Preparing for your first urologist appointment

Preparing for your first urologist appointment

A urologist is a specialist that treats conditions relating to the urinary tracts of male and females, as well as the male reproductive organs. While urological health isn’t something we think about too often, it is not unlikely that you will have to make an appointment with a urologist at some point in your life.

You might not be looking forward to your first visit to a new specialist; however, there’s no need to be embarrassed or intimidated. Here’s some information to help you before your first appointment with your urologist.

Preparation

As with any medical appoinment, it’s important to be prepared so you can make sure that you get the most out of your time, as well as the most tailored treatment for your condition. Make sure you have a good explanation of your condition and symptoms, as well as any appropriate documentation or referral papers. It’s likely a urologist will ask you to provide a urine sample, so try not to get to the office with an empty bladder. For some conditions, it may be hard to urinate or to hold urine, so be sure to talk to your urologist about the best options for you.

It’s important to have a good idea about your condition and symptoms, as most urologist visits will start with an assortment of paperwork, often including a questionnaire. Try to provide as much detail as possible; the questions will likely require you to rate symptoms, explain any incontinences as well as describe your sexual health. You will also be asked about your medical history and any other medications you may take, as well as vitamins or supplements.

Physical exam

The next step is a physical exam, which will vary depending on the condition. Physical exams could include a urinalysis, cough stress test, digital rectal exam, swab or pelvic exams, to name a few.

Creating a suitable treatment plan 

After the physical examination is complete, the urologist will discuss your condition and tailor a treatment plan for you. It’s likely this will involve other tests to check blood count, kidney function, hormone levels or prostate-specific antigen. You may be required to complete imaging studies, such as a sonography of the kidneys or bladder so that the physician can have a more detailed look at the organ in question. Another possibility is that the urologist may recommend a cystoscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure that examines the bladder and urethra.

Contact us today!

Dr Arianayagam is an expert in the field of urology and is widely considered one of the top urological oncologists in Australia. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact or call Dr Arianayagam’s office on 1300 307 990, and his staff will be able to assist.

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Dr Arianayagam is a highly regarded urologist and skilled oncologist. If you have any further questions about any urology procedure or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to call today.

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