Monticello Urology & Lithotripsy
Unlike Gynecologists, Urologists do not usually see patients for routine
checkups. You will most likely only ever need to see an urologist when
you have a bladder problem or fertility issues. Urologists treat conditions
in several areas of the body, including the bladder, kidneys, male reproductive
system, and urinary tract.
Urologists can help with:
Kidney stones – If you are experiencing severe pain in the lower abdomen, or having difficulty
urinating, a kidney stone may be cause. These are small mineral deposits
that occasionally crystallize in urine when nutrients are imbalanced.
You can sometimes pass them on your own, but often you will need a urologist
to help you break up the stone and manage the pain.
Prostate cancer – This is the second most common form of cancer, and urologists are one
of the first physicians you should see about treating it. Treatment varies
depending on what stage the cancer is in when it is diagnosed. Surgery
is often recommended, and urologists are some of the only medical professionals
familiar enough with this part of the body to perform the operation.
Infertility – For men having trouble conceiving, have an urologist perform a quick check
on your reproductive system. If they find an issue, they can recommend
treatment or surgery which can improve your chances of having a child.
The above list is not an exhaustive rundown of all the services a urologist
can render. Call (217) 762-6241 if you have any questions about our urology services.
Urology and Lithotripsy
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort from kidney stones, your
physician may refer you to Kirby Medical Center for a procedure called
Lithotripsy is a non-invasive method of breaking up kidney stones using
a device that produces shock waves. The shock waves are generated outside
the body by a lithotripter, and pass through the skin and body tissues
until they hit the stones, which are much denser. The impact of the shock
waves pulverizes the stones. The small particles pass through the urinary
tract and are eliminated from the body in the urine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, patients may call
Kirby Medical Center's Surgery Department at (217) 762-1680.