Urology involves the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the bladder, prostate, kidneys and urinary tract. Doctors in this specialty are surgeons called urologists.
Urinary and sexual problems can cause emotional as well as physical distress. Fortunately, many medical and surgical treatments are available that can help relieve and manage these health conditions. At Pacific Medical Centers, our urologists diagnose and treat a wide variety of male and female urological conditions, including kidney stones, cancer, erectile dysfunction, prostate problems and urinary incontinence.
Your urologist will do a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history. Then, when appropriate, your doctor may order other tests such as a urinalysis or a blood test. These can tell the doctor if infection is present or whether sugar or proteins are present, which may indicate diabetes or other problems involving the kidneys. More sophisticated tests such as a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered. These tests are noninvasive and not painful. Treatment depends upon the condition and may involve medication, surgery, behavior modification or observation. Whatever the condition, urologists at Pacific Medical Centers provide caring and comprehensive treatment.
If surgery is necessary, PacMed offers robotic-assisted urological surgeries using the da Vinci® system including:
- Kidney, prostate and bladder cancers
- Cystectomy (removal of all or some of bladder)
- Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney)
- Pyeloplasty (repair of kidney obstruction)
Read more about da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery here.
If you are considering a vasectomy, please watch the video below and download the vasectomy facts sheet. Your PacMed primary care doctor or urologist will be happy to answer your questions as you explore your options.