Many people come to their doctor with a urological
health problem. For example women with bladder infections or incontinence,
or men with impotence problems as well as boys having a narrow
foreskin or bedwetting. Most general practitioners have experience
in common urological problems. In most cases it is best to visit
the general practitioner first. He/she may then wish to refer
you to a urologist.
After the first visit and physical examination,
the urologist may plan additional investigations (blood/urine
tests, X-rays, cystoscopy of the bladder) in order to make a diagnosis.
After a diagnosis is reached, a treatment
plan will be made. The urologist will then discuss the options
with the patient. Often, no treatment is necessary because the
disease is minor, or will be cured with time alone. Surgery may
be required , and this will be discussed with the patient.
A lot of people come to their doctor with urologic health problem.
For example women with bladder infections or incontinence, or
men with impotence or problems passing urine as well as boys having
narrow foreskin or bedwetting. Most general practitio ners have
a vast experience in frequent urological problems. In most cases
it is best to go to the general practitioner first, more so because
he/she often has a pretty good view on what is going on in the
patients family; a lot of diseases, like impotence or bedwetting,
can be caused or made worse by social of psychological problems,
which may not become all that clear when visiting a (stranger-)
If the disease shows to be difficult to treat, in case of a more
complicated or less frequent urological problem or when an operation
seems inevitable, the general practitioner can refer the patient
to a urologist.
A urologist is usually working from within a hospital. Often the
patient will have a choice between several hospitals and/or several
urologists, although most general practitioners deal with only
one or two urologists, with whom he/she is familiar.
After the first visit and physical examination, the urologist
usually will plan additional examinations (blood/urine tests,
X-rays, cystoscopy of the bladder) in order to find out what is
wrong with the patient.