A urologist diagnosis and treats any condition related to the urinary tract, including the bladder and kidneys. While some patients visit their primary doctor for these issues, a urologist can quickly get to the root of the problem.
Urologists complete an undergraduate degree and then medical school, like all doctors. Their residency programs include surgical training and last five or six years, and are followed by clinical training in urology. Fellowships allow a urologist to focus in on a specific branch of urology.
There are a lot of urological conditions that are common as patients age, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t treatable. For example, many women suffer from urinary incontinence as they age. But women don’t have to continue to live with it.