If you have a problem with your kidneys, bladder or urethra, you might require the expertise of a urologist. The ability to eliminate waste through your urine is a critical function of your body. Eliminating too much or too little urine can sometimes indicate a serious medical condition that requires the diagnosis of an urologist. On the other hand, a man having fertility problems would want to consult with an andrologist to rectify fertility problems.
An andrologist is a urologist that specializes in the male reproductive system. The andrologist receives this specialization after medical school, residency and certification as a urologist. Because the andrologist is also an urologist, he can also treat you for problems relating to your bladder or other organs involved with urination. Andrologists also commonly perform surgeries such as vasectomies.
An andrologist will typically perform an examination to determine the possible cause of your infertility and work to find a solution to the problem. Additionally, this doctor treats male impotence, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and other male-related sexual issues. An andrologist has more experience than most other doctors regarding the male reproductive system.
A urologist treats diseases or injuries related to the urinary system of both sexes. Urologists also commonly have specializations such as pediatric urology, neurourology, renal transplantation or urologic oncology. A urologist treats conditions such as bedwetting, frequent urination and congenital abnormalities. Additionally, urologists treat prostate, testicular and bladder malignancies or cancers. Urinary disorders can also indicate other underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke or neurological and prostate problems; a urologist can help to diagnose these disorders.
Both urologists and andrologists are specialized medical professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not differentiate between the compensation for medical specialties. However, as of 2012, the total medial annual compensation across all specialties was $396,233. Exact compensation will depend on where in the country the urologist or andrologist practices and the type of medical facility where he works.