What to Expect When You Visit Your Urologist
A urologist treats conditions related to the male reproductive organs and male and female urinary tracts. Seeing one doesn’t have to be intimidating or embarrassing.
As with any medical visit, be prepared. This is the best way to make sure you get the most out of your time. When your Urologist has complete information, he or she can provide an accurate treatment plan. Here are some preparation tips and what to expect at your first visit:
When you check in, ask the office staff if you will need to provide a urine sample. It is likely that you will need one. Come with a full bladder, if that is an issue for you. Then, you can go ahead and provide your sample first.
You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to describe your symptoms. Provide as much detail as you can. Rate the severity of your symptoms and make note of the timing. It’s helpful to keep track of this information beforehand and bring it with you. You will want to review it with the Urologist. In addition, bring a list of any questions that you have.
The required “paperwork” is now often computerized. If not, a staff member will record your detailed medical history. A list of any medications you are taking should be included in this and updated each time you see a physician. Be sure to mention any supplements or herbs, as well.
The Urologist will then perform a physical exam. For example, for both men and women dealing with urinary incontinence, a urinalysis and cough stress test will be done.
- For men with prostate issues, a digital rectal exam is standard. This allows the doctor to physically examine the prostate. Other tests may include a urethral swab, to rule out any sexually transmitted diseases, and blood work to check your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level.
- For women with recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs), a pelvic exam may be done along with a urinalysis.
- Of course, you should discuss your specific problem and symptoms with the physician.
Make notes when your physician reviews a treatment plan with you. Now is the time to bring out that list of questions that you brought. If you are unsure of something, ask. Record any information that you might need later. There may be several treatment options. You and your Urologist can decide what is right for you.
t’s time to take the first step. Set up your appointment with one of our many friendly and experienced Urologists. Contact our offices to set up your appointment today!