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.
Urologists are physicians specialized in diagnosing & treating diseases related to the male and female urinary system and issues of the male reproductive organs. Urology is the specialty of medicine that deals with diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. Organs studied in urology include the adrenal glands, kidneys, ureters, urethra, urinary bladder, and the male reproductive organs.
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:
Urologists treat a variety of medical conditions. Some of them are:
Although both Urologists and Nephrologists treat kidney disorders, they are not the same. Urologists specialize in surgeries that deal with structural and anatomical disorders of the male & female urinary system, kidneys, and the male reproductive organs. They treat problems like kidney stones, blockages, and cancer. Urologists are trained and qualified to perform surgery and outpatient procedures to correct such conditions. Nephrologists on the other hand, are specialists who deal with conditions that affect the way the kidneys function, such as diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, and hypertension. Nephrologists prescribe nonsurgical medical treatments for such disorders.
An individual should visit a Urologist if they see some of these symptoms:
Some of the practices to maintain good urologic system health are:
You can consult a Urologist either online or offline. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, pre-booking may be required for consultation.
It is recommended to consult a Urologist once every year to get an update on the health of the urinary tract system. In case you have an existing disease or condition of the urinary tract, it is advised to have regular follow-ups with the Urologist.