Procedures and Treatments

What are Urological Procedures and Treatments?

There are several different types of procedures and treatments for urological conditions. Treatment is specific to symptoms, the type of condition, and severity of the condition.

What are the Risks of Urological Procedures?

Your healthcare provider will discuss any risk associated with a urological procedure. Typically, urological procedures have minimal to no risk. Many of the more common procedures use a type of X-ray technology, which uses minimal amounts of radiation. This amount of radiation is usually harmless, but it is why your doctor will ask if there is any chance you might be pregnant. Some procedures may also increase your risk at developing a UTI. Consult with your healthcare provider regarding any concerns you may have about a specific procedure.

How to Prepare for Your Urological Procedure?

Your healthcare provider will discuss how to prepare for any urological procedure. Often, urological procedures are done on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions requiring an inpatient stay. Preparation will vary depending on the procedure. Some procedures require fasting, while others do not. Some procedures require someone else bringing you to the appointment and taking you home. Your healthcare provider will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding preparation for the procedure.

What to Expect during the Procedure?

Your healthcare provider will discuss in detail what to expect during your procedure. Urological procedures vary depending on what problems are being assessed. It is possible that your healthcare provider may recommend more than one urological procedure. Most urological procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Please discuss any concerns you may have regarding your procedure with your healthcare provider.

What to Expect after the Procedure?

What to expect after your procedure will differ depending on the type of procedure. Many procedures allow you to go back to your normal activities right away, while some may require time and rest. Sometimes it will be recommended to drink plenty of fluids to help flush any contrast dye. Any injection site should be monitored for swelling and redness. Additionally, it is often recommended to get up slowly from any scans you have done, to avoid dizziness and lightheadedness. Ask your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you have.