Urology is a branch of medicine that concerns itself with the health of multiple organs in the body connected with the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and, in men, the prostate, penis, and testicles. Urologists are highly trained, specialist physicians who treat one or more serious diseases of the urinary system, which may include cancers of the bladder, the prostate, or the testicles, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, erectile dysfunction, and other problems.
Because Urologists are specialists, not general practitioners, your GP will likely be the one to make the referral to one if you are suffering—or suspect that you’re suffering—from a disease of the urinary tract. This is a good move, because urologists are in an excellent position to help you, for the following reasons:
Problems in the urinary tract may signify serious underlying conditions. The scope of diseases covered in the field of urology includes some very serious, life-threatening diseases, including cancer, where early detection and treatment is important. A good urologist will be able to perform exactly the kind of diagnostics required to either rule out such a condition, or to precisely identify it so that it can be effectively treated.
Urologists have a broad scope of medical knowledge. While urologists are classified as “specialists,” a good urologist will have broad knowledge of all the factors that can contribute to urinary tract health, allowing him or her to offer a holistic view. Having a good grasp of how all the urinary system components work together can be very important in terms of being able to accurately identify the specific problem(s) you are experiencing in order to design an appropriate treatment plan.
Urologists will know about the latest treatments. Advancements in urology are rapid and many, and a good urologist will be able to identify the latest, best, minimally-invasive treatment methods to address the problem you’re suffering from. Such methods include robotic and laser-assisted surgery, the most recently-approved, most effective medications, and other advanced treatment options.
Urologists are familiar with urinary incontinence issues. All issues related to the bladder are in the urologist’s wheelhouse. A good urologist will be able to identify the precise causes responsible for any urinary incontinence issues you’re experiencing and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Additionally, a urologist will effectively treat urinary incontinence issues experienced after prostate surgery, and make general recommendations about helpful products you can buy, for example, incontinence briefs for men, and panties for women, waterproof reusable underpads, disposable pads and liners, and other items that can address the immediate effects of any urinary incontinence issues you might be experiencing, such as those made by Salk.