Choosing the right urological surgeon is an important first step towards proper diagnosis, treatment (which might include surgery) and continuum of care. Here is a guide on questions to ask and what to look for when selecting a urology specialist.
Firstly, who are urological surgeons and what do they do?
Urology surgeons are medically-trained specialists who can evaluate and treat a range of conditions relating to the urinary and reproductive system, which includes kidneys, ureters, bladder and genital structures in men and women.
A urologist will have a medical degree with specialist training and requires a fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to practice. While some urologists are generalists, others specialise in particular areas, such as urological oncology or erectile dysfunction.
How do I know if I need a urological surgeon?
Some of the main reasons people need the help of urological surgeons is for enlarged prostate, painful bladder, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, urinary cancer and kidney disease.
How to choose a urological surgeon?
Your GP will likely refer you to a urological surgeon to diagnose and treat your urological needs. You can ask your GP or primary care doctor to provide you with a referral list of urologists.
From this list, you should consider the urological surgeon’s credentials and experience and whether he/she specialises in specific conditions.