What does a Urologist do and how can they help me?
Simply put, a Urologist is a specialist who knows all about two parts of the human body: the male and female’s urinary tract and the male’s reproductive organs.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that are aren’t quite right in these areas, or worse, pain, a Urologist can help by investigating and reaching an accurate diagnosis.
Here’s just a few of the areas where a Urologist has expertise in and can help with:
Prostate cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
Prostate cancer can be a life-threatening disease, but, in many cases, it’s slow-growing. So, if you get a diagnosis early, you have a much higher chance of survival.No, prostate cancer is asymptomatic, BPH causes these symptom
Dr Phillip Katelaris, Consultant Urologist in Sydney has conducted research in the field of prostate cancer and established the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Centre can not only diagnosis prostate cancer, but also help with management, treatment and recovery.
Urologists at the top of their field will often have access to cutting-edge treatments. For example, a robotic prostatectomy involves removing the prostate gland with minimal invasion. Using an incredibly precise digital camera, the surgeon makes six small incisions and the patient is ready for discharge within 48 hours.
It’s the combination of technology and seasoned experience that can make all the difference in patient quality of life outcomes.
Prostate enlargement: surgery and treatment
An enlarged prostate, also known as BPH or benign prostate hyperplasia, is a common yet complicated problem. In fact, at least 50% of men over 60 suffer from it. Thankfully, it’s not cancerous, but it can make life pretty uncomfortable, causing the sufferer to run to the bathroom frequently. Additionally, it can lead to more serious problems, such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, incontinence and an inability to urinate.
If you’re suffering BPH and you want to minimise its interference in your life, your best bet is to make an appointment with a Urologist as soon as symptoms emerge. Through the latest medicines, diet and monitoring, he can help to make sure the issue doesn’t worsen, while helping you to live life to the fullest. Minimally invasive surgery is very effective.
Vasectomy and vasectomy reversal
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure, the goal of which is to prevent a male from reproducing as a result of sexual intercourse. The patient’s vas deferens are cut and tied together, which stops sperm from ejaculating. Sometimes, a patient goes through with this operation, but years later, wants it reversed i.e. a Vasectomy Reversal.
Although a safe and effective method of birth control chosen by some 10,000 Australian men yearly, vasectomy is a delicate procedure requiring precision and experience. In addition to 25 years’ experience, Dr Katelaris employs the safest and most innovative technological procedures in the field delivered with care and precision.
Reversal is 70% effective when done within 10 yrs from the vasectomy utilising microsurgery.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can plague a man’s sexual confidence and often be a core of relationship problems. It occurs when a male is unable to develop and keep an erection. There are many possible causes that it’s not always easy for the sufferer to work out what’s going on.
Sometimes, erectile dysfunction can even be a symptom of a broader sexual health issue. ED could also be a result of psychological issues or mix of issues affecting each other.
Rather than worry about the ‘what-ifs’, the best advice here is to speak to an experienced Urologist as opposed to letting negative thoughts simmer and plague other areas of your life. After much procrastination, men find it very liberating to speak to a professional about their ED and often wish they had done so sooner.
Urinary incontinence: assessment and treatment
Urinary incontinence refers to one’s inability to control one’s bladder. Like many other problems of the urinary tract, this may have many difference causes. But in many cases, it can be treated.
The patient should begin the process with a thorough assessment, taking into account factors like medical history, exercise patterns, medicines being taken, stress levels and so on. Once this has occurred, a Urologist can help to work out treatment strategies. These might include lifestyle changes, pelvic exercises, medications and medical devices.
Urinary incontinence is curable in many cases
Kidney stones: symptoms and signs
Do you suffer from acute pain in your groin or back? Do you urinate frequently? Have you ever seen blood in your urine? Do you feel like vomiting for no reason? Do you feel sick in the stomach often?
These symptoms could well mean that you’re suffering from kidney stones. Rather than living with such symptoms, let a Urologist work out what’s wrong. There’s a number of options for getting rid of kidney stones, from drinking water and taking medication to undergoing surgery.
Final word: Seek professional advice, avoid ‘Dr Google’!
As with all medical issues, it is always best to seek professional medical advice in all areas of urology. Mulling over ‘what-ifs’ and overly relying on ‘Dr Google’ won’t actually achieve anything. With over 25 years’ experience in urological practice in Sydney and abroad, Dr Katelaris can help. Dr Katelaris operates out of (3) locations in Sydney: his practice in Hornsby, Castle Hill, St Leonards with surgeries performed at renowned Sydney Adventist Hospital. Visit the Contact page for more details.