Feeling squeamish or worried about visiting a urologist? There’s no need! Consider it the first step on the way to a healthier urinary or male reproductive tract. Check out the following ways to prepare for a visit to your urologist in Phoenix, Arizona.
Don’t Be Anxious
While it may seem like a nerve-wracking experience, seeing a urologist is the best thing you can do to improve your health and well-being. Your urologist is ready to assess your symptoms, treat your conditions,and help you have a healthier sex life. Seeing a men’s health specialist is a positive step in the right direction.
Your urologist has years of experience and advanced training in the function and dysfunction of the kidneys, bladder, testicles, penis, and more. Urologists are highly experienced professionals, so you have nothing to be embarrassed or worried about. In short, you are in the best of hands.
Write Down Your Symptoms and Questions Ahead of Time
It’s best to think through your urinary and sexual health symptoms ahead of your appointment at a urology clinic. Write them down in a notepad or on your phone, so you can talk clearly and succinctly with the doctor.
Write down any questions you may have, so the doctor can answer them during the appointment. You are likely to forget some questions if you try to remember them in your head but bringing questions on a notepad or on your phone will help you remember to ask them all.
Example of questions you may wish to ask (depending on your particular symptoms) are:
- Do I need surgery to fix my incontinence?
- How can I avoid kidney stones?
- Can my enlarged prostate affect sex?
- Do I have to take an antibiotic to treat a UTI?
Finally, bring a list of current medications and any documentation of previous imaging, tests, or urology procedures. These will help your urologist more fully understand your medical history.
Understand Basics of Urology and Diagnostic Steps
It’s important to know what kind of conditions a urologist diagnoses and treats, so you know what to expect during your visit. Urologists treat a variety of men’s health-related issues, such as:
- Kidney and bladder pain
- Poor urine stream
- Overactive bladder
- Male infertility and low testosterone
- Erectile dysfunction of varying degrees
- Enlarged prostates
- Cancers of the prostate, bladder, penis, and kidneys
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Low male libido
- Penile curvature
- Low testosterone symptoms
When you see a urologist, you can expect a physical examination, blood work, urinalysis, and some imaging, such as an ultrasound, CT scan or X-rays to visualize the urinary bladder and kidneys. Drink sufficient water before your appointment to ensure you can leave an adequate urine sample.
Find Out About Insurance Coverage
When you make your urology appointment, make sure your insurance is in order. Ask your insurance company if the doctor is in-network with your insurance. This will help streamline the check-in process and ensure you don’t run into any coverage issues or unexpected out-of-pocket costs for the visit.
Exceptional Urology Care in Phoenix And Gilbert, Arizona
Receive the very best urological care from board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr. at Ironwood Urology. Call us at (480) 961-2323to arrange your visit at either of our two locations or fill out our secure online request form.