Your first appointment
Learn what to expect during your first consultation with your Montage Medical Group urologist.
How to get care
Talk to your primary care provider (PCP) if you have symptoms of a urologic problem. Your PCP may do some tests or refer you to a urologist for specialized diagnosis and treatment.
Getting a referral makes sure you receive the care that’s right for you, your PCP stays up-to-date on your health, and your insurance plan covers part or all of your care.
What to bring
In order to evaluate your health and understand your history, we ask that you please bring:
- A list of all of your prescriptions
- A history of previous urologic procedures, surgeries, or diagnosis
- A list of other urologists you have seen and the results of any previous testing
- Your health history
How to prepare
Most office visits start with collection of a urine specimen. Please try to arrive with a full bladder.
What to expect
Our friendly staff will welcome you to our office and help you feel comfortable throughout your visit. You’ll fill out routine paperwork and questionnaires and may provide a urine sample or have other in-office tests.
Your first appointment will include a physical exam, where you may be asked to remove your clothes. Your doctor will ask questions about and review your medical history, what medications you take, and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff about this.
Digital rectal exam for men
If you’re a man, your urologist may perform a digital rectal exam (DRE). During this test, your provider inserts his or her index finger into your rectum to examine the size and consistency of the prostate, which is easily felt through the rectal wall.
Pelvic exam for women
Urologists often need to do a vaginal examination to determine the cause of urinary problems in women, especially incontinence, and difficulty voiding. You may need to have a small, plastic speculum placed into the vagina in order to fully examine the area. We strive to make this examination as quick, comfortable, and easy as possible, but we understand it can cause anxiety. Please feel free to discuss this with your provider. We take your privacy, comfort, safety, and dignity very seriously.
If you have a urine sample test during your first appointment, your doctor will share the results with you during the same appointment.
Your urologist may recommend further diagnostic tests to find the cause of your symptoms or determine the most effective treatment for your condition. Your test may take place during a separate visit at another location.
Planning your treatment
In a supportive environment, your urologist will provide expert recommendations to improve your quality of life, address symptoms, and protect your long-term health.
Your doctor will explain your various treatment options and their risks and benefits. Your treatment plan will reflect your diagnosis, priorities, and other factors. It may include:
- Lifestyle changes
Whatever course of treatment you choose, rely on our team for exceptional care and support every step of the way, so you can feel better as quickly as possible.