Description

What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the urinary system in females and the genitourinary system (urinary system plus genital organs) in males.

The urinary system is made up of the:
  • kidneys (where urine is formed from material filtered out of the blood)
  • ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
  • bladder (a balloon-like organ that stores urine)
  • sphincter muscles (muscles around the opening of the bladder into the urethra)
  • urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside of your body).

The male genital organs include the penis, scrotum and prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis and in front of the rectum. The urethra passes through the center of the prostate.

A doctor who specialises in disorders of the urinary system and also the male reproductive system is known as an urologist. A doctor who specialises in kidneys and their function is called a nephrologist.

Referral Expectations

The Urology Service admits patients for a wide range of interventional and diagnostic procedures from large bladder reconstructive surgery to small day cases. Patient through-put is generally quick, ranging from one to two days.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) More

  • Bladder Cancer

    What causes bladder cancer is not always clear, but the risk of developing bladder cancer can be increased by smoking, getting older, long term bladder problems and unsafe exposure to aniline dyes which are used in some industries.… More PDF

  • Cystoscopy

    Cystoscopy More

  • Haematuria

    Haematuria (blood in urine) More

  • Kidney (Renal) Failure

    Kidney Disease - Renal Failure More

  • Kidney Stones

    Kidney Stones More

  • Prostate Cancer

    Prostate Cancer More

  • Prostatitis

    Prostatitis More

  • Proteinuria

    This term means protein in the urine and may indicate that there is a problem with your kidneys. More

  • Urinalysis

    Urinalysis More

  • Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary Incontinence More

  • Urinary Retention

    Urinary retention, or abnormal holding of urine in the bladder, is a common urological problem.… More

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) More

  • Urodynamic Tests

    Urodynamic tests measure the storage of urine in the bladder and the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra.… More PDF

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital

Northland

Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 11:27AM on October 10, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Urology.