Urology in a sense, has been around since the days of ancient Egyptians and Greeks where doctors frequently examined urine for signs of disease. Things like blood, color and smell can tell a lot about one’s health and the conditions they may be experiencing. Today, an entire field of medicine is dedicated to urology.
If you’re wondering what types of conditions a urologist treats, we’ve put together a list of 10.
Kidney stones are a buildup of minerals and salts that harden inside the kidneys. They can range in size and be painful to pass. Some stones can be passed with medication and lots of water, but others may need some medical help from your urologist.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate is a common problem for men as they get older. BPH is a non-cancerous condition but can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms due to blocked urine flow.
Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate of men and as long as it’s detected early, can be successfully treated. Most men will survive prostate cancer as it’s often slow growing.
There are two types of incontinence: 1) stress incontinence, defined as the leakage of urine when you exert pressure on the bladder and 2) urge incontinence which is a sudden and strong urge to urinate.
Erectile dysfunction is a common thing for men to experience as they age, but any ongoing issues should be discussed with your urologist.
Urinary Tract Infections
A UTI happens when bacteria enter the urethra and travels up to the bladder. It can cause symptoms like the urge to urinate although as well as pain while urinating. Your urologist will most likely prescribe a course of antibiotics.
When a couple is not able to conceive a child after trying for a year or longer, a male should get checked for fertility issues. There are many causes of male infertility including low sperm motility, low sperm production and other issues.
A vasectomy is a minor surgery that permanently prevents pregnancy. The procedure is done by your urologist in an outpatient setting and just takes around 20 minutes. During the procedure the vas deferens are cut or blocked to prevent sperm from leaving the testicles.
Low testosterone can cause a decreased sex drive, fatigue, erectile dysfunction and reduced muscle mass among other symptoms. The most common treatment is testosterone replacement therapy, but your urologist will come up with the best treatment plan for you.
Overactive bladder can lead to a frequent and sudden need to urinate. OAB causes your bladder to start urination at the wrong time and a tell-tale symptom is urinating more than eight times per day. Your urologists will evaluate you for underlying conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Urology is an extremely important field of medicine and the urologists at Urology Clinics of North Texas (UCNT) are dedicated to serving those in need. If you’re looking for a urologist, explore UCNT locations and providers today or request your in-person or virtual appointment here.