PacMed Urology – Northgate
Urology involves the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the bladder, prostate, kidneys and urinary tract. Doctors in this specialty are surgeons called urologists.
Urinary and sexual problems can cause emotional as well as physical distress. Fortunately, many medical and surgical treatments are available that can help relieve and manage these health conditions. At Pacific Medical Centers, our urologists diagnose and treat a wide variety of male and female urological conditions, including kidney stones, cancer, erectile dysfunction, prostate problems and urinary incontinence.
Your urologist will do a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history. Then, when appropriate, your doctor may order other tests such as a urinalysis or a blood test. These can tell the doctor if infection is present or whether sugar or proteins are present, which may indicate diabetes or other problems involving the kidneys. More sophisticated tests such as a CT scan or MRI may also be ordered. These tests are noninvasive and not painful. Treatment depends upon the condition and may involve medication, surgery, behavior modification or observation. Whatever the condition, urologists at Pacific Medical Centers provide caring and comprehensive treatment.
If surgery is necessary, PacMed offers robotic-assisted urological surgeries using the da Vinci® system including:
- Kidney, prostate and bladder cancers
- Cystectomy (removal of all or some of bladder)
- Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney)
- Pyeloplasty (repair of kidney obstruction)
Read more about da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery here.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring the following items to make the most of your time with the doctor:
- ID and insurance cards
- Your co-pay
- Any X-rays and labs from outside the PacMed/Swedish/Providence network
- A list of your questions and symptoms.
Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to park and check in. Read more details on how to prepare for your visit.
CHECK YOUR COVERAGE
To avoid financial surprises, we recommend calling your insurance before your visit to check your coverage for:
- Pacific Medical Centers
- The provider you’re seeing
- The services or procedures you are coming in for.
It’s good to ask your insurance whether our clinic and provider are in network and what your financial responsibility might be.
If you or a family member are active or retired military, you may be eligible for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP).
USFHP is TRICARE prime option offering top-quality civilian medical care. USFHP is sponsored by the Department of Defense and has been administered in our region by PacMed for over 30 years.
Call 800.585.5883 to learn more or enroll in the US Family Health Plan (USFHP).