Urologists are highly trained specialists that diagnose and treat disorders of the genitourinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, urethra and reproductive organs. Many people know that urologists treat prostrate issues in men, but they may not know that a urologist can also help with both male and female infertility. In some cases, a woman may also need to see a urogynecologist (for conditions affecting the bladder and female fertility such as a pelvic organ prolapse), although a urologist is qualified to render care for both sexes.
Why See a Urologist?
A urologist can determine the underlying reasons for issues such as bloody urine, frequent urination, pain in the flank or back (on one or both sides), bladder leakage, pain or burning during urination, an inability to urinate, overactive bladder, fallen bladder (also known as a prolapsed bladder), male fertility (including vasectomy and vasectomy reversals), kidney stones, prostate disorders, and even painful intercourse.
A urologist can also help men deal with erectile dysfunction (ED). An estimated 20-30 million males in the US alone have some degree of erectile dysfunction, which may be a symptom of another condition such as heart disease, diabetes, STD’s, prostate inflation, bladder stones, or other disorders. While many men are embarrassed about ED, there is really no need to be ashamed. ED is a medical issue and can often be treated so that sexual activities can be resumed. It’s not just about your sexual activity, it is also a legitimate health concern that a trusted urologist can help with.
Men may also seek the care of a urologist concerning an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a small gland that males have just behind the area of the urethra, which can swell and block the normal flow of urine. It can also indicate the presence of prostate cancer, which is highly treatable if caught early. Symptoms from prostate cancer may include symptoms such as pain the lower back, pelvis and thighs as well as a frequent urge to urinate coupled with a weak urine flow. Urologists can also treat related issues such as inguinal hernias. A hernia is a weakened area in the abdominal wall where a section of the intestine may drop into the scrotal area where the testicles reside.
The main thing to bear in mind is that a skilled urologist is a vital member of your healthcare team, with the specialized training needed to diagnose and treat a wide variety of urinary and reproductive disorders and injuries. If you, or a loved one needs a board-certified urologist in the Phoenix area, look to Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr., a specialist in men’s health. Call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961- 2323 today, or make an appointment online.