Women’s Urological Concerns
There are many different types of urological conditions that specifically affect women. Our urology team is compromised by experts in the field who regularly treat the following issues:
- Pelvic organ prolapse – POP is caused by the weakening of tissues supporting the pelvic organs, including the uterus, vagina, bowel and Older females or women who have recently had a child are more at risk for developing pelvic organ prolapse. POP results in the protruding of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vagina. Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include feeling pain or pressure in the abdomen and vagina.
- Urinary tract infections – Most women will have a urinary tract infection during their lifetime. Often when going to the toilet or after sexual intercourse, bacteria from the bowel undergoes transference to the urethra, causing infection. Issues like pain, burning sensations during urination and flu-like symptoms occur when you have a urinary tract infection.
- Overactive bladder – OAB affects 40 percent of women in the United States. Overactive bladder is defined by a frequent, sudden need to urinate. OAB may also cause episodes of incontinence. There are many ways to treat OAB; several methods prioritize lifestyle changes versus medications.
Urological Issues in Men
Advanced Urology understands the concerns men have about their urological health. We treat many conditions including:
- Low Testosterone – Also known as hypogonadism, low testosterone may become an issue in mature men. Testosterone is vital for maintaining healthy sexual function, energy levels, mood, strength and levels of muscle and fat in the body. Symptoms include chronic tiredness, reduced sexual appetites and lethargy. Commonly used testosterone replacement treatments include transdermal (through the skin) medicines by using a patch or gel.
- Erectile dysfunction – ED is the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction is a common complaint, but it’s easily treated.
- Testicular cancer – Testicular cancer develops in the scrotum. Symptoms include lumps, swelling or pain in the testes. Testicular cancer is very treatable and has a very high survival rate.
- Prostate cancer – As with all forms of cancer, regular examinations and an early diagnosis offer the patient a greater chance of recovery. Groups at a higher risk include males over the age of 50, those with a close relative with the disease, African Americans, individuals with a diet high in processed or red meat and those with the BRCA mutation.
- Kidney disease – This is one of the most common illnesses in the United States. Most frequently, kidney cancer is treated with a partial or radial nephrectomy.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia – BPH is a common problem in older men. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the swelling of the prostate which frequently causes symptoms like finding it hard to urinate, constant urges to use the bathroom or pain when urinating.
Common Urological Conditions
Often people associate the science of urology with men, but both sexes experience conditions related to the urinary tract, kidneys, bladder and reproductive organs including:
- Kidney stones – Kidney stones typically form in the kidney after the build-up of uric acid, struvite or calcium oxalate. A small stone may be excreted via urine, without causing symptoms. Larger stones obstruct the ureter causing severe pain in the lower back or abdomen and can result in blood in the urine, vomiting or painful urination.
- Incontinence – This condition is an uncontrolled leak of urine or stool. It’s a common and distressing problem, which may have a substantial impact on your quality of life. The symptoms of incontinence may be masking a more serious health concern.
- Painful bladder syndrome – PBS is a type of chronic pain that affects the bladder. Its estimated that it affects approximately 0.5 percent of people In the United States. Symptoms include feeling the need to urinate right away, frequent urination and painful sexual intercourse. Treatments can improve symptoms but must consist of lifestyle changes in addition to medications and surgical procedures.
Advanced Urology understands how a chronic condition or new diagnosis can place unnecessary stress on the individual. We sympathize with your situation and will assuage your fears while managing your health. If you have recognized the above symptoms, it’s crucial to contact us immediately.