Most of us take our urinary tract for granted until something goes wrong. Persistent infections, urinary incontinence, or prolapse of pelvic organs change life’s routines dramatically. At EMU Health, we provide state-of-the-art diagnostics, testing, and services that bring you back to full urological health and function.
Let’s look at what urology is and common urological problems.
What Is Urology?
Urology is the medical specialty that diagnoses and treats diseases and conditions related to the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. It also provides care for men’s sexual health related to the prostate, sexual dysfunction, male infertility, and more.
While urologists do work with obstructive issues related to the kidneys, these doctors leave the physiological problems related to the renal system to specialists called nephrologists. Nephrologists are the doctors to see hypertension related to the kidneys, acute renal failure, end-stage renal failure, dialysis, and kidney transplant procedures.
What Symptoms Take Patients to a Urology Clinic?
People see urologists because of a wide array of symptoms. These can include:
- Blood in the urine
- Dark, bad-smelling urine
- Difficulty voiding–pain, dribbling, urine stream which starts and stops–and other symptoms related to the prostate
- Incontinence, particularly when sneezing, coughing, or lifting
- Kidney stones
- Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to attain and keep an erection sufficient for intercourse
- Pelvic or vaginal heaviness or pain
What Services Does a Urology Clinic Provide?
The urology team at EMU Health offers high-quality care for acute and chronic conditions affecting the bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureters. Your urologist may also provide treatment for conditions affecting the reproductive organs and adrenal glands.
You can expect in-depth testing when you visit a urology clinic. A urologist may perform:
- Digital X-rays
- Lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis
- Ultrasonography of the urinary bladder
- Cystoscopy or insertion of a lighted viewing instrument to examine the interior of the urinary bladder
- CT scans of the kidneys and urinary tract
In addition, your urologist will work with your family physician and other healthcare providers to coordinate your urology care with other healthcare needs and treatments. Care plans can include urological surgeries, such as pelvic floor reconstruction, male urethra reconstruction, circumcision, female bladder sling surgery, and others.
The Urology Services at EMU Health in Glendale, NY
At EMU Health, we deliver top-notch urology care in a state-of-the-art setting. Our board-certified specialist Dr. Neil Grafstein is skilled in minimally-invasive surgical techniques and is a pioneer in reconstructive procedures, including those involving trauma to the male urethra. His surgical reconstructive practice includes continent urinary diversions, vaginal and pelvic floor reconstruction for female pelvic organ prolapse, and repair of genitourinary fistulae.
To know more about our services or to schedule your in-depth consultation, call us today at (718) 850-4368 or fill out our online appointment request form.