What does a urologist do?

December 18, 2013

A urologist is a specialist who deals with problems of the urinary system which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and urethra.  In addition to the urinary system, a urologist also sees male patients for issues with erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and pain in the prostate or testicles.

There can be some confusion between a urologist and nephrologist, since both specialists treat disorders of the kidneys. While both specialists may work together on certain cases, a urologist will mostly take care of anything physically or structurally wrong with the kidney, usually surgically. A nephrologist deals more with kidney function medically. Urologists perform a variety of surgeries including kidney stone treatment, prostate removal, surgical treatment for prostate enlargement, kidney removal, removal of kidney tumors, circumcision, and vasectomy.

 

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