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Signs You Should See a Urologist

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When to See a Urologist

Urologists are physicians who specialize in the urinary tract and system, including the kidneys and bladder, as well as male reproductive organs. They are also typically trained to perform interventional surgical procedures to treat diseases and ailments that may affect these organs.

Because these specialty care physicians can help you to address issues that may affect your urinary tract and reproductive organs, it is important to know what signs and symptoms may warrant scheduling an appointment.

Conditions You Can See a Urologist For

Bladder and Kidney stones

Your kidneys filter waste out from your blood and remove it through your urine. This process helps to maintain your body’s sodium, potassium, and calcium levels. When there is too much waste present in your urine, the waste crystalizes. One the crystal has formed, it can stay in the kidney or travel further down the urinary tract. Once it becomes stuck, it can cause a backup of urine, resulting in mild discomfort or intense pain.

The following symptoms may suggest that you may have a bladder or kidney stone:

  • Pain while urinating.
  • Blood in your urine
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Pain in your lower back or abdomen.

Enlarged Prostate

Your prostate is a gland that is responsible for the production of some of the fluid that carries sperm during ejaculation. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, happens as men continue to age. When it becomes enlarged, it can cause discomfort as well as issues that affect the various organs that make up the urinary system.

 

Signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate can include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty when starting to urinate
  • A weak urine stream
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Blood in your urine

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) s a fairly common sex issue that affects as many as 30 million men. ED happens when a man has trouble getting or maintaining an erection that is firm enough to engage in sexual activity.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is an issue that affects your ability to control your bladder and sphincter, resulting in the uncontrollable leaking of urine. Other signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence can include:

  • A sudden and strong urge to urinate
  • Not making it to the toilet in time
  • Wetting the bed during the night
  • Leaking urine without the urge to use the restroom
  • Leaking urine during everyday activities like coughing or bending over

Urological Care in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of urologists have the expertise and knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat issues of the urinary tract and system, including the kidneys and bladder, as well as male reproductive organs. From simple UTI’s to prostate cancer, we’re here to help.


For more information about the Urology services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2080.