Often people’s first line of defense when something is wrong with their health is to schedule an appointment with their primary care doctor. Primary care doctors are great resources for common ailments, and can handle many urological issues. But if your symptoms persist or continue to recur your doctor will suggest that you visit a urologist.
You may be asking, “but when exactly should I visit a urologist?!”
Here are some symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored and may indicate that a visit to Virginia Urology is in order.
- Blood in urine. Also known as hematuria, you should never discount blood in your urine as benign, even if it only happens once. It could be harmless, but it could also be an early indication of something much more serious, like bladder cancer. It’s better to check with a urologist sooner than later to make sure the underlying cause does not progress without investigation. (1).
- Urinary tract infections. If you have three or more urinary tract infections in one year, we recommend seeing a urologist to determine the cause of the infections. At Virginia Urology our molecular pathology department will use the newest testing to determine what type of bacteria is present in urine.
- Testicular pain or mass. Testicular torsion (twisting of the testicle causing decreased blood flow) and testicular cancer can both cause pain. Both, if left untreated can have serious ramifications. It’s best to consult a urologist so that they can evaluate right away. (1)
- Kidney stones. Managing the pain that comes along with passing a kidney stone is something that most doctors can handle. However, depending on the size and location of your kidney stone, you may need to see a urologist who is trained to fragment or break up kidney stones for removal. At Virginia Urology, this can often be done as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
- Male infertility. The inability for you and your significant other to become pregnant can have a variety of causes. A urologist will work with you and perform tests on your semen and blood specimens to identify any hormonal imbalances or abnormalities that may be present. The urologist will also perform a physical exam which may or may not include an ultrasound test. At Virginia Urology we have several physicians who have specialized training in male infertility.
- Urinary incontinence. If you have urinary leakage that occurs when you laugh, sneeze or cough or when you have the strong urge to urinate, a urologist is your best bet. At Virginia Urology your doctor will work with you to understand your specific symptoms and recommend a treatment plan catered to your needs.
- Urologic cancers. If you’ve been diagnosed or suspect cancer of the prostate, kidney, bladder, or testicles, working with Virginia Urology is key to developing a plan of action for treatment. Our physicians are board certified in urology and many have completed specialty fellowship training in urological cancer at world-class academic institutions. Virginia Urology has the largest robotic team in the area and performs more procedures then area academic centers.
If you notice any of the symptoms listed, or are struggling with another condition involving the urinary tract, make an appointment with Virginia Urology today. Our highly specialized doctors are experts in urology and will help you get to the root of your health challenges.