A urologist is a medical doctor that specializes in the care of the urinary tract. It is usually in a hospital or a specialized facility that a urologist works, although some will practice in clinics, hotels, and private homes. In general, a urologist’s job is to cure the patient’s urinary tract infection by surgically removing the urethritis symptoms, while treating the body’s immune system for the ensuing inflammation.
Urology is basically a branch of medicine that deals with the functions of the body. Diseases of the urinary tract include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urethritis. Bladder cancer and kidney stones are the most common bladder infections.
The most common affliction for which urologists work is bladder cancer. The most common treatments are radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. Radiation and chemotherapy are performing to kill any cancer cells that may still be present. After surgery, patients receive months of therapy and monitor their progress until the whole bladder tumor is gone.
Kidney stones can also be cured through surgery. However, treatment varies depending on the kind of stone, and its location. If the stone is benign, it will go away without surgery.
Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, or pipe, which can cause burning, itching, and pain during urination. The irritation from the infection could make the patient unable to get an erection. Urination becomes painful due to the inflammation. This condition can also cause complications in the case of men who suffer from a urinary tract infection, because the infection often spreads to the urethra when the infected area is rubbed by the urethra.
Urological conditions can cause the development of scars, sores, lesions, abscesses, and scar tissue. If not treated early, the scars may become infected. In the long run, this could prevent the proper function of the body.
The basic principle for diagnosing the condition is that there must be a clean environment in which the disease occurs. A urologist usually runs a sample through a uroflowmetry machine to check the blood flow and the amount of urine production.
When the test results are positive, the urologist will discuss it with the patient and his family. They will discuss possible treatments and different management techniques. In some cases, an immediate surgical intervention is recommended.
The doctors will review the patient’s health history and the type of case they are dealing with and make the necessary recommendations. A urologist will make the final decision of whether to perform the recommended treatment. In the case of a symptom-free patient, the urologist may suggest a standard treatment that can be done in the office, or he may decide to recommend further tests to identify the type of bladder infection and to decide if surgery is necessary.
The urologist’s job is to help the patient live his life to the fullest, while being cured of the infection. Even though the case is very complicated, the urologist must be able to interpret the complex information of the patients’ records, and discuss with them the necessary steps for recovery.
Another part of the urologist’s job is to discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment. Each patient has his own case and needs. Discussing the costs with the patient is also a part of the urologist’s job.
Most doctors will start with a consultation, wherein the urologist’s job is to ask the patient about the symptoms, discuss the condition, and find out more about it. This is a big responsibility and should be understood by the patient before a treatment is started. After the infection is cured, the urologist should be able to provide feedback and information to the patient on his recovery and the progress of the infection.