Urology is the surgical speciality that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and on the reproductive system of males. Medical professionals specialising in the field of urology are called urologists and are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. The organs covered by urology include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate, and penis). Urologists are highly trained surgeons, and at Cambridge Urology Partnership all of the specialists are on the GMC specialist register and have specialist qualifications in urology.
In men, the urinary system overlaps with the reproductive system. In both sexes, the urinary and reproductive tracts are close together, and disorders of one often affect the other. Urology combines the management of medical (i.e. non-surgical) problems such as urinary tract infections, prostate problems (such as prostate enlargement and prostatitis), and erectile dysfunction, as well as surgical problems such as the surgical management of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney (renal) cancer, testicular cancer, enlargement of the prostate and treatment of kidney stones.
As urology involves the study of many organs and physiological systems, it can be broken down into subfields. At Cambridge Urology Partnership each of the urologists sub-specialise, meaning that you will be treated by a urologist who is a recognised expert in their field. This ensures that our patients receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments.