Anyone whether male or female can develop heath related problems. Though most of us visit doctors, only a few among us knows how to get the most out of our visit. We follow blindly what the doctor says and never really ask too many questions. Though one should believe in the ability of the doctor, on the other hand, one must know how to get most from your visit to the urologist.
Best approach for consulting an urologist:
If you have to visit urologist due to some reasons then you should prepare a list of doubts to vaporize and series of questions to ask from him. The following questions and tips will help you get maximum out from the appointment. Here the points listed to get started:
1) Be detailed in conveying medical history
Doctor can help you only if you tell the doctor as many things as you can in a as detailed and specific manner as possible. Tell them how many times you urinate a night? If you feel a burning sensation or pain while urinating? Has blood ever come in your semen or urine? Is it hard for you to urinate? Always remember, doctor will be making his assumptions or offering you best option in terms of treatment on the basis how correctly, precisely and in a detailed manner you convey your problem to him.
2) Describe your life style
Do not hesitate to tell about sex life with partner as these things will only help a doctor in offering you the best treatment option. Do tell doctor about your martial status, how active you are and of how much importance your sex life to you after the treatment and how this problem is creating problems in your life currently.
3) Ask a series of questions
Even doctor knows there are countless questions and doubts hitting your brain every second. On the instance, you hardly recall few questions and many things remain unanswered. So it is always a better option to pen down the series of questions / doubts and clear them when you visit doctor. Though the questions vary from person to person but a few common are listed out here:
If you have prostate cancer:
a) Is my prostate enlarged?
b) If I do not have prostate cancer then why are the same symptoms showing?
c) Do I have prostate cancer?
d) At what stage is my prostate cancer (if you have)?
e) If I have prostate cancer, will my testicle removed or can be treated?
f) How the problem does arose?
g) If it is not the cancer, what are you basing this judgement on?
h) What if on later stages, it is discovered I do not had cancer?
a) Will my age, health and medical condition affect treatment?
b) Are my symptoms general or require specific treatment?
c) If do not like to receive treatment, what can be the consequences (short term and long term)?
d) What are the various treatment options available to me?
e) What is the best treatment option available to me?
f) What are the benefits and side effects (if any) of these treatment options?
g) Which treatment options will be best suited to my life style?
h) What kind of tests will be done?
i) What these tests will tell me about my condition?
j) How much I need to pay for the various treatment options?
k) Will the treatment options have any effects on my ongoing medication (if any)?
l) Does treatment requires surgery or can be just treated with medication?
If surgery is only the option:
Pre surgical questions you need to ask:
a) Do I need to get hospitalized, for how long if treatment requires surgery?
b) Can changing my routine help me to overcome the disease?
c) What type of anaesthesia will be given? General or Local
d) For how many hours will the operation continue?
e) What kind of operation will it be? Major or minor?
f) Will sutures or staples be used and for what reasons?
g) Can I get measurement of my LH levels and testosterone before my surgery?
h) Can you recommend a second option for me?
i) If I need my records, X-rays or scans, then whom should I contact?
j) Can I cross consult your judgement with other doctors?
k) What will be the cost for surgery and hospitalization?
Post surgery questions:
a) How I will feel after the surgery (if surgery is only the alternative)?
b) Will surgery affect my sex life afterwards?
c) What extra precautions I need to take while treatment is going on?
d) How much recuperation period is required after the treatment?
e) Under what circumstances the symptoms (if treatment for which you opt for does not provide permanent cure)?
f) What of kind of medication will be available for post
g) Should I rub vitamin E on scar?
h) Can I resume my daily activities after the treatment, the way I use to carry at present?
i) Will the surgery affect my working capability?
j) Can people make it out I have undergone surgery?
k) If I develop post operative problems after the surgery will be over, who will look after this?
l) Which side effects which I should report immediately?