Tips & Advice
How much does a urology appointment cost?
There is no set cost on a urology appointment, and some start at $100 and can go up. Rates vary with each doctor and office and by services rendered. When asking a physician, find out if lab work is included in a quoted cost or is extra.
Prostate cancer is cancer of the male’s prostate gland – the glands associated with reproduction. It is one of the most common cancers in men. If diagnosed early, it is also one of the most treatable.
Is it necessary to get a referral to see a urologist?
Some insurance plans require a referral from a primary doctor if you want them to cover the costs. For other insurance plans, it is not necessary to get a referral to see a urologist.
What tests do urologists provide?
A urologist provides a variety of tests, starting with the testing of blood and urine samples that provide information not available in a physical exam. In men, they test for PSAs (a prostate-specific antigen) in the prostate, blood counts and kidney function. Additional image testing or (sonography) of the kidney, bladder, and prostate might be needed. A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine and test the lower urinary tract (bladder etc.) for cancer. Organ and prostate biopsies, renal angiograms, and urine flow tests are also common tests readily available.
What does a urology exam entail?
A urology exam will depend on your specific condition. You can expect the standard paperwork plus a questionnaire that asks about your symptoms. You will very likely be giving a urine sample and exam is typical. The rest of the exam will depend on whether you are male or female, and what your specific needs are. Rectal (and prostate exam and/or tests for men), blood tests, imaging of organs, and other tests might be needed based on the diagnosis.
When should someone see a urologist?
Men should see a urologist if they suffer from erectile dysfunction, discover blood in their urine, experience testicular pain or discomfort, notice a decreased sexual desire, or have and infertility issues. It’s strongly recommended that men who are 40, an age susceptible to prostate cancer, see a urologist regularly. Women should see a urologist for urinary tract infections and any related pain or discomfort issues.
Kidney stones are small stone-like deposits made from mineral and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. The stones form when minerals crystallize and bond when urine becomes overly concentrated. They can affect your tract from the kidneys to your bladder and can be painful.
What is a urology clinic?
A urology clinic is a medical facility that specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions relating to the urinary tract in men and women and the reproductive tract in men.
What are the most common conditions treated by a urologist?
The most common conditions treated by urologists include prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular cancers, blood in the urine, erectile dysfunction, prostatitis, incontinence, urinary tract infections;overactive bladder, enlarged prostate, and kidney stones.
Urologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating urinary tract diseases in men and women, and diagnosing and treating the reproductive tract in men.