Gotta Go? When to See a Urologist?
by Jennifer Lucas, MD; Jerry Rittenhouse, MD, and Gina Bedell, APRN
Your urinary system plays a vital role in your overall health. If you experience any changes in urinary habits, it’s time to see a urologist.
What is urology? Urology is the diagnosis, treatment, and surgical solution for disorders of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs. This can include conditions that affect the bladder, kidneys, urethra, and adrenal glands as well as the penis, prostate, and testicles in men.
What common conditions do urologists treat? The most common conditions include urinary tract infections, bladder or prostate cancer, kidney stones, incontinence, as well as bed wetting and other pediatric concerns. Urologists also treat infertility and erectile dysfunction in men as well as perform vasectomies.
When should I see a urologist? You should see a urologist if you experience any problems with your urinary system. Changes in urinary habits can be indications of various health concerns. Men and women have both similar and separate needs for seeking urology treatment. For example, men should see a urologist for issues of erectile dysfunction, which also can be associated with hypertension, vascular disease, kidney disease, and behavioral health issues. Men seeking vasectomies or with prostate concerns also should schedule an appointment with a urologist.
Women often need to see a urologist for issues of incontinence, urinary tract infections, and bladder prolapse (issues with the pelvic floor).
How are urology problems treated? There is a wide range of urology treatment choices. Conditions can be managed through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Drug or behavioral therapy may be the best choice to treat a condition. New innovations and advanced technologies for the treatment of urological medical conditions are being defined every day. Many of the new technologies and procedures, including ultrasound, minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery, laser-assisted surgeries, and scope-guided procedures, are less invasive and offer safer and more effective treatment for patients with urological conditions from the simplest health problem to the more complex. Minimally invasive procedures offer the patient less discomfort, quicker recovery, and better outcomes than traditional surgery. Chemotherapy is also used to treat urologic problems.
Does Weeks offer urology services? Jennifer Lucas, MD, Jerry Rittenhouse, MD, and Gina Bedell, APRN, provide urology services for both adult and pediatric patients. They have been trained to diagnose, treat, and manage urology conditions.
To schedule an appointment, please call 603-788-5095
Jennifer Lucas, MD; Jerry Rittenhouse, MD, and Gina Bedell, APRN provide urology services at Weeks Medical Center.