A urologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating issues of the urinary tract and the reproductive system, especially in men. Urologists help patients with various health issues such as pain when urinating, sexual problems, prostate issues, and incontinence.
In the United States, it is estimated that 70% of people with a urinary tract infection (UTI) do not seek a medical evaluation or treatment by a urologist or other physician. This results in an undiagnosed illness and can lead to serious abdominal issues, including infections and bladder cancer.
Your First Urology Appointment
If you think you may have a urinary tract infection or you are experiencing sexual issues, it is best to seek a medical evaluation from a trusted urologist. Visiting a urologist for the first time can be a bit nerve-wracking, but knowing what to expect can help it seem less daunting.
Here are some things you can expect during your first visit:
The urologist will ask you to provide a urine sample to evaluate certain things that can be indicated in the urine, such as a urinary tract infection or blood in the urine. When you visit the doctor’s office, don’t go to the office with an empty bladder.
If you have a hard time holding your urine in, it is best to inform the office staff immediately when you arrive so they can have you provide the urine sample right away. You may go back to the waiting room when you’re done.
Each visit with the urologist will entail that you answer a few questions about your medical condition. Be sure to answer those questions with all honesty – do not be embarrassed about anything.
For your first appointment, the doctor will ask you about your own medical history and that of your immediate family members (siblings and parents). Physicians always look for trends and susceptibilities.
The doctor will perform a physical exam. This will include a digital rectal exam (DRE) to assess the health of your prostate, such as checking for an enlarged prostate (BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia).
In this case “digital” refers to the physician’s fingers so they can feel for any lumps in the rectum or prostate. Every man should have this manual test performed regularly, similarly to how women should have a regular Pap smear test to ensure their good health.
Another key test that your urologist will perform is the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. This is done with a simple blood test.
Your PSA number can indicate the presence of prostate cancer, because a man’s body manufactures prostate-specific antigens to fight off prostate problems. This number can help your doctor know your risk factors and potentially plan any necessary steps needed. If the number is high, the urologist may want further scans or tests to check for cancer or infections.
Experienced Urologist in Mesa, Arizona
The first step in maintaining excellent urological health is finding a top-notch urologist. This physician should have years of experience and success treating people for urinary issues of all kinds.
Here at Urologic Surgeons of Arizona, our goal is to provide the best urological care and treatment to patients facing urological and men’s health issues – whether cancer, kidney stones, sexual issues, or urinary incontinence. So if you are looking for an experienced urologist, contact us today.
Call us at (480) 409-5060 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alvi, or fill out our online form to request a consultation. We look forward to seeing you.