Maybe you have decided it is time to find a new urologist. Or perhaps you are a new patient and are looking for a suitable urology clinic. Whatever the reason for looking for a new urologist, this task is a very challenging one, especially trying to find one who knows about Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome or IC/BPS.
To start with, people need to know what type of urology help they are looking for. Are they looking for a national, regional, or just a local one? Local urologists can be very helpful when it comes to managing treatment, but some of them do not have a good idea about Interstitial Cystitis and modern therapies.
As a matter of fact, there are still experts who do not believe Interstitial Cystitis actually exists in the medical world. Local experts are usually the first stop for patients experiencing Interstitial Cystitis. But when people need more treatment than the local urologist can provide or find them greatly lacking when it comes to IC knowledge, people might need to look outside of their city or state.
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Regional specialists are traditionally found in bigger cities in their state. A lot of regional centers are offering a lot of knowledge about Interstitial Cystitis treatment compared to local ones. A lot of them are working in medical centers and involved in the latest studies.
But that is not always the case. If a person has a more complicated situation or striking out both regionally and locally, maybe it is time to consider specialists practicing their profession nationally. More or less a dozen medical clinics in the United States are known all over the country for treating IC.
If a medical center that is recognized nationally, is just 30 minutes away by car, consider making the drive to get a quality urology assessment and treatment plan. Once the patient has determined where to look for help, it is time to find out which experts are best for them.
Check the Interstitial Cystitis Network database
The Interstitial Cystitis Network compiled an excellent database of medical-based professionals from all over the world who know how to treat patients that suffer from IC. The database is an excellent place to find medical service providers that treat IC near you. The database will let people put in their zip code and the search radius they want to generate a list of professional urologists within that search radius.
Ask for any recommendations
Patients usually have excellent inputs when it comes to medical professionals they have seen. They can start with their friends and family members or people they know well who have seen a professional urologist in the area of the search and move on to ask in patient forums and groups. A lot of patients who have been dealing with Interstitial Cystitis, here and there will have invaluable input on who to hire and who to avoid.
Talk to your physician
The patient’s primary care physician is an excellent source for finding the right urologist for them. Primary care physicians work with a lot of specialists and usually has favorite ones that they would recommend and specialists they would recommend to stay away from.
They can be an excellent source of information if you are looking for a new urology specialist. It is an essential conversation, especially if the insurance company requires patients to have a referral from their primary care physicians to look for a urologist.
Check with the insurance company
While insurance companies cannot necessarily tell patients, which specialists are good for treating Interstitial Cystitis, it can tell patients, which service providers are in the patient’s network and which are not. And considering the cost of medical care in the United States, ensuring you have a service provider who is covered by your insurance plan is a good idea.
At least, people should know if they are going to pay the medical cost out of their pockets, and if the cost is worth it. Make sure to check the need for a referral from the family doctor in order for the urology specialist appointment to be covered.
When you call the clinic to make an appointment with the new urologist, you have to take note of how the call was handled. Is their staff very courteous and professional? Are they very helpful with every patient’s inquiry? If they are not, no matter how great the physicians may be, there is a big chance that they could be very difficult to get in them to get the necessary prescription refills when patients need them.
Instincts know best
If patients go to see their new physician and they have a bad feeling about them, make sure to listen to that instinct. If the physician is not listening to the patients, taking them seriously, or don’t know how to treat Interstitial Cystitis patients, then consider finding a new one. Some excellent medical professionals can manage this type of disease. Patients do not have to settle for someone who provides subpar services and is not trustworthy.