The American Urologic Association recommends annual prostate examination for men over the age of 40 years. An important part of men’s health includes never ignoring abnormal urinary symptoms or pain of the testicles or prostate.
The prostate is very important to take care of for all men. By age 90, men have a 50% chance of having prostate issues. Some of the most common prostate issues are prostate cancer, benign prostate hypertrophy, and prostatitis. It is vital to take the health of the prostate seriously.
Prostate cancer affects each person differently; this type of cancer starts in the prostate gland. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized structure and is considered a part of a man’s reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death in men over the age of 75. Because of this high statistic, we strongly recommend annual exams after reaching the age of 40 to identify cancer early while it is still treatable.
If your doctor suspects you are at risk for prostate cancer because an abnormal prostate finding or elevated PSA a biopsy may be recommended. This diagnostic procedure consists on taking small samples from the suspicious areas of your prostate for examination.
Each year in the United States, 70,000 men and women are diagnosed with bladder cancer. This cancer more commonly found in men more than women with the biggest risk factor being a history of smoking. Urinary symptoms or blood in the urine may be the first signs you see.
Urinary Tract Infections
When bacteria find its way into your urinary system including your kidneys and bladder, it may result in a urinary tract infection. Men, women, and children are susceptible to this problem. The bacteria may come from outside your body or may come from the rectum or vagina. UTI’s can be treated by taking medications as directed. Some of the most common symptoms are a burning feeling or pain in your urinary tract, frequent urination, or blood in your urine.
This is best described as any sort of involuntary leakage of urine and can affect men, women and children There are many causes and a complete evaluation by our specialists can reveal the cause and allow the formulation of a treatment plan.
A kidney stone is made up of little crystals. A stone can either stay in the kidney or travel through the urinary tract. Kidney can be very painful and need to be evaluated by a urologist to avoid complications.
Many men experience erection problems often related to other conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, or as a side effect to certain medications. Urologists can offer several therapeutic options ranging from medication, medical devices and surgery.
Recovery can be one of the most difficult parts of surgery. Many urologic procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques which result in shorter recuperation time, less scarring, and less pain. Our specialists will discuss all your options when surgery is necessary.
This is the use of extremely cold temperatures to help treat diseased or abnormal tissues. This is one of the options available for treatment of prostate and renal cancer.
An important family planning option for men is a vasectomy which can be done as an office procedure with a local anesthetic. When a family’s situation changes and the reversal of a vasectomy procedure that has been previously done is desired, our physicians also provide evaluation for this option.
The American Urologic Association has a Urology Care foundation that provides education resources for patients.
The link below will take you to that web site.