Questions to Ask Your Urologist
Today, there is a whole field focused on the health of the urinary system, called urology. Urologists also diagnose, treat and monitor disorders of the urinary tract and the external genital organs, which can include kidney, ureter, urethra, bladder, and prostate issues. They also perform surgery if necessary, such as procedures performed on the adrenal glands (which sit on top of your kidneys). You may need to see a urologist for several reasons. Some common disorders treated by urologists include:
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Urinary incontinence; overactive bladder
- Interstitial cystitis
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney stones
- Male and female infertility
- Sexual dysfunction (male or female)
- Cancers throughout the urinary tract (kidney, bladder, prostate, and testicular cancers)
Clear communication with your urologist is one of the key factors to a successful treatment outcome. Here at Charlotte Men’s Health, we encourage our clients to prepare a set of questions before their consultation. One does not have to fully adhere to the checklist below, but it pays to have a guide that will help you better understand your condition and treatment plan.
1. How serious is my condition?
2. Please describe my condition in a non-medical language.
3. What kind of tests will I need?
4. What are my treatment options?
5. Why do I need such tests and/or treatments?
6. What will most likely happen after the treatment?
7. Do I need to regularly see you for check-ups?
8. Are there habits that I need to quit or limit?
9. What were the possible factors that led to my condition?
While urology is its own medical specialty, there are additional subspecialties within it. So, you should not be surprised if your urologist sends you to another colleague in his field who has training that’s more aligned with your specific problem. In addition, depending on your health issue, your urologist may need to work in conjunction with a doctor from an entirely different medical specialty to coordinate your care.
To understand your condition better, call Charlotte Men’s Health at (704) 786-5131 to request an appointment with Dr. Richard Natale.