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How to Prepare Yourself for Your First Urologist Visit

Seeing the urologist is usually about as appealing as seeing the dentist for a root canal. Despite your discomfort, there can be life-saving reasons to visit a urologist regularly. Obtaining high-intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU for prostate cancer treatment is one. Adequate preparation for the visit will make the process smoother and help you be more comfortable with a better outcome.

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Here are some suggestions on what to accomplish before the visit:

  • Ask your referring doctor what results they hope to achieve with this visit.Consult the website of the urologist
  • for any information on what happens at a first visit and how you can prepare.
  • Research possible diagnoses you and your doctor have discussed. If you are being referred for a specific test, look up information on the testing procedure and the possible outcome.
  • Gather the paperwork for your first visit. This is usually insurance information, a list of all medications you take and dosages, and a medical history, if requested.
  • You should be prepared to give a urine sample.
  • There may be an internal exam; however, some doctors are finding this is not helpful and are not doing it. The doctor’s website should tell you if this exam will be performed or not.
  • If you are anxious about the internal exam, or DRE, find a description of the procedure so you know what to expect.
  • If you are expecting prostate cancer treatment, your physician will prepare you for this visit.
  • If the DRE causes major anxiety, share this with the physician’s nurse prior to the appointment. Sometimes the physician will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for use before the appointment.

If you spend some time collecting information as explained above, you should be well prepared for your visit with the urologist. You should be congratulated on taking an active role in your medical care. This is a gift to everyone who cares about you. Contact HIFU Medical Experts to make an appointment today.