About Dr Salim Choonara
Specialist Urologist in Johannesburg
Dr Salim Choonara
Dr Choonara is a specialist consultant urologist at the Netcare Milpark and Garden City Hospitals in Johannesburg. He has more than a decade’s experience in the field of urology, with a special interest and training in endourology and one of a few urologists internationally trained to perform this intricate surgery. He also holds a diploma and training in robotics and laparoscopic surgery and oncology.
Johannesburg based Specialist Urologist
- Do you experience pain or difficulty when urinating?
- Are you experiencing sexual dysfunction?
Urologists are best trained to treat any condition involving the urinary tract in men and women, as well as the male reproductive system and sexual health.
If you have never visited a urologist before, you might be wondering what to expect.
What is Urology? Watch the video to find out
“What to expect when visiting the urologist”
You have made an appointment with us or have been booked for surgery. You will get the following from us, which you are required to carefully read and ask us if you are unclear as to what something means, or what the implications are:
- A form on which you must complete all personal details, as well as the details of the referring doctor or healthcare practitioner. Please come in earlier, at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment, to complete all the forms.
- We also ask you to nominate someone who would consent to treatment if you were unable to (e.g. unconscious) and to nominate with whom we can share information on how you are doing.
- A document that contains our terms and conditions. It includes our duties, as well as when you must pay the account and what you have to do with your medical scheme.
- The fee schedule of our most generally charged codes and/or a quotation for the health services to be provided. When agreeing to healthcare services, it carries a certain value to which you would have to agree. This is called “informed billing consent”.
5. Information about the treatment and/or procedures you require. In some cases, you may get further material to read. You must agree to the treatment and/or procedure before we can commence. We call this “informed consent”. You have the right to know what your treatment options are, as well as the risks, benefits and costs of each. In healthcare, there are many aspects that impact on outcomes and there are always risks. But not undergoing treatment may be as bad for you as the risks that sometimes scare people!
6. If you have any, please bring with you: previous laboratory test results, your x-rays and details of the referring doctor or healthcare practitioner and any reports s/he may have written.
Please note, in healthcare practices, we are under a legal/ethical duty to help the most urgent cases first. Please be patient if such circumstances arise – we would do the same for you! You are always welcome to ask us for clarity, more information and/or for explanations.
It is your duty to indicate to us if you are uncertain, or if you did not understand anything.
We are happy to assist!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine and physiology concerned with the function and disorders of the urinary system for both males and females. Medical professionals specializing in the field of urology are called urologists and are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders.
Is frequent urination or waking up at night to go to the bathroom might mean I might have a health problem?
Urination frequency varies according to a number of factors, although for most people going four times a day is typical. More frequent urination or waking up at night to go to the bathroom could mean either a health problem or you may be drinking too much before bedtime.
Do you have to get a referral to see a urologist?
Generally, you may require a referral to see a Urologist. Different medical plans have varying requirements for seeing a specialist, but in many cases, you will need a referral from your primary care doctor. Patients may also choose to skip their GP and come directly to a specialist.
What are the first signs of kidney stones?
- Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs.
- Pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin.
- Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity.
- Pain on urination.
- Pink, red or brown urine.
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
- Nausea and vomiting
Do I need to see a urologist for kidney stones?
Small kidney stones that don’t block your kidney or cause other problems can be treated by your family doctor, however, if you have large kidney stones and experience severe pain or kidney problems, your doctor may refer you to a urologist.
What should I expect at the urologist?
Urologist will request you to provide a urine specimen We will need to record your detailed medical history and you will need to provide a complete list of all your medications The urologist will perform a physical exam After the examination, the urologist will discuss a treatment plan Your urologist may order imaging studies