Things to Ask Urologists Before Surgery
Most urologists focus on men’s health, which includes everything from prostate health to sexual health to urinary issues. Urologists often perform surgery to correct Peyronie’s disease, to perform penile implants, and help with stress urinary incontinence.
If you are having a surgical procedure performed by your urologist, you will surely have a few questions. The whole thing may seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had surgery before.
Let’s go over some questions you may want to ask your urologist before having various types of surgery, and where you can go in Charlotte, Mint Hill, and Concord to see a world-class urologist who has many years of successful experience treating men’s health issues.
What Is Done to Correct Peyronie’s Disease?
The issue in Peyronie’s disease is that scar tissue has built up inside the penis, and this scar tissue is actually pulling the skin of the penis inward. Thus the curvature. The scarring may have been caused by a sports injury or other kind of trauma.
In surgery to fix Peyronie’s disease, the urologist will remove the scar tissue. Urologists have special ways to help prevent scar tissue from building up again after the surgery, and the doctor will give you some tips about how you can avoid it from happening again in the future.
How Does Penile Implant Surgery Work?
If you have ED (erectile dysfunction) that is not responding to conservative treatments such as medication, a penile implant is your best solution. Your penile implant surgery will depend on whether you are having rods inserted in your penis or whether you are having an inflatable pump.
A rod penile implant maintains a constant erection, and you can manually move it to the side when you are not ready to urinate or to have sex. The rods are surgically inserted into your penis during the surgery.
A penile pump involves pumping liquid solution into the reservoir to achieve a natural-feeling erection. The pump, cylinders, and reservoir will all be surgically inserted.
You and your urologist can discuss which type of penile implant would be preferable for you – every man is different and has different preferences and tolerances.
What Can Be Done for Stress Urinary Incontinence?
In men who have mild urinary incontinence, your urologist may recommend having a sling surgically implanted. The doctor may insert mesh to help provide extra support to the urethra, enabling greater bladder control.
For more severe urinary incontinence, the urologist may recommend an artificial sphincter. This essentially gives you manual control of your bladder.
Ask your urologist about which solution would work best in your case, and ask the doctor to explain exactly how it would work for you. Medical technology is constantly evolving, and there may be something new on the horizon.
Urologist for Men’s Health in Charlotte and Concord, NC
Every surgeon knows to provide preparation instructions and maintenance tips to a patient before and after surgery, but patients should know that they are ultimately in control of their own bodies. Feel free to ask any and all questions you have about an operation, including about any side effects and when you can resume certain activities, including sexual activity.
Dr. Richard Natale has decades of experience treating men’s health issues, and he is renowned for his ability to explain everything well and to treat each patient as an individual. Plus, his patients report consistently excellent results.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Natale, call our friendly staff today at (704) 786-5131 or fill out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner!