1. Who is a urologist?
A urologist is a doctor specially trained in and who treats diseases of the urinary tract in both males and females. Urologists may also treat diseases of the male reproductive system.
2. What diseases can urologists treat?
Urologists commonly treat diseases such as urinary tract infections (UTI), cystistis, urinary incontinence, bladder stones, kidney stones,cancers, prostate enlargements, scrotal diseases. etc.
3. What is the difference between an urologist and a nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a medical physician who specially treats complex diseases that affect the kidneys such as nephritis, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease, and acute and chronic kidney failure. An urologist treats the urinary tract system in both men and women.
4. When should I visit a urologist?
One should visit a urologist if there are symptoms such as burning and pain during urination, presence of blood in urine, pain in abdomen, incontinence or repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs).
5. Can a urologist treat diseases of the female reproductive system?
Urologists can treat common illnesses in females such as urinary tract infections, bladder inflammations, prolapse and cancers. For conditions related to uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, they are referred to a gynecologist.
Physicians who are specialized in diagnosing and treating medical conditions & diseases of urinary tract and male reproductive system are Urologists. Generally, Urologists treat diseases of bladder, urethra, uterus, kidneys, and adrenal glands.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Urologist:
Every man and woman should consult or visit Urologists regularly to check the prostate, urinary, and sexual health conditions. However, it is recommended a healthy individual must consult urologists once a year.
People suffering from any of the following medical conditions or diseases must consult a Urologist.
Urologists and Nephrologists are medical professionals who can diagnose and treat kidney diseases and disorders. However, Nephrologist directly focuses on medical conditions related to kidney only and Urologist focuses on diseases related to urinary tract system.
A medical condition that is characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis is erectile dysfunction. This medical condition can be diagnosed and treated by a Urologist, Sexologist or Endocrinologist.
Premature ejaculation is a medical condition where an individual may ejaculate the semen shortly during sexual intercourse. Urologists can diagnose and treat this medical condition with proper treatment course and lifestyle modifications.
Inflammation of the glans or head of the penis due to infection or other causes is balanitis. This can cause pain and discomfort. Urologists can examine, diagnose, and treat balanitis with an appropriate treatment plan.
Urologists can diagnose ad treat medical conditions related to the urinary tract and adrenal glands. However, only a Urological Surgeon can perform surgery to improve the function of urinary tract.