Look to the urologists at Essentia for specialized care of the urinary tract, which includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Our specialists treat conditions ranging from incontinence and kidney stones to male infertility and cancer.

Many people feel uncomfortable talking about urologic symptoms. You can trust our sensitive and knowledgeable care team to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and explain your treatment options.

What's a Urologist?

A urologist is a doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the male and female urinary tract, as well as the male reproductive organs.

When to See a Specialist

Your primary care doctor can treat many minor urologic conditions. You should seek care from a urologist if your symptoms don’t go away, reoccur, or if you have:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Elevated PSA or abnormal prostate exam
  • Kidney stone, mass, or tumor
  • Male infertility
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular pain or mass
  • Urinary retention (unable to urinate)
  • Urinary incontinence

Urology: How Kidney Stone Form Video Transcript


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PHIL WANZEK: My name is Phil Wanzek, and I'm a eurologic surgeon at Essentia Health in Fargo. Kidney stones form most commonly with people that aren't drinking enough water. Crystals can form in the urine, and they, kind of, get stuck in the kidney. And then as more crystals form around that, they get larger and larger. And then they can kind of break loose and cause problems. Kidney stones can present most commonly with a sudden onset of pain.

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The kidneys are in the back. You get pain in the back, and it can wrap around towards the front. The best thing that everybody can do to avoid kidney stones is to drink water. Also a low salt diet can help, so avoid adding salt to food and try to eat low salt or low sodium alternatives.


Conditions Treated

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Prostate Health

If you have a prostate problem, it can affect urination and sexual function. Our urologists treat common prostate conditions, including:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) – Enlargement of your prostate gland
  • Prostatitis – Infection or inflammation of your prostate gland
  • Prostate cancer – Cancerous growth inside your prostate

Prostate Cancer

Your urologist can screen for prostate cancer with a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and rectal exam. A prostate ultrasound and biopsy can also help your doctor diagnose prostate cancer.

If you have prostate cancer, your urologist and oncologist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Your plan may include surgery or cryotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.


We’ll help you manage and treat urinary incontinence or overactive bladder so you can maintain your active lifestyle. Your urologist may recommend lifestyle changes or muscles exercises to help you regain bladder control. Medications also may help to relax your bladder.

If initial treatments don’t provide relief, your urologist may advise a therapy such as:

  • BOTOX® injections – Calms the nerves and bladder muscles to reduce leakage and frequent urination
  • Posterior tibial nerve stimulation – Stimulates the nerves controlling the bladder and pelvic floor muscles
  • Sacral neuromodulation – Provides electrical stimulation to the sacral nerve—nerve controlling voiding function in your lower spine—via an implantable device

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common male health condition affecting up to 30 million men. Low blood flow or nerve damage in your penis can cause ED. It's important to talk with primary care doctor about ED because it can be a sign of heart disease or diabetes. Your primary care doctor may be able to treat your ED, or may refer you to a urologist.

Our urologists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes, medications, pumps, or surgery. If you smoke, your doctor will tell you how quitting smoking can help your ED.

Urologic Surgery

Your doctor will recommend noninvasive treatments, like lifestyle changes or medications, whenever possible. But if you need surgery to treat your condition, trust that your urologist can expertly perform your procedure. Learn more about urologic surgery at Essentia.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.

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