The urinary tract is defined by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as the body’s drainage system that allows removing toxins and waste products through urine. Between the organs that compose it, the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys and adrenal glands can be included.
The urology is defined by The European Association of Urology as the branch of medicine dedicated to the study of urinary tract's diseases and the male reproductive system. So, a person can be referred to the urologist if his general physician (please follow the link to read on a General Medicine Consultation) suspects a disease in any of the organs that compose the urinary system. In the case of men, the urology will also treat the diseases related to the epididymis, penis, prostate, seminal vesicles and the testes.
What Is an Urology Consultation?
The urology consultation is defined by The European Association of Urology as the meeting between a patient and a urologist. As it was said before, it is recommended for diagnosing and treating any disease of the urinary tract or the male's reproductive system.
Some urologic diseases can be treated in a short time, and the patient must visit the urology just once, but others are chronic, so the patient must go to periodic checkups with the urologist in order to maintain the disease controlled.
Is an Urology Consultation for Me?
A good candidate for undergo a urology consultation is a patient who might be suffering from any disease or condition that affects the urinary tract. Among the most common diseases, the urinary tract infections, kidney stones, bladder control problems, difficulty to urinate, ureters congenital malformations, among others, can be included.
It is also important to know that in any case, all men need to undergo a urology consultation at least once in their lives to determine the condition of their prostate, especially after 40 years of age.
What Are the Most Common Questions During an Urology Consultation?
Most people are worried about the urology consultation questions before the meeting with the doctor. However, it is important to know that urology consultation questions are just like the questions performed during any other medical consultation but focused on the urinary tract symptoms.
The patient must bring to the consultation all the necessary medical records and prior urine tests or image tests (like abdominal ultrasounds) to put the doctor in context and to avoid performing some tests again. The most common urology consultation questions include if they patient suffers any disease that might affect the kidneys or may be causing the symptoms, the patient’s family medical history and the patient’s current medication.
How Much Does an Urology Consultation Cost?
The cost of a urology consultation will widely vary according to the urgency with which the consultation must be performed, if the consultation includes the cost of laboratory tests or not, the patient's general health condition, the number of consults needed, the treatment that the patient will need for his/her condition, if the consultation is before a surgery or just a checkup, among others. Likewise, the cost of a urology consultation can vary between cities and countries.
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