As I looked at the other posts at the Orange County Urology Blog, I realized that some people might still not know why someone goes to see a urologist. Here are the top reasons.
- Blood in the urine. This is called hematuria. It can be invisible (microscopic hematuria) just showing up on a lab test, or visible blood in the urine. Either way, a urologist evaluates you to see if there is anything serious causing the blood in the urine.
- Kidney stones. Sometimes you find out about them when they are passing, and this is a miserable experience. Other people find out by accident on x-rays done for other reasons. Either way, a urologist can help with treatment and prevention of kidney stones.
- Elevated PSA, high PSA, or rising PSA. A PSA test indicates issues with the prostate, including possible prostate cancer. A urologist helps evaluate the reason for the high PSA and treat the underlying cause if necessary.
- Anything at all that bothers you about how you urinate. Whether you go too often (urinary frequency), you can’t hold it (urinary incontinence), pain with urination, urinary tract infections, or it is hard to go, you should see a urologist. Sometimes these symptoms can be caused by important underlying medical issues. Most of the time, a urologist can help you urinate more normally and improve your quality of life.
- Prostate problems such as enlarged prostate (BPH), prostatitis, prostate cancer.
- Vasectomy. I know you don’t want to do it. But when you are done having children, it is the fastest, safest, and most effective form of contraception. New techniques used at Associated Urologists of Orange County make a vasectomy easier.
- Cancer of the kidneys, bladder, prostate, and testicles.
If you have any concerns about your urinary tract, from the top of your kidneys to the end of the urethra, call us at 714-639-1915. We are here to help.
Matthew Greenberger MD