts, and penis. A urology specialist treats men and women of any age, including children. Urology includes surgical treatment options, so unlike primary care physicians in Brooklyn, your urologist is a trained surgeon.
Urologists in Brooklyn
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Treating Common Urologic Conditions
You may develop a genitourinary problem at some point in your life. Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Urinary tract infection (UTI);
- Kidney stones;
- Bladder stones;
- Bladder infection;
- Overactive bladder;
- Blood in your urine;
- Leaking urine;
- Urinary incontinence.
In addition to the conditions above, urologists also treat male-specific conditions, including:
- Erectile dysfunction and other male sexual disorders;
- Infertility issues;
- Enlarged prostate;
- Prostate cancer;
- Testicular cancer;
- Painful bladder syndrome;
- An abnormal lump on your testes.
Children and infants sometimes have special needs that pediatric urologists can correct, such as:
- Blocked urine ducts in newborns;
- Bedwetting issues;
- Abnormal urine flow.
Consultation with a Urologist
Consult your urology specialist if you are experiencing strange symptoms. If you suspect you have a UTI or any other genitourinary problem, request a referral to Century Medical and Dental from your family practice doctor. The initial visit is a consultation, during which the doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam.
You may have to take some tests to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. These tests include:
- X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. These imaging tests can reveal the physical issues in your urinary system that are causing your symptoms.
- Uroflow test. A uroflow measures the volume and speed of urine you release during normal urination. It helps your specialist zero in on the cause of your problems.
- Urodynamic testing. Urodynamics examines your bladder and urethra to ensure they’re functioning properly. It points to causes of specific urinary tract issues, such as an overactive bladder.
- Cystoscopy. Your urologist can use this diagnostic procedure to see inside your urethra and bladder. This test examines the lining of the urinary tract.
- Ureteroscopy. The specialist uses this procedure to look inside your ureters and kidneys. The ureteroscope is longer and thinner than the cystoscope.
- Prostate tests. These include a digital rectal exam, a prostate-specific antigen blood test, and a biopsy to check the size or health of your prostate gland.
At Century Medical and Dental, you will receive the best urinary tract treatment available. When an underlying problem causes your symptoms, your urology specialist will work to resolve it. Blood in your urine, for example, could be caused by kidney stones, a UTI, or something more serious.
Each medical condition has its treatment. For example, if kidney stones are small enough, they’re usually left to pass on their own, but larger stones — they’re crystalline growths — may be bombarded with ultrasound waves to break them up, so they pass easier. Cancer, on the other hand, may be treated aggressively to stop it. Prostate cancer, however, grows slowly, allowing less invasive methods than surgery to treat it.
Other treatment options from your urologist may include:
- Antibiotics, as a first course of action for a UTI;
- Other medications, to improve your flow or achieve an erection;
- Lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet and losing weight;
- Bladder training or Kegel exercises;
- Hormone therapy;
- Vasectomy or vasectomy reversal;
- Radiation therapy for cancer;
- Surgery, as a last resort, to remove damaged or diseased tissue.
The Credentials of Your Brooklyn Urologist
A urologist in Brooklyn has had to study and practice for 13 years before being licensed. Your doctor has years of experience dealing with medical issues. Because of that experience, he shows compassion for sexual disorders, urinary incontinence problems, overactive bladders, and other personal conditions.
Before he started practicing, your urology specialist:
- Earned a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college;
- Earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from a four-year medical school;
- Completed a residency program, some of which last up to seven years;
- Optionally, specialized in pediatric urology or surgical urology;
- Became board certified by the American Board of Urology;
- Passed the exam given by the U.S. Medical Licensing Board;
- Obtained a license to practice from the State of New York.