Whether you’re a man or a woman, you may one day have a condition that requires the special expertise of a urologist.

If you do, count on the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute for superior care.

 
Reasons for a man to see a urologist

Reasons for a man to see a urologist:

Abnormal PSA test:

A PSA test screens for prostate cancer by measuring the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Because prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the U.S., an abnormal or elevated PSA test should receive immediate follow-up.

Bladder mass:

A growth on the bladder.

Enlarged prostate:

As men age, their prostates tend to grow larger. If the prostate grows too large it puts pressure on the urethra and can obstruct urine flow. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH can cause many symptoms including an urge to urinate often, weak urine flow and pain in the lower back, pelvis or thighs.

Erectile dysfunction:

Inability to have or maintain an erection.

Hematuria:

Hematuria is a fancy word for the presence of blood in urine. Hematuria can be caused by a number of potentially serious conditions including bladder cancer, kidney cancer, urinary tract infections and stones. Consult your urologist if you discover blood in your urine.

Incontinence:

Accidental release of urine.

Kidney mass:

A growth on the kidney.

Kidney stones:

A key symptom of kidney stones is severe pain in the lower stomach, side of the back, groin or testicles. Left untreated, stones can wreak havoc on the kidneys and cause permanent damage. Your risk of kidney stones increases if you don’t drink enough fluids. Increasing the amount of water you drink could help reduce their occurrence.

Peyronies disease:

An abnormal bend in the penis that occurs during erection. 

Vasectomy:

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the sealing or cutting of the vas deferens (tiny tubes leading from each testicle) to prevent sperm from mixing with semen. It is considered a permanent form of birth control, so should not be approached lightly. Your urologist can provide expert advice on what to expect as well as perform the procedure.

 

 
Reasons for a woman to see a urologist:

Reasons for a woman to see a urologist:

Bladder mass:

A growth on the bladder.

Hematuria:

Hematuria is a fancy word for the presence of blood in urine. Hematuria can be caused by a number of potentially serious conditions including bladder cancer, kidney cancer, urinary tract infections and stones. Consult your urologist if you discover blood in your urine.

Injuries to the urinary tract:

Injuries caused by trauma or surgery.

Interstitial cystitis:

A chronic condition characterized by bladder pressure and pain.

Kidney mass:

A growth on the kidney.

Kidney stones: 

A key symptom of kidney stones is severe pain in the lower stomach, side of the back or groin. Left untreated, stones can wreak havoc on the kidneys and cause permanent damage. Your risk of kidney stones increases if you don’t drink enough fluids. Increasing the amount of water you drink could help reduce their occurrence.

Pelvic prolapse:

When weakened pelvic muscles allow pelvic organs to drop down, putting pressure on the vagina.

Pregnancy and the urinary tract: 

Treatment of urinary tract infections and other problems associated with pregnancy.

Urethral diverticulum: 

The formation of an outpouching next to the urethra.

Urethritis:

Inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body.

Urinary incontinence: 

Accidental release of urine.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs): 

Infection of any part of the urinary system—kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra.

Voiding dysfunction: 

Problems with emptying the bladder.