Many people can get nervous before seeing a urologist for the first time. However, the truth is that you have nothing to fear. Your urologist has dealt with many people who are likely in the same boat you are in, so you won't be shocking or surprising your doctor. Here are three things your urologist wishes you knew before your first visit.
There's No Need to Stress About the Urine Sample
Many people needlessly get stressed out about the urine sample you'll need to provide. To make things easier on yourself, don't go to the urologist's office with a completely empty bladder. You will need to provide a urine sample, so try to show up to office ready. Simply let the office staff know upon arrival that you are ready to provide a sample. You don't have to see the urologist before providing the sample. There's no need to be uncomfortable as you wait to be seen. On the other hand, if you go to the urologist's office and don't feel able to give a urine sample, that's alright, too. You can drink a soda or some water, then wait it out. It's easier if you come prepared, though.
Stop Endless Web Searches
Most people who have health issues cannot resist searching the web for a quick diagnosis for their medical symptoms. Unfortunately, individual problems can often be symptoms of many different diseases. It's easy to jump to worst case scenario conclusions when you just look online at blanket lists of symptoms, but, if you wait to see your urologist, you will be spared a lot of unnecessary worrying. Your urologist will likely be able to rule out many things during your visit, but you won't be doing either of you any favors if you already think you have your diagnosis figured out.
You May Need Another Recommendation
Yes, urology is a specialization itself, but there are several subdisciplines within the field of urology. Your urologist feels bad when this frustrates you, so it's better for you to know this ahead of time. Depending on your health care needs, you may receive a referral to a urologist who specializes in one of the following subdisciplines:
- Urologic oncology – If one has cancer of the male reproductive organs, it will be necessary to see a urologic oncologist. Luckily, a large variety of minimally invasive techniques is available to treat many of these types of cancers.
- Endourology – Urologists who specialize in endourology perform a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures that involve the urinary tract.
- Pediatric Urology - Kids who are suffering from urologic disorders or abnormalities may need to see this specialist.
- Neurology – This specialization involves the genitourinary system and the nervous system's control of it. Those who experience unusual urination, such as those with diseases like Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, may need this care.
Finally, keep in mind that your urologist is a medical professional who underwent many years beyond traditional medical school to specialize in this field. Urologists are concerned for your health and cares about your well-being. They won't be queasy. There's nothing you have to fear sharing with your urologist.