Expert urology care in Richmond, Virginia
HCA Virginia urology centers in Richmond specialize in urinary and reproductive health in men and women.
Call (804) 320-3627 for more information, or make an appointment with a urologist online.
What is a urologist?
A urologist is a highly trained physician specialized in diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases involving the urinary and reproductive tracts. HCA Virginia urologists perform urological surgeries, manage patients’ urological conditions and treat sexual conditions, such as erectile dysfunction, in men.
When to see a urologist
Any of the following symptoms suggests a problem in the urinary tract. See a urologist if you experience:
- Blood in the urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Pain in the lower back, pelvis or sides
- Pain or burning during urination
- Urine leakage
- Weak urine flow or dribbling
Men who experience any of the following urological symptoms should also visit a urologist:
- Decreased sexual desire
- Lump in the testicle
- Trouble getting or keeping an erection
Urological conditions we treat
The complexity of the urinary and reproductive tracts can create many disorders and illnesses. HCA Virginia urologists work with in a multidisciplinary team of providers to treat a variety of urological conditions, including but limited to:
Cancer: Urological cancers can involve the bladder, kidneys and adrenal glands, as well as other parts of the urinary tract. In men, cancer may occur in the prostate, testicles or other parts of the reproductive system.
Erectile dysfunction (ED): Often a symptom of an underlying condition, erectile dysfunction occurs when the penis cannot achieve sufficient rigidity for sexual intercourse.
Incontinence: Incontinence is a malfunction in the urinary system that results in a loss of bladder control. It’s often caused by weakening of the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy.
Kidney disease: Damage to the kidneys can lead to swelling of the hands and ankles, high blood pressure and other symptoms. When the kidneys no longer work, kidney failure occurs, which can be fatal.
Kidney stones: Kidney stones are small, hard deposits of mineral and acid salts that form in the kidneys, affecting urination and causing extreme pain.
Male infertility: Male infertility can be the result of damage to the reproductive system or a variety of sperm-related disorders.
Painful bladder syndrome: Also called interstitial cystitis, this chronic inflammation of the bladder can cause mild to severe discomfort.
Prostatitis: Prostatitis is an infection or inflammation in the prostate, which can make urination or ejaculation painful.
Renal transplant: Following kidney failure, a kidney transplant is necessary to preserve life.
Urinary tract infection (UTI): Primarily affecting women, urinary tract infections occur when bacteria migrate from the digestive tract to the urethra. The infection causes abnormal and painful urination.
Diagnosis of urological conditions
Some mild urinary problems, such as urinary tract infections, can be diagnosed and treated by a primary care provider. However, a referral to a urologist is necessary for more serious problems.
HCA Virginia urology centers may use the following tests to identity and diagnose urological conditions:
- Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
- Cystogram (X-ray of the bladder)
- Cystoscopy (looking inside the urinary tract with a small scope)
- Urine tests
- Urodynamic tests (to measure the pressure and volume inside the bladder)
Treatment of urological conditions
Your urological treatment will depend on the type of condition you have. Our Richmond, Virginia urologists may suggest medical management (including medication) or surgery to treat your condition.
We may use any of the following medications to treat urological conditions:
- Antibiotics for infections
- Chemotherapy and hormone therapy for cancers
- Drugs that smooth the muscle of the bladder for urinary incontinence
- Phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors for erectile dysfunction
Surgery may be necessary to treat kidney stones, to remove a tumor or to remove part of or transplant a kidney. Surgery options at HCA hospitals in Virginia include:
- Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive surgery
- Laser therapy
- Open surgery
- Robotic surgery
Find a urologist or pediatric urologist in Richmond, Virginia
HCA Virginia’s network makes it easy to visit a urology center close to home. These four hospitals in the greater Richmond area specialize in urology:
HCA Virginia’s hospital network offers Consult-A-Nurse, a free service that connects you with an registered nurse or referral specialist to help you:
- Find a doctor and make an appointment
- Get answers to healthcare questions
- Register for classes and events