Last updated 18 September 2019
5 questions to ask when choosing the best urologist in Sydney
There may come a time when you need to seek the advice of a urological specialist: a physician who has the knowledge, skills and experience needed to help you with any problems affecting your urinary system or male reproductive organs.
Uncomfortable, unusual or painful symptoms in these areas mean that you need a highly qualified and experienced urologist who can investigate your condition, reach an accurate diagnosis and provide suitable treatment options that are at the forefront of medical innovation.
However, it can be a challenge to evaluate a urologist when you’ve never needed one before, especially one whose training, expertise and results make you feel as if you are in good hands.
So how do you know if you’ve found the best urologist? Here are five questions to ask to give you confidence in your choice:
1. Does the urologist provide comprehensive urology services?
Once you are referred to a urologist, it is important to know that they offer a comprehensive range of services designed to meet your urological needs. This is vitally important as there cross over areas a good urologist will be an expert in.
For instance, there is a high correlation of cancer surviving patients having Erectile Dysfunction and therefore seeing a prostate cancer specialist who sparingly deals with Erectile Dysfunction probably doesn’t give you a holistic solution.
Finding out what your potential urologist does will not only will ensure you get the very best care, but it will give you peace of mind that your health concerns are a priority.
Read more on what a urologist does and how they can help in a previous article here.
2. Will the urologist use latest medical processes and technology to get the best results?
It is in your best interest to know the procedures your urologist will use. If they adopt the latest innovations in technology, you should make sure that there are demonstrated results by the surgeon you are dealing with. You want a urologist who has extensive experience and success using these innovative and progressive technologies. You don’t want to be a guinea pig!
So don’t be afraid to ask for:
- Expected or unexpected complications of any treatment options presented to you
- Other options available to you
Be sure to check these aren’t general field results but those achieved by the surgeon.
3. Does the urologist participate in ongoing research and education?
A urologist who understands the latest advancements in technology, safety and most importantly, results, is at the cutting edge of their field. You need to ensure that continued learning is important to them, so that they are always at the top of their game. This is a vital component of what makes them the best.
4. Has the urologist won any recognised awards?
Recognition by peak medical bodies who are at the forefront of urology is a significant feature that you should look for in choosing the best urologist. Not only does this tell you that the urologist is an expert in their field, but that the medical community values their contribution.
Dr Katelaris has been awarded the Noel Newton medal from the Royal Australasian college of surgeons and the Keith Kirkland prize from the urological Society of Australasia.
5. Is the urologist a sought-after thought leader and medical commentator in the community?
If a urological surgeon is regularly invited to appear as an expert in their field, you can be assured that their experience, knowledge and skills are what got them there.
The best urologist in Sydney?
So with these questions in mind, who is the best urologist in Sydney?
Well the answer to that of course will be subjective however as far as comprehensive services, latest processes & results, ongoing research, recognition and thought-leadership go, Dr Phillip Katelaris occupies the standing with a select few.
Dr Katelaris provides comprehensive urology services specialising in a variety of innovative treatments regarding prostate cancer, prostate enlargement, vasectomies, vasectomy reversal, incontinence, bladder cancer, kidney stones and erectile dysfunction.
Dr Katelaris also performs all surgeries using the latest advancements, processes and technologies to ensure excellent results, minimal risks and most importantly, quality of life.
Trained in robotic prostate surgery in the United States, Dr Katelaris introduced it into his practice for carefully selected patients. In using Robotic Surgery, Dr Katelaris aims to achieve three goals of radical prostate cancer surgery: cure of the cancer, preservation of continence and preservation of erectile function.
To learn more about the advances in prostate cancer treatment and find out how it works, check out the Robotic Prostatectomy page for more info.
Dr Katelaris believes that ongoing medical education is paramount to modern surgical practice. He regularly attends and presents at national and international conferences specialising in the latest advancements in urological and surgical practice and technologies.
He has also conducted research in the field of prostate cancer, particularly with respect to the application of magnetic resonance imaging technology for early and accurate diagnosis.
In terms of participating in the urological education field, Dr Katelaris has been involved in the medical education of undergraduates and surgical registrars and he frequently lectures general practitioners on all aspects of urological care.
A well-known thought leader and sought-after medical commentator, Dr Katelaris has also appeared frequently in the media and as a guest speaker on:
- 2UE’s Health Check with Tim Webster, discussing erectile dysfunction
- Steve Price’s Health Matters Show
- Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia as a Keynote Speaker espousing: ”Rehabilitation after prostate cancer treatment is just as important as treating the cancer because it is all about the quality of life”
- Featured in Medical Observer, discussing management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men
Dr Katelaris has also received awards for his outstanding service and recognised excellence in surgery across Australia and New Zealand. He was awarded the highly respected Keith Kirkland Prize from the Urological Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Sir Alan Newton Surgical Education Medal from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Katelaris operates out of three locations in Sydney his practice in Hornsby, Castle Hill and St Leonards and he also performs surgeries at the renowned Sydney Adventist Hospital.
For further information about Dr Katelaris and his extensive experience in urological practice and surgery please explore the website. You can also make an enquiry or request a second opinion on the contact page.