What is a urologist?
What does a urologist do?
For males, a urologist can help with conditions involving the penis, prostate, seminal vesicles (glands that create and store seminal fluid), testes and the epididymis (tubes that store and transport sperm).
A urologist will have a medical degree and specialist training. They will also need a fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to complete their professional status.
While some urologists are generalists, others specialise in particular areas, for example male infertility or paediatric (children’s) urology.
What does a urologist do?
A urologist will carry out tests to diagnose patients with issues relating to the urinary tract or male reproductive system.
They will provide treatment, which could take the form of medication or surgery depending on the issue. They can also provide counselling and techniques for managing a patient’s condition, particularly if it is long-term.
Urologists see patients with a broad spectrum of conditions, from persistent urinary tract infections to cancer to prostate problems associated with ageing. They see men, women and children, too.
When to see a urologist?
You are likely to need the services of a urologist if you are affected by one of these conditions:
• Urinary tract infections that are persistent and need specialist input
• Painful bladder syndrome
• Male infertility
• Erectile dysfunction
• Cancer of the urinary system or the male reproductive system
• Kidney disease
• Enlarged prostate, which affects one in three men above the age of 50
This list is not exhaustive however it covers ailments that urologists commonly treat.
How much does a urologist cost?
The cost of seeing a urologist in Australia varies depending on what the appointment is for and where you go for your consultation.
If you receive treatment in a public hospital or facility using Medicare, your care will be free. But if you use private health insurance, you may be responsible for the cost of some of the care.
Urology fees vary widely across Australia. According a Sydney Morning Herald 2019 study, urology surgeons in NSW charged $7,049 in out-of-pocket fees compared to $4,110 in Victoria and $1,579 in Tasmania.
It makes sense to check with your urologist what your out-of-pocket costs will be before you attend your appointment so you can budget accordingly. You should also check whether you need a referral from another healthcare professional.
How do I find a urologist?
If you have recently developed urinary tract issues, if you are male and have problems with your reproductive system, an enlarged prostate or one of the conditions mentioned in the When to see a urologist section above, your GP will likely refer you to see a urologist.
Finding the right specialist is an important step in your treatment journey. You can search for urologists in your preferred location on Whitecoat and read reviews and star ratings from past patients. You can also book appointments at the touch of a button.