Urology focuses on conditions related to the urinary tract system, including the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs that include the penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.
There are some urological conditions that are more common in women than in men, such as urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection. This is where female urology comes into play. Female urology concentrates solely on the diagnosis and treatment of urologic conditions that are most prevalent in females. The urologists that deal specifically with the urological problems in females are known as urogynecologists.
How Do You Know It’s Time To Visit A Female Urologist?
There are certain signs and symptoms that hint towards a building urological condition that may pose a threat to your health. These include,
Spotting blood in the urine
Immediate urination urges
Leakage of urine
Pain in back and sides
Burning sensation while urinating
Having Urinary Tract Infections on a more frequent basis
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you immediately visit a urologist as it is extremely common in females to develop frequent urologic conditions.
Types of Urologic Conditions Seen In Women
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) – These are infections in the urinary tract caused by bacteria. It results in painful urination, blood in urine, excessive cramps, and even nausea. These infections can be recurring.
Urinary Incontinence – A person with UI experiences leakage of urine by accident. It is more common in women. There are two types of Urinary Incontinence.
1) Stress Incontinence – this usually happens when an individual is either laughing, sneezing, coughing, or lifting heavy objects. Weakening of the pelvic floor is what causes stress incontinence.
2)Overactive Incontinence – this is caused by excessive contraction of bladder muscles and results in a frequent or urgent need to urinate.
Urinary Fistula – In this condition, the kidney, bladder, urethra, colon, and vagina are in an unusual connection. This results in the leakage of feces and urine. It is a rare condition and needs to be checked immediately.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse – This happens when pelvic organs such as the bladder have fallen off of their normal position. This is caused by the weakening of the woman’s muscles, skin, ligaments, and other supporting structures around her vagina. Age, genetics, or excessive straining are some factors that may cause this weakening.
Pelvic Floor Pain - This is usually caused by childbirth, surgery, or sexual trauma and results in chronic pelvic pain
Kidney Stones – When minerals and salts in urine clump together, it causes kidney stones that can vary from the size of a grain to a golf ball. While some stones can be passed with urine, some may require surgery.
Polycystic Kidney Disease - Growth of multiple cysts in one or both kidneys.
Other urological conditions that are fairly common in women include painful bladder syndrome, hydronephrosis, chronic kidney disease, and several urologic cancers.
Some factors that are more likely to cause urologic diseases in women are,
frequent sexual relations with different partners
blocked urinary tract
recent urinary surgery
a salt-rich diet
Diagnosis of Urologic Conditions
Just to be sure what urologic condition an individual might be suffering from, the doctors at CARE Hospitals offer state-of-the-art diagnostic services.
The first step of diagnosis involves blood tests and urine sample collection. Doctors also use imaging tests, such as pyelogram, cystography, CT scan, ultrasound, etc. These provide an insight into the urinary tract and help in the identification of any blockages, tumours, or other abnormalities.
What diagnostic test an individual has to go through depends completely on the type of symptoms shown by them. Tests like cystometry and urine flow tests allow your doctor to know if your urinary function is normal or not. Our doctors are well-experienced in identifying the symptoms and recommending tests accordingly, so you do not have to worry about the diagnostic tests being exhausting.
Urologic Treatments Offered At CARE Hospitals
CARE Hospitals offer treatments that are of international standards, so you know you are in good hands. Some of these treatments include,
Nephrectomy – This is surgery in which your surgeon removes either your kidney or a portion of your kidney. This is a life-saving procedure in individuals diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Pyeloplasty - The surgical reconstruction or repair of renal pelvis which helps in the drainage and decompression of the kidney is known as pyeloplasty.
Ureteral Reimplantation Surgery – Through this surgery, your doctor will fix the tubes that connect the bladder and kidneys. This helps resume an individual’s normal function, which otherwise may lead to serious kidney issues.
Uro-oncology – This includes the diagnosis and treatment of several cancers of the female urinary tract.
Renal transplant – This is the treatment given to individuals facing kidney failures due to being on the end stage of renal diseases. Recipients can either receive a healthy kidney from either a living or deceased donor.
Cystectomy – Cystectomy or Radical Cystectomy is the surgery to remove the bladder, uterus, ovaries, and part of the vagina in women. This helps in the treatment of bladder cancer and other pelvic tumours.
Surgery for stress incontinence
VVF Repair – Used to treat the abnormal opening between vagina and bladder causing continuous urinary incontinence.
Apart from these treatments, CARE Hospitals offer a number of other procedures and diagnostic services as well. We make sure you face no inconvenience when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of your urologic conditions.
How CARE Hospitals Can Help
The Institute of Urology at CARE Hospitals houses all-inclusive medical care when it comes to diagnosing and treating any and all female urologic conditions. Our team is highly experienced in the field and is backed by advanced equipment and technology required to make the treatment of your condition convenient for you.
CARE Hospitals offer expertise in all the aspects of female urology and make sure all your concerns are addressed in a professional manner. Our team makes sure you are at peak comfort when being treated at CARE Hospitals by maintaining a friendly and positive environment.
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