Sometimes it is a leak caused from a sneeze, cough or laugh; other times, it’s discomfort or the sight of blood while urinating. These conditions and more are reasons patients decide it is time to see an urologist.
An urologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate the genitourinary tract, which includes the kidneys, urinary bladder and genital structures in men and women, and the reproductive organs in men.
St. Francis Family Health Care is happy to announce the establishment of an urology clinic at its Maryville Medical Building’s location. John Riordan, MD, offers an outpatient urology clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He also performs surgeries at St. Francis Hospital the afternoons of his clinic days.
“Here at our Maryville clinic, we’re able to diagnose, treat and manage urological disorders in both men and women,” explains Dr. Riordan. “These may include such organs as the kidneys, adrenal glands, urinary bladder, urethra, prostate, seminal vesicles and epididymis.”
The clinic treats patients with kidney stones, incontinence, impotence, erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infection (UTI) and other conditions.
“We see all age groups,” says Dr. Riordan, “and it’s easy to get in – there is no wait for appointments.”
Some of the conditions treated by Dr. Riordan include kidney stones, pelvic pain, infertility, incontinence, bed wetting or in need of revision of circumcision as well as other problems of the bladder, prostate, and kidneys.
Treatment for genitourinary tract problems can involve medications, surgery or physical therapy. In many cases imaging studies, such as CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI, are needed as part of the evaluation process.
According to the National Institute of Health’s Kidney and Urology Diseases Clearinghouse, more than 10 percent of people, or more than 20 million, ages 20 years and older in the United States have chronic kidney disease.
For an appointment to see Dr. Riordan or more information on signs and symptoms of genitourinary tract, call St. Francis Family Health Care at (660) 562-2525.