Men go to their primary care physician for common health issues, their dentist for their teeth and an optometrist for eye checkups. But who should they see for male urinary or sexual issues? This is when the best type of doctor to treat such conditions is a urologist.
A urologist is a doctor specializing in the genitourinary tract – the kidneys, ureters, urethra, bladder, prostate gland, male reproductive organs and male fertility. Urologists also specialize in male and female sexual dysfunction and issues.
Men will particularly benefit from seeing a urologist when certain symptoms arise that really need the attention from a doctor who sees these disorders all the time. Here are a few signs telling a man it is time to see a urologist:
A urologist will investigate everything from checking into vascular health, hypertension, renal failure, obesity, and other factors affecting a man’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Testicular Pain or Mass
If a man is experiencing pain or feels a mass, firmness or nodules in his testicle or scrotum, it is time to make an appointment with a urologist. Even though testicular cancer is rare, it is not worth taking the chance of ignoring it. If caught early, testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers a man can get.
Hematuria whether visible or only seen under the microscope is never normal and could be a warning sign of bladder or kidney cancer. A urologist is qualified to treat whatever the condition causing blood to appear in the urine might be from.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate, has many symptoms from frequent or urgent need to urinate, weak urine stream or difficulty starting urination, increased frequency of nighttime urination, or inability to completely empty the bladder. Seeing a urologist will be a man’s best method of treating this common condition.
Nephrolithiasis or kidney stones is a fairly common occurrence and if left untreated, it is more likely to come back. A urologist will do a thorough assessment and evaluation of a man’s symptoms and will have a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate the problem.
The PSA (prostate specific antigen) test is one of the most sensitive indicators of prostate cancer. If a man’s PSA is elevated, he needs to be evaluated and followed over time. Failing to do so could result in a man being “missed” in his PSA indicating a serious issue such as prostate cancer.
Seeing a urologist when men are having certain health issues is imperative for receiving the very best care of the urinary system.
To learn more about Dr. David Samadi, or if you have questions about prostate cancer, call 212-365-5000 today!