Have you been referred to see a urologist for specialized treatment? Are you familiar with what a urologist is or what they treat? If the answer is no, that’s okay! Most people are unfamiliar with urology until they themselves seek treatment.
As urologists ourselves, we want you to know we are here for you should you ever need our specialized expertise. Needing treatment from a urologist may be less likely than a general doctor but for those who do seek treatment from a urologist, it can be life-changing and maybe even life-saving.
What is a Urologist?
A urologist is a doctor specially trained to treat the urinary tract in men and women. This means they have an expert understanding of the following areas:
- kidneys –Two filtering organs positioned below the ribs on each side of the spine. This is where the urinary tract begins.
- ureters – Two tubes through which urine passes from the kidneys to the bladder.
- bladder – Pear-sized organ located behind the pelvis. The bladder can store up to two cups of urine and therefore is expandable.
- prostate – A small gland at the base of the penis.
- urethra – The tube through which urine and semen travel to escape the body.
- pelvic floor – The network of muscles and ligaments in the pelvis that holds a woman’s bladder, uterus, and other organs in place.
- penis – The male sexual organ.
When to See a Urologist
There are many symptoms you could be experiencing that would point you to seeing a urologist. Most commonly we see patients who are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Trouble urinating (peeing), including getting started or having a strong flow of urine, pain, cloudy urine, or blood in the urine.
- Changes in urination, like frequent urination or feeling like you always have to go.
- Trouble getting or keeping an erection.
- A feeling that something is falling down into your vagina or heaviness in that area.
- Pelvic pain.
- Urinating when you don’t want to, like at night or when you sneeze, laugh or exercise.
These symptoms could be signs of a multitude of urological symptoms. As urologists in Springfield, Ohio it is our job to help you find the root cause of these symptoms and offer treatment options based on your individual needs and diagnosis. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it would be time to meet with a urologist. Give us a call at the Urology Specialist of Ohio to make an appointment today.