Urological surgeons are experts on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the urinary system and the male reproductive tract. While these health professionals are trained to treat both men and women, there are those—like Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr. at Ironwood Urology— who focus on men’s sexual and reproductive health and are trained to address:
o Male sterilization
o Prostate health problems
o Erectile dysfunction
o Low testosterone
Urological surgeons perform a vast variety of procedures, which include:
o Vasectomy reversal
o Prostate procedures
o Penile plication- to treat curvature of the penis caused by Peyronie’s disease
o Male infertility procedures, such as surgical repair of varicoceles (enlargement of the vein in the scrotum)
o Orchiopexy- to repair an undescended testicle
As with any type of surgery, the ones mentioned above have their own inherent risks. Thus, if you’ve been seeing Dr. Avila for your care and he has told you that you likely need one of these surgeries, it proves prudent to figure out the specific things that you want to discuss about your surgery and recovery in order to make a well-informed decision.
Questions to Ask About Your Surgery
Consider asking Dr. Avila the following questions to make sure you’re adequately prepared for your procedure:
o What treatment options are there for my condition?
o Why is surgery necessary?
o Am I a good candidate for this type of surgery?
o Are there alternatives to surgery?
o What happens if I don’t have surgery?
o What costs are involved?
o How many of these surgical procedures have you carried out?
o How and where will the surgery be performed?
o What is the success rate for this type of surgery?
o What are the risks, benefits, and possible complications for the surgery?
o What anesthesia options are available?
o How can I prepare for my surgery?
o Is there any special preparation before surgery? (Such as tests, or diet or medication changes)
Questions to Ask About Your Recovery
Your recovery is just as crucial as the surgery itself, so it pays to be equipped with all that you need to know about what you’re supposed to expect after your surgery.
Here are some of the questions you can ask Dr. Avila about your recovery:
o Will I need medication after surgery, such as pain relief or antibiotics?
o How will I know if surgery is a success?
o What are the signs of a complication following surgery?
o What aftercare is required?
o What can I expect during my recovery (Immediately, and for the weeks and months that follow)?
o When will I be able to return to my regular activities (such as work, driving, exercise, sexual relations)?
o What can I do and not do following surgery?
o Will I require home care after surgery?
o When will I have a follow-up appointment?
o What do I do if I have concerns following my surgery?
Phoenix Urological Surgeon in Mesa, AZ
Part of Dr. Avila’s dedication to deliver the best patient experience and exceptional treatment outcomes is being fully cognizant of the importance of addressing all of the concerns and questions his patients may have about their treatment. That is to say, he takes the time to explain everything you want to know about your procedure in words you perfectly understand.
Dr. Avila has performed numerous surgeries with great success and has helped countless patients in Phoenix, Mesa, and neighboring areas live an excellent quality of life, so you can rest assured that you’re in very good hands.