Dr. Drew Fehsenfeld, MD PhD

Dr. Fehsenfeld

What an Urologist Does and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore This Doctor

Most of the doctors whom men who want to check their health status should contact, for example, as part of a medical examination, don’t make anyone raise any questions. A cardiologist is responsible for the heart, a gastroenterologist for the gastrointestinal tract, and so on. Only the name “urologist” in the list of doctors causes embarrassment in men. What does this doctor do? Should young men visit urologists, or are they more interesting for the elderly?

In fact, like a doctor of any other specialty, an urologist is best visited for preventive purposes. The male urologist solves such problems of patients as the treatment of diseases of the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, adrenal glands, external genitalia, as well as the prostate gland. An urologist is treated with such diseases as inflammatory processes of the genitourinary system – cystitis, urethritis, urolithiasis and other ailments of the kidneys and adrenal glands, injuries and neoplasms localized in the bladder and urinary tract. In addition to these most obvious conditions, the urologist also solves problems such as pathologies and defects of the male genital organs, pathologies of the prostate gland, infertility, erectile dysfunction, age-related erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

It is not common for men to complain, often they prefer to endure pain and inconvenience and ignore such a delicate doctor as an urologist. However, in a good way, this doctor should be visited twice a year, even if the man is young and nothing bothers him. Statistics show that every second man over 40 years old has signs of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and more than 45% develop chronic prostatitis by this age. Moreover, there are two types of male diseases that are almost asymptomatic in the early stages: prostate cancer and prostate adenoma. These diseases can only be detected by a doctor during an examination. Also, don’t adhere to such a delusion as the fact that erectile dysfunction is not treated. Don’t be ashamed to contact an urologist if you notice problems with potency – today medicine treats almost everything!