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Urologists are physicians who specialize in treating disorders, diseases and injury to the urinary tracts of males and females as well as the reproductive system of males. This specialty addresses the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, as well as the male reproductive organs such as the penis, testicles and prostate.
Urologists address the following issues common to both men and women:
Specific to mens health, urologists address the following issues:
Specific to womens health, urologists address the following issues:
Technology plays a large role with urology, as robotic surgery is often used to improve the outcomes of surgery involving the narrow urinary tract and other organs. The console is an ergonomically designed device that allows the surgeon’s movements to be translated into action utilizing robotic arms. The robotic arms have more degrees of freedom and precision than the human wrist.
For example, the traditional open prostatectomy in the past was associated with blood loss, significant pain for the patient, long hospital stays, high rates of urinary incontinence (urine leakage) and high rates of erectile dysfunction. New techniques and technology has significantly reduced the associated risks of surgery.
Where prostate cancer is involved, an outside radiation center may be used to target and treat cancerous cells.