A Visit with a Urologist
First visits to any medical specialist are full of anxiety and panic. This is due to the fear of what decision will be made after the examination. This is also the same case when you are referred to urology by your primary care doctor. However you don’t have to panic if this is the case. This simply means that the problem in your urinary tract needs a further examination by a specialist for correct remedy. At this point, it is still not clear of the condition hence no need to jump into early conclusions by just observing the early signs. The urologist will perform a detailed physical examination to help find out the problem in urinary tract before recommending possible medications. We are going to look at preparation for and experience of first urologist exam into detail below.
Preparation for first urologist exam
Prior to making the first urologist visit, it is important to inquire what to bring with you during the examination; for example: the necessary documents to bring to the urology clinic. Some of the documents that you might be expected to bring with you to the examination include relevant medical examination indicating your health history. This is to help in finding out if there is any relationship between the past medical conditions with the current urinary tract complication.
Just like any other medical examination, the first stage involves paper work. The urologic specialist will ask you questions based on your condition while he or his physician assistant write down your responses. It is important to be open with the urologist about yourself in order to help in correct diagnosis. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, the patient might be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire in some instances. Always be candid and provide the best information you can.
The next stage involves urine examination. You will be required to provide a urine sample to be analyzed in the lab. Ensure that you previously ingest sufficient fluids in order to be able to provide the sample. Depending on the situation, some specialist may require you to provide urine samples taken at different intervals for the past 24 hours.
Be prepared to handle questions about your medical history, especially on the prevailing urinary tract condition. In addition to what you previously provided about yourself, you may be required to fill out more questionnaires, answer questions related to the health history of your family and any other body organ infection that could be the cause for urinary tract infection.
The urologist will then conduct a genitourinary physical examination. This refers to inspecting different parts of the urinary system and reproductive system as well. Depending with the symptoms, the specialist might examine other body organs to evaluate the condition. Different medical devices and imaging equipment might be used by the specialist to help in obtaining better viewing of the condition. Don’t be surprised to have the urologist refer you get an MRI, X-ray, or ultrasound. It is important to remain calm and follow of the specialist directions while being examined.
The urologist will then discuss the genitourinary examination results with you and establish the best medication and/or solutions. Mild infection on its early stages can easily be handled using medication and subsequent visits to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. In other cases, the urologist can recommend further secondary examinations like sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, or cystoscopy to examine the internal organs. Cells from the organs can also be extracted for further analysis via biopsy. Keep your mind open when discussing the treatment alternatives and ask questions on the benefits and impacts of different treatment alternatives.
In some instances, a surgical operation might be recommended as the best remedy alternative. If this is the case; the patient is made aware of the situation and procedure to be followed prior to the surgery. Stay calm and avoid panic if this is the case. Take courage and remained focused on using the best solution to your situation and how to cope up with the problem.
After the first urologic examination
After the first urology examination, you will definitely come out a different outlook compared to how you walked in. The in-depth experience with the urology physician will most likely unnerve you but the big shock will be on accepting the results. The results can be life changing but it is just the start of the journey. No matter the outcome or urologist recommendation, ensure that you follow all medical recommendations and advice.
It is important that you keep a log of your health before and after the first urology examination. This is in order to help in detecting any change in the early symptoms and any improvements after medication/procedures. Depending on the progress, come up with questions or any concern that you need the specialist to clarify during your next visit.
Ensure that you take the prescribed dosage of the medication as recommended by the urologist. Antibiotics are recommended for most urinary tract infections. A change in lifestyle habits might be recommended in order to encourage ease of recovery and avoid any subsequent infections. This include changes like regulated alcohol intake, regular exercising and/or observing a healthy diet. Have a positive view on the recommended lifestyle change in order to obtain best results within the shortest time possible.
Subsequent visits to the urologist after a given period of time is recommended in cases that require close monitoring. However, it is not a must to wait until the lapse of recommended time in order to make a visit. In case you experience sharp pain or worsening of the condition after taking the medication, you should seek immediate help from the urologist. Ask questions or inquire about changes that you have noticed before and after treatment during the subsequent visit. Be open and honest to your doctor; don’t keep any secret since it will make it hard to treat the condition.
When surgery is the solution, ensure that you follow the recommended early preparations prior to the surgery date. If this is too be an organ transplant, prepare yourself by reading various reference materials, such as:
Taking counseling classes will also help you cope with the situation and accept the reason why you have to face the surgery. Blood tests and other physical examination will be conducted after the surgery to find out if the situation has been handled.