A urologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating problems that affect organs like the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and adrenal glands. Conditions often treated by urologists include urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, and cancers affecting the urinary tract and reproductive organs. Here at the Center for Sexual & Urinary Function, we invite you to learn more about what we offer!
What is a Cystoscopy?
A cystoscopy is a procedure performed to examine the inside lining of the bladder via the urethra. The doctor will insert a hollow tube with a lens (a cystoscope) up the patient’s urethra and carefully maneuver it towards the bladder. The patient will typically be have lidocaine gel such as Urojet instilled in the urethra for an anesthetic.
The urologist may order a cystoscopy to try to determine the cause of problems such as frequent urinary tract infections or blood in the urine. A cystoscopy can also help diagnose an enlarged prostate, bladder stones, or bladder cancer. The urologist may also perform a cystoscopy to treat certain conditions. For example, they can use the cystoscope to help them remove small tumors.
What is Urodynamic Testing?
These tests are performed to diagnose a variety of problems associated with urination or urine leakage. It will gauge the functionality of your bladder as well as the muscles of the pelvic floor. The tests involved are as follows:
- Uroflow – This test requires you to have a comfortably full bladder; it will evaluate the function of this organ by measuring the speed and amount of urine passed during a specific time.
- Cystometrogram (CMG) – this test determines how well your bladder contains urine. A catheter fills your bladder with sterile water, and your intra-abdominal pressure is measured.
- Pressure flow study – this reveals how well your bladder depletes itself. You will be requested to empty your bladder, during which your abdomen again will be measured.
- Electromyogram (EMG) – this measures the activity of the urethral sphincter muscle.
Contact Us to Get More Information
To learn more about what a urologist can do for you, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with the Center for Sexual & Urinary Function! At our convenient locations in Phoenix, Show Low, and Globe, our dedicated team of friendly professionals will be eager to explain your full breadth of options, address any questions or concerns you may have, and get you on the road to urinary and sexual health. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!