A urologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate the genitourinary tract, which includes the kidneys, urinary bladder, and genital structures in men and women, and the prostate and testicles in men.

Urologists can evaluate the function of these structures, treat the conditions and diseases that can affect them and their normal operation, and has the medical and surgical tools to optimize their function and enhance an individual's quality of life. Urologists can help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate problems, urinary incontinence, and related conditions. Since many conditions affecting the genitourinary tract can affect men and women of all ages as well as children, urologists have the opportunity to take care of all people.

Source: MedlinePlus and American Urological Association

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Recommended Reading

Urology Care Foundation
The foundation of the American Urological Association has a patient information section, including common conditions, patient support and a doctor search feature.

American Board of Urology
Explains the process of certification for this specialty.

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