Any “first” can bring feelings of uncertainty and trepidation, and a first visit to the urologist is no different. Whether your primary care physician has referred you, or you’ve decided to make an appointment on your own, knowing what to expect during your first urologist visit can go a long way in easing the fear of the unknown.
In most cases, the first appointment is a chance for your new specialist to learn all they can about your medical history and the symptoms you are experiencing. Take the mystery out of your first visit by knowing what you can expect:
- You’ll be asked to provide a urine sample, so try not to show up to the office with an empty bladder. Some urological conditions may prevent you from being able to hold urine, so inform the office staff when you are ready to provide a sample.
- Be prepared to share your detailed medical history during your first visit. You may be asked to fill out questionnaires that help assess the nature of your symptoms, give information on the medical histories of family members, and provide a list of all current medications, among other things. Whenever possible, complete required forms ahead of time and be prepared with the information you’ll need to make the most of your first appointment.
- Your urologist will perform a physical exam. The exam will concentrate on the genitourinary system – including the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, urethra, and reproductive organs – but can also include other systems as well. Depending on your symptoms, additional tests may also be performed to help your urologist make their evaluation.
- Following the exam, your urologist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This might mean prescribing medications, additional testing, or recommending a surgical procedure. You may want to consider preparing a list of questions to bring with you to discuss.
Don’t let the fear of the unfamiliar keep you from taking charge of your health. With these expectations in mind, you’ll be ready to face your first urologist appointment without any doubts.