Urology in Kenya
Urology (genitourinary surgery) is the branch of medical science dealing with the urinary tract system of male and females as well as male reproductive organs. Urologists deal with organs such as adrenal glands, kidneys, bladder, urethra, ureters and the entire male reproductive system. Urologists are involved in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases in the aforementioned organs including urinary tract infections, stress incontinence, kidney stones, congenital abnormalities, cancers of the kidney, bladder, ureters, prostate, adrenal glands, penis and testicles, and skin diseases affecting the regions around the urinary tract system and the male reproductive system. Urologists often work together with other specialists in their day-to-day business such as dermatologists, gynecologists, and oncologists among others.
In Kenya, the practice of urology began as part of general surgical procedures. The early 1970s saw first concentrated effort in the study and practice of urology by Dr. Green. Later, others began majoring in the field forming the first set of specialists including Mr. Benjamin Obonyo, the late Nelson Awori, Dr. Joseph S. Oliech and the late Dr. Simon Kagiri Ndirangu. These specialists worked together to perform the first successful kidney transplant in 1978.
When to visit a urologist
You should visit a urologist as soon as you suspect a problem with your urinary tract or reproductive system for males. Some of the signs that you need to visit a urologist include erectile dysfunction, leaking urine, blood in the urine, lower abdominal pain, a testicular mass or pain, decreased sexual desire, infertility, urine retention, difficulty when urinating and frequent urination. Doctors may also refer you to a urologist due to increased levels of Prostate Specific Antigen, abnormal pelvic exam, kidney abnormality and kidney stones.
Visit a urologist as early as possible helps in the early detection of problems and helps in the management and treatment of these conditions. Men are also advised to have yearly checkups for prostate cancer screening.
What to expect when visiting a urologist
When your doctor detects the presence of a urinary tract problem or issues with the male reproductive system, they may refer you to a urologist. Your first visit to the urologist may involve several tests and paperwork. You will need to present your medical history, any medication you are using, previous image studies such as scans and x-rays, after filling out the necessary paperwork, you will be required to provide your urine sample, a physical exam of the genitals, pelvic exam in women, prostate assessment, an MRI scan, a CT scan and also a sonography.
Urologists in Kenya
Kenya has some urologists who have set up their practices or work in urological units of other hospitals. To qualify as a urologist in Kenya, one needs to attend medical school after which they take five years of residency. Three of the years are reserved for training, and during the last two years, the residents are allowed to perform general surgical procedures. Major Kenyan hospitals have urological units in them. To practice urology, one requires being licensed by the medical board. Urologists have their own registered association- the Kenya Association of Urological Surgeons, whose members include all qualified practitioners in urological surgery.
Some of the urologists in Kenya include Dr. Kassim Abdalla Abdullah, Dr. Sundeep Kishor Chavda, Dr. Samuel Ombui Bwomengi, Dr. Adung’o James Ikol, Dr. Aideed Kahie, Dr. Fred Kambini and Dr. Ben Kanina among others.