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Overactive Bladder: Why See a Specialist?

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Allie Lemco Toren

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Expert Answers About Overactive Bladder

Dr. Daniel Elliott answers the most common questions he hears about overactive bladder.
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Overactive bladder is a complex condition that affects everyone differently. That’s why all overactive bladder patients should follow unique treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. But your primary care doctor may not have all the information you need to manage your overactive bladder successfully.

That’s where specialists come in: an overactive bladder specialist, called a urologist, has the right skills and insight to help you stay in control of your overactive bladder. Here’s why:

1. A urologist completes extensive training in overactive bladder and is an expert in overactive bladder care.

A urologist is a physician who specializes in treating diseases related to the urinary tract. This system is involved in many aspects of human health, so urologists must train extensively to master this area of study. A urologist will have expertise in treating overactive bladder and other conditions related to the urinary tract system.

All doctors complete a training program called a residency after they finish medical school. But urologists receive considerable training beyond that. Urologists spend several additional years in a fellowship, during which they train under experienced urologists and focus on patients with overactive bladder and issues affecting the urinary tract system. At the end of this period, specialists are qualified to take an exam to become board-certified urologists. Look for a doctor who is board certified in urology, and you’ll know you’re seeing an expert. 

2. A urologist never stops learning about overactive bladder.

To maintain their board certifications, urologists must keep up with new developments in their field. They must complete continuing education and renew their licenses every few years, depending on the state in which they practice and other factors. By following these requirements, board-certified urologists stay on top of new treatments and discoveries about the mechanisms involved in overactive bladder, so they can then provide their patients with insightful, informed, and up-to-date treatment plans.

3. A urologist has extensive experience in treating overactive bladder.

Urologists see a higher volume and concentration of patients with overactive bladder, and thus are more experienced in treating the condition successfully. Because they see lots of patients with overactive bladder, they can add real-world knowledge of the disease to their academic and clinical training. They’re able to assess how well patients respond to certain treatments, have a deeper understanding of how overactive bladder progresses over time, share insight about effectively implementing lifestyle changes, and recognize symptoms that a general practitioner may miss, among other skills.

4. A urologist is a team player.

Urologists work with teams of other health care providers who treat patients with overactive bladder and can connect patients with pelvic floor therapists, psychologists, surgeons, and other experts in overactive bladder management. Working with a team can help patients address all aspects of the disease and ensure success.

5. It’s easy to find the right urologist for you.

There are thousands of urologists in the United States, so how do you know which is the right doctor for you? By searching on Healthgrades.com, you can identify the best urologist to help you manage your overactive bladder successfully.

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 11, 2017

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