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Some urological disorders can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing, while others have serious health consequences. Here are some facts about urological conditions that may surprise you:
- An estimated 34 percent of adults aged 20 or older say they have had at least one occurrence of a urinary tract infection or cystitis.
- Urinary incontinence affects an estimated 35 percent of women 65 years or older and 10 percent of women younger than 65 years of age.
- Twenty percent to 46 percent of men aged 40-69 self-report moderate or complete erectile dysfunction.
The urology department at The Polyclinic provides medical and surgical treatment for patients with a range of disorders and conditions of the urinary tract and urogenital organs, including kidney and prostate cancer and conditions of the prostate.
Our urology department has two convenient Seattle locations – First Hill and in North Seattle – where patients can see either a male or female urologist. Polyclinic urology specialists provide diagnosis and comprehensive surgical and medical treatment for these and a variety of other urological conditions:
- da Vinci robotic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and kidney obstruction
- Laparascopy, cryotherapy for prostate and kidney cancer
- GreenLight PVP laser prostatectomy (removal of the prostate by laser)
- Minimally invasive therapy for benign prostatic hypertrophy enlarged prostate
- Penile prosthetics for Erectile Dysfunction
- Male & female incontinence
- Kidney & urologic stone disease
- Voiding dysfunction
- Ureteral obstruction
- Urologic cancer
Would you like to see one of our urologists?
Our urologists are happy to see self-referred patients, though it can be best to see a primary care provider first to rule out other causes for your medical issue.
To make your appointment most productive, here are a few things the Patient Service Representative will ask about when you call:
- Do you have a primary care physician, here at The Polyclinic or elsewhere?
- If so, did they refer you to urology?
- Would you like us to set you up with a PCP so that you will have someone who can provide ongoing care, not only for this issue but for all your medical needs?
- Have you already received a diagnosis about your condition, and do you have those medical records? If so, what was your diagnosis?
- Have you had imaging or lab work done related to this condition, and can you bring those records with you or have them sent to us prior to your appointment?
- Have you received any previous treatment, surgeries or other interventions related to this issue?
- What can you tell me about your symptoms, how long you’ve been experiencing them, and if you’re taking any medications or undergoing treatment currently? (A full patient history will be taken at your first visit, but this information will help us connect you with the best physician for your needs.)
- Does it matter to you if your urologist is male or female?
- Would you like to be seen at our First Hill or Northgate clinic?
Once you’ve collected this information, please call the specialist’s office to speak to a Patient Service Representative.