Have you been referred to a urologist by your primary care doctor, though you’re not exactly sure what a urologist is? Or maybe you have some idea about what a urologist does, but you’re not sure if this is the specialist you should see for your particular condition. As your source for everything doctor related, Vitals is here to help.
Find out what urologists specialize in, the parts of the body they are experts on, and the conditions they typically treat below.
A urologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the male reproductive system of males, as well as the urinary tracts of both males and females.
These doctors cover the kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, urethra, and the male reproductive organs which include the testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.
Some common disorders that urologists treat are urinary tract infections (UTI), stress incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and cystitis. These urological specialists also perform vasectomies and vasectomy reversals.
Many urologists also sub-specialize in treating very specific issues involving the male reproductive system and the urinary tract. For example, endourologists specialize in treating the urinary tract through endoscopic surgery, urologic oncologists treat cancers of the prostate, adrenal glands, bladder, kidneys, ureters, testicles, and penis, and pediatric urologists treat urological disorders in children, like cryptorchism (undescended testes) and congenital abnormalities of the genitourinary tract.
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