Urologists treat diseases and conditions affecting the male and female urinary tract, which includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra, as well as the male organs (penis, testes, prostate, and scrotum). Because clear communication can make such a difference when seeing a specialist, we’ve prepared a helpful list of questions to help prepare you or a loved one for an appointment with a urologist.
We also suggest that patients sit down and make a list of medications and symptoms a few days before your appointment. A WRITTEN LIST is so helpful because it’s easy to forget things in the hustle and bustle of getting to a doctor’s appointment, and having it right in front of you will be so helpful for filling out forms, and speaking to the nurse, and then the doctor.
Symptoms are usually the number one thing to discuss at an initial appointment, and this is the one subject that requires the most thought ahead of time. It’s helpful to provide your urologist with as much specific information as possible. Are your symptoms worse at different times of day? Are there times when you are symptom free? How frequently do symptoms occur, and what have you tried so far to eliminate the symptoms? Unfortunately, very often by the time patients seek medical treatment, there are symptoms which may indicate that there is a problem, so the more specifics you can provide, the better your physician can diagnose and recommend tests.
If you are bringing a loved one to see the urologist, ask about symptoms in as relaxed and as businesslike a manner as possible, to help keep your loved one from feeling embarrassed or confused. This can be especially difficult for children caring for aging parents, so you may even ask them to make a list of symptoms and write down the details themselves. Once you’ve got your list, asking the following follow up questions will be helpful.
10 Questions to Ask Your Urologist
- My symptoms are __________. What can I do to alleviate these symptoms?
- What kind of tests will you do? What can I do to prepare for testing?
- What are you testing for? How soon will you have results?
- Can you please explain my diagnosis in layman’s terms?
- What could have caused this diagnosis?
- Are there diet or lifestyle changes I should make?
- What are my treatment options?
- Are there side effects following treatment or medication?
- How serious is my diagnosis?
- When should I follow up with you?
It’s also helpful to bring paper and a pen with you when you see your specialist, so you can make notes or schedule follow up appointments. Urologists often coordinate patient care with primary care physicians and other specialists to treat a wide variety of conditions including kidney, bladder, and urinary tract disorders, infertility, sexual dysfunction, and cancer.
Urologic Surgeons of Arizona’s Dr. Kashif Alvi is a board certified, Harvard trained urologist with advanced expertise in minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery. As one of the leading urologists in the Arizona area, Dr. Alvi treats a wide variety of urologic conditions, including both men’s health and women’s health conditions.
Dr. Kashif Alvi is also a leading expert in diagnosing and treating urological cancers, and he offers highly specialized treatments for a variety of urologic disorders including BPH, enlarged prostate, incontinence, and overactive bladder. To learn more about the conditions Dr. Alvi treats or to schedule an appointment, call Urologic Surgeons of Arizona at (480) 409-5060, or request an appointment online.