You may have reached the age that your general practitioner has advised you make your first annual appointment, or you may have been noticing strange symptoms you can’t ignore, but either way, your first visit to a urologist can be a nerve-wracking one. The most important thing to remember is that your urologist is here to make sure you are as comfortable and healthy as you can be! Read on to learn about what you can expect during your first visit to Arkansas Urology, and some great questions for first-timers to ask their provider.
A first-time visit to the urologist will almost always include a decent amount of paperwork which, along with your initial consultation, will be crucial in providing a complete and accurate view of your medical history. It is critical that you be as thorough and honest as you can in your medical history so that your provider can have an accurate understanding of your current health.
After your initial consultation, first time visits almost always include the providing of a urine sample, a physical exam and a provider recommendation. Your urologist may request you take additional imaging tests before providing a final diagnosis.
Regardless of how you got there, you will probably have some questions once you reach your urologist’s office for the first time. Which questions to ask at your first visit will vary greatly by diagnosis.
For the healthy patient, a check up is a great time for some one-on-one consulting with your urologist about what you can be doing now to ensure your health later. Ask about common health risks for someone your age, healthy lifestyle habits to lower your risk rate and what their professional opinions are on the effectiveness of these habits.
If you have received your first diagnosis, now is the time to more fully understand your illness and your treatment options.Your urologist will always be happy to explain any word, diagnosis or treatment you don’t understand, all you have to do is ask! You might think about discussing questions like, “What are some recovery and survival rate statistics for patients like me?”, “What habits can I change to further assist my treatment” and “What are all my treatment options?”
At Arkansas Urology, your health and comfort are our top priorities. We will do everything we can to ensure your first visit is as comfortable as it is informative. If you’ve been letting first-time anxiety keep you from our offices, know that early detection is key to effective treatment. We’re here to help! If you have any questions about your upcoming appointment, or would like to schedule a visit, give us a call at at 1-877-321-8452.