A urologist is a specialist physician who treats conditions relating to the urinary tract, reproductive organs, as well as other related organs including the bladder, kidneys ureter and urethra. Urologists must first be a qualified doctor before they specialise, meaning they have a broad scope of medical knowledge, with a focus on the urinary system.
Our urinary system is crucial to our health, it not only helps us pass urine but also helps to process toxins and nutrients, as well and reproduce.
Some of the major organs that urologists treat include the kidneys, bladder, urethra, testes, prostate and penis. These organs are mostly found in the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. Urologists help by investigating and examining the problem to accurately diagnose the issue. Treatments for problems can include various methodologies and medications, as well as planning and undertaking surgery.
Some specialisations that urologists may take include the following:
• General diseases of the urinary tract
• Female Urology, a particular focus on the reproductive and urinary system of women
• Male infertility issues, or problems that may prevent a man from conceiving
• Neurourology, urinary problems that are created from conditions concerning the nervous system and brain
• Paediatric urology, a focus on urinary problems in children
• Urologic oncology, a focus on cancers in the urinary system including the kidneys, bladder, testicles and prostate.
The urinary system takes up a large part of the body, which means there are numerous conditions and disorders that can be treated by a urologist. Some common conditions include:
• Recurrent urinary tract infections
• Urinary incontinence/overactive bladder
• Enlarged prostate
• Interstitial cystitis
• Kidney stones
• Infertility in males and females
• Sexual dysfunction in males and females
• Cancers throughout the whole area
• Birth defects of the genitalia or urinary tract
• Trauma of the urinary tract of genitalia
If you think you may have a condition that requires urological treatment, be sure to look out for the following signs:
If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should make an appointment with your urology specialist.
If you have any questions regarding urological symptoms or conditions or if you would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact Dr Arianayagam’s office or call on 1300 307 990 and his staff will be more than happy to assist.
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