Below are the most common Urology procedures and services we perform:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Enlargement of the prostate gland which is not associated with cancer. This can lead to problems with emptying the bladder. Patients experience a weak stream, a sense of incomplete emptying, having to strain to urinate and stopping and starting once the stream is started. It can be treated with medications or surgery.
There are a variety of bladder cancer types which are all usually diagnosed in a urology office during a telescopic exam in the bladder called cystoscopy. The specific type of cancer is then established by a biopsy done typically when patients are given anesthesia. Subsequent treatment depends on the type of bladder cancer and could involve surveillance, medications placed directly in the bladder, chemotherapy, or further surgery.
Lack of normal erections is not only stressful for a patient and their partner, but also can be a sign of more significant abnormalities in other parts of the body. Discussing this with a doctor can provide valuable insight into your overall health and there are a wide range of treatments to get patients back to a level of function that is satisfactory.
Blood in the urine can often be due to reasons that have nothing to do with cancer. It can however be a common way that tumors in the kidney or bladder are diagnosed that otherwise might have gone undiscovered. The evaluation is often negative, but is reassuring to both doctors and patients.
Unwanted leakage of urine is distressing and can lead to significant lifestyle changes for both men and women. Different types of incontinence exist and can be diagnosed through discussion with a doctor, examination, and often additional testing. The good news is that there are a wide range of treatments that offer hope to suffering patients.
Small or large tumors in the kidney can be handled differently depending on how advanced they are at the time of diagnosis. Early treatment has excellent potential to leave patients cancer free.
Most patients who have experienced kidney stones will quickly share that they would hope to not have to “go through that again”. Working with a urologist will help diagnose, treat and prevent kidney stones. Sometimes initial treatment requires procedures. Prevention is usually individualized based on the specific characteristics of a patient’s blood and urine that placed them at risk for stones in the first place.
Although prostate cancer is a very slow growing cancer, it can cause significant life-threatening problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. The responsibility of screening for cancer and then diagnosing by biopsy is shared by primary care doctors and urologists, respectively. After a diagnosis of prostate cancer is made, patients have discussions with urologists and typically with a radiation oncologist to decide on a course of action that could involve surveillance, medications, radiation, or surgery.
Cancer of the testicles is more often seen in young men in their 20s or 30s. Men should be encouraged to perform monthly self exams and bring to the attention of their doctor any changes noted; these include lumps or bumps, hardening of the testicle or significant changes in size. The good news about testicular cancer is that when it is diagnosed early, it is often very treatable with some of the highest cure rates of all cancers.
At different stages in life, people can be affected by the inability to urinate to their satisfaction. That can mean going to the bathroom too much or not being able to empty their bladder when they want to and everything in between. Figuring out with a urologist what the source of the problem is and coming up with a treatment can prove life-changing for many patients.