The medical field is huge and no single doctor specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions affecting humans. This is why doctors have specializations and focus on specific subfields within the medical field. One such field is urology.
Urologists are often associated with men’s health, treating conditions affecting the male reproductive system. However, urologists don’t only treat men, they also treat women and can diagnose and treat a number of different conditions affecting the urinary system from kidney stones to cancer.
What Is a Urologist?
A urologist is a physician who specializes in diseases, conditions, and infections affecting the urinary system. The urinary system includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters (the tubes that carry urine to your bladder) and the urethra (the tube that removes urine from the bladder and out of the body). Urologists will also work specifically with men to treat conditions affecting the reproductive system which includes the penis, testes, scrotum, and prostate whereas a gynecologist specializes in women’s reproductive health.
What Do Urologists Treat?
There are many conditions which are best treated by an experienced urologist including:
- Overactive bladder
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Kidney disease
- Prolapse of the bladder or pelvic organs
- Urological Oncology (treatment of cancers affecting any part of the urinary system or men’s reproductive system such as bladder, kidneys, prostate, and testicles)
- Enlarged prostate
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male infertility
- Kidney stones or a blockage in the kidney
- Vasectomies and vasectomy reversals
Reasons To Visit A Urologist
If you are experiencing any unusual or worrying symptoms affecting the urinary or male reproductive system, it is best to get them checked out by an experienced urologist to find effective and fast relief.
Most problems are easily treatable, but sometimes, they will need further investigation. Urologists are trained and experienced in diagnosing symptoms correctly. It is best to see a urologist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in urine
- Difficulty or pain when urinating
- Leaking urine
- Urgency to urinate frequently
- Loss of bladder control
- Testicular pain
- Trouble getting or keeping an erection
- Pain in the bladder, pelvis, or lower abdomen
- A mass or lump in the testicles
- Painful ejaculation
- Male infertility
- Abnormal prostate exam by your primary care physician
- Decreased sexual desire
- Elevated PSA levels (protein molecules in men’s blood which, if high, may indicate prostate cancer)
- Undescended testicles
Ironwood Urology in Phoenix, Arizona
Urologists can treat a number of conditions, and they play a crucial role in a patient’s overall health. If you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a qualified and highly skilled urologist, Dr. Desi Avila at Ironwood Urology is ready to serve you.
At Ironwood Urology, we specialize in treating men’s issues as well as other urological problems. We provide diagnosis and treatment on a variety of issues including prostate health, vasectomy, vasectomy reversal, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, penile prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease, robotic urological surgery, and more.
If you would like to make an appointment to learn more about the different treatment options we offer or to make an appointment, call Ironwood Urology today. Call us at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!