When a Man Needs to See a Urologist
We maintain our general health by seeing our primary care physician every year or so. We give the same attention to our eye health by regularly seeing an eye doctor. Our oral health is maintained by seeing the dentist. Because these are our normal healthcare providers, we might miss indications that we need to see someone different. Here, we outline the signs that a man needs to see a urologist.
- Erectile dysfunction. We hear more about erectile dysfunction today than we did just a decade ago. It is no longer a topic to shy away from or feel embarrassed about. Statistics indicate that between 30 and 50 percent of men develop this condition at some point. With treatment, erectile function can improve. Usually waiting on it to get better on its own, or taking a medication that does not work will not be successful for your well-being and relationship in the long run. This can also lead to frustration making the issue worse. A urologist has the extensive knowledge of the male reproductive system to accurately determine the cause of erectile dysfunction and the proper course of care as there are multiple treatment options available not known by all physicians. A super specialist in Men’s Health like Dr Shridharani may also be able to guide you through the process quicker and more effectively getting you back to normal function as soon as possible.
- Kidney stones. Kidney stones are more common among men than women, so it is important that men and those who love them know how to spot the signs and where to turn for treatment. Kidney stones may cause symptoms such as back, side, or abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and blood in the urine. In addition to conducting a thorough consultation and examination, a urologist often also orders imaging. This can confirm the presence of kidney stones and also measure them to determine if they may pass on their own. If stones are too large, they can be disintegrated in a minor medical procedure.
- Testicular pain. It can be frightening to experience testicular pain, especially when symptoms occur suddenly and without cause. In some instances, intense testicular pain requires immediate medical attention. When pain is mild and chronic, a urologist should be consulted. Tests can be performed to determine if the pain is a result of a cyst, varicose vein, kidney stones, or other factors. Understanding the cause of testicular pain, a urologist can plan appropriate care. Dr. Shridharani is one of few urologists in the country who performs microsurgery to treat this problem.
There are several conditions for which urological care is ideal. In addition to those mentioned, high PSA and an enlarged prostate should also be assessed by a urologist.