What to Ask When Interviewing a Potential Urologist
If you need a medical specialist, such as a urologist, for a particular treatment or screening test, do you know how to find one? One of the most effective things you can do when selecting a physician is to schedule a consultation or initial appointment. During this appointment, you get a chance to meet the physician, learn about their experience, and get a feel of their office environment and staff.
During your consultation, it’s important to talk freely and openly to fully understand whether you and the doctor are a good fit or not. Here are questions you should ask when interviewing a urologist during your consultation.
What is your approach to treating a patient who comes in with a health problem?
When a patient visits a urologist, the first step should always be to establish a correct diagnosis. An expert urologist will review the patient’s symptoms, medical history, and order diagnostic tests. All of this information will be used to come to the correct diagnosis. Once this is done, you can proceed to treatment.
An experienced doctor will always recommend conservative treatments prior to recommending invasive procedures. Many times, patients are able to feel better with conservative treatment. Surgery is only recommended for patients with severe conditions that are unresponsive to other treatments.
How many treatments do you offer?
This is also a great opportunity to inquire about the urologist’s services and treatments. A good urologist will have a variety of treatments to offer, including state-of-the-art treatments in the field of urology and men’s health, such as medications for low testosterone and erectile dysfunction, penile implants, water vapor therapy, vasectomy, artificial urinary sphincter, and urethral slings.
Where did you study, and how much experience do you have?
Your selected urologist should be willing to talk about their education and experience. Like anything else in the world, urologists come in every quality level. Some urologists are highly skilled with ample experience working with hundreds of patients, as well as being industry-renowned for their talent – others are not. When it comes to your health, you want the very best. Learn about the urologist’s background, how many years they have been in practice, and what type of conditions they spend most of their time diagnosing and treating.
Are you board-certified?
Always ask about board-certification when interviewing a physician. Board-certification means that a doctor meets the standards of education and skill set by the leading experts in the field. Not every physician is board-certified, but all quality, expert physicians are. When it comes to your health, you don’t want to settle for second best. This is why you should only select board-certified doctors for your care team.
The Finest Urological Care In Charlotte, NC
At Carolina Urology Partners, our board-certified urologist and men’s health specialist, Dr. Richard Natale, welcomes questions from all patients–including prospective ones. He and his staff will be happy to show you our comfortable, welcoming facility, explain billing and appointments, and, of course, answer questions pertinent to your condition and our diagnostic and treatment methods.
We want to make you feel comfortable, and offer you real help for a wide range of genito-urinary issues. Please call us today for an appointment: (704) 786-5131, or request your consultation online. We look forward to serving you soon.