Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Diagnoses or treats diseases or disorders of genitourinary organs and tracts including erectile dysfunction (ED), infertility, incontinence, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, urethral stones, or premature ejaculation.
- Documents or reviews patients' histories.
- Orders and interprets the results of diagnostic tests, such as prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening, to detect prostate cancer.
- Performs abdominal, pelvic, or retroperitoneal surgeries.
- Examines patients using equipment, such as radiograph (x-ray) machines and fluoroscopes, to determine the nature and extent of disorder or injury.
- Treats lower urinary tract dysfunctions using equipment such as diathermy machines, catheters, cystoscopes, and radium emanation tubes.
- Prescribes or administers antibiotics, antiseptics, or compresses to treat infection or injury.
- Provides urology consultation to physicians or other health care professionals.
- Treats urologic disorders using alternatives to traditional surgery such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, laparoscopy, and laser techniques.
- Directs the work of nurses, residents, or other staff to provide patient care.
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