Why do I need a urologist?
Urologists are specialists in the male urinary and reproductive system. They are surgically trained physicians who have completed at least 5 years of intensive urology residency in Canada. Many urologic conditions have medical treatments, including erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infections, bladder dysfunction, and prostate enlargement, to name a few. When surgery is an option, our urologists will have the opportunity to either perform the procedure in our clinic, do the procedure in a hospital OR or refer you to a colleague if required in a large specialized center.
What are the common reasons someone sees a urologist?
Some of the most common presentations to a urologist include difficulties with urination, sexual dysfunction, testicular pain and hematuria (blood in the urine). If you are unsure if your issue requires a urology specialist please speak with your family doctor. If you are looking for a family physician in our clinic please click HERE to send an email and our staff will be in contact with you. If you do not currently have a family physician you can find one through Ontario's Online Portal or by searching the CPSO database.
Is there a cost to seeing a urologist?
Most issues specifically related to your health are covered by OHIP and have no extra fees associated. Some cosmetic issues or non-OHIP covered services (like circumcision) have fees associated with them. Please click HERE to let us know your question and our staff will get back to you.
I am having issues getting and keeping an erection. Do I need Vigara?
Erectile dysfunction is a complex and multifaceted issue. It could be related to mood, sleep, cardiovascular fitness, anatomical issues and/or hormonal issues. While medications may help some men, those with erectile dysfunction should see their family physician and determine if they need a urology visit to go through their issues. If the urologist suspects there is a cardiovascular, mood or hormonal component related to the dysfunction, we may have specialists within the clinic who can help.
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a straightforward, 30 minute procedure which is used as a birth control method. While possibly reversible, vasectomy is intended to be a permanent form of contraception. We do not recommend using vasectomy unless you are sure you do not want the ability to biologically father children. If you would like more information about vasectomy please click HERE and our staff will be happy to get back to you.
Am I awake during vasectomy?
Most vasectomies are done with the patient awake, under local anesthesia. If you decline local anesthesia or if the surgeon believes that local anesthesia with or without oral sedation will not be adequate for a particular patient, then vasectomy may be performed with intravenous sedation within our clinic.