In honor of September being Urology Awareness Month, we would like to begin a series of blog posts that will help spread the awareness! Read on for our first installment all about the basics of Urology.

Urology isUrology-South-Bendn’t a common topic of conversation. We suspect it has something to do with the somewhat uncomfortable nature of this branch of medicine. We understand! But we do believe that the more you know, the more comfortable you will be.

The Urology Associates of South Bend are completely comfortable in their line of work. They are also sensitive and compassionate. Because of this, we want to ease any discomfort you may have with this mini course on the basics of Urology.

What is Urology?

Urology is the field of medicine that deals with the urinary tract of men, women, and children, and the reproductive tract of males. A urologist, therefore, is a doctor who works with these areas. Urologists are not your average doctor, though. They are both doctors and surgeons. Their education is thorough. When you visit the Urology Associates of South Bend, you can rest assured that you will be getting incredible care.

The Urinary Tract

For those who are a few years out from high school anatomy, you may not remember what all is included in the urinary tract. That is understandable! So here’s a quick rundown:

  • kidneys
  • ureter
  • bladder
  • urethra

The urinary tract is a pathway made up of these body parts. It’s job is to flush out urine. Urine, a combination of water and waste, is made, stored, and flushed out through this system.

There are many issues that can crop up regarding the urinary tract. If each part isn’t working optimally, there is bound to be problems. That’s where a urologist comes in. Whether it be kidney stones, a UTI, an overactive bladder, or anything else related to the urinary tract, Urology Associates of South Bend have you covered.

Male Reproductive Tract

The male reproductive tract is also made up of several body parts. These include:

  • penis
  • testes
  • scrotum
  • prostate

This whole system produces, stores, and transports semen for the purpose of, you guessed it: reproduction. Prostate problems? Look no further than your local urologist. These expert doctors can also help you if your struggling to reproduce. Male infertility is as common as female infertility. Urologists take this very seriously. Or if you’re all done reproducing, a urologist is the one who performs the highly successful vasectomy.

Urologists are also well versed in the area of cancer. Either tract can fall victim. You’ll be glad to have the Urology Associates of South Bend walking you through. Urologists can also check for tumors or other symptoms indicative of cancer, potentially catching it early.

What Happens at the Urologist?

If you are experiencing any symptoms related to the urinary tract, contact the Urology Associates of South Bend right away! After an examination, the urologist will request a urine specimen and, if necessary, call for additional testing.

As we mentioned before, urologists are both doctors and surgeons. The Urology Associates of South Bend are no exception. They offer some of the most advanced technologies in order to take the very best care of you. Many of these procedures are minimally invasive, which means quicker recovery time, less scarring (or none at all), less discomfort, and fewer complications. When you visit a urologist, you will be able to discuss the best course of action for your urological need.

A urologist offers more than surgery. There are various services you’ll discover at the office of your urologist including testing, medication, therapy, biofeedback, and more. All the while, you’ll be welcomed and cared for with compassion and sensitivity.

We’ve enjoyed talking urology with you and hope you feel more at ease about the topic. Now go ahead and schedule an appointment with the Urology Associates of South Bend today!