Men’s urological health is the overall health of the urinary tract and male reproductive system. There are many conditions that can affect men’s urological health, including …
Medtronic InterStim™ Therapy
Many patients with an overactive bladder or retention issues have a poor or reduced quality of life. When lifestyle changes and medications fail, Medtronic bladder-control therapy delivered by the InterStim™ system can help. It is simple and discreet, and it delivers the kind of relief that lets patients enjoy the activities they love without a second thought.
Patients 18 and older can use bladder BOTOX as a medicinal prescription for an overactive bladder. In this form, it is used as a muscle and nerve relaxer. The treatment may help by soothing nerves and thus preventing accidents, as well as the need to urinate immediately. Patients also find they need to urinate less frequently after using BOTOX.
da Vinci Surgery
The da Vinci prostatectomy is chosen by more U.S. men than any other treatment for prostate cancer. It’s a minimally invasive, robotics-assisted surgical procedure that removes the cancerous prostate gland and related structures.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland affecting 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60, and up to 90% of men over the age of 80. This enlargement can compress the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder, and sometimes blocking it entirely.
Rezum is a form of water vapor therapy that uses thermal energy from steam and treats prostate tissue. A urologist, using a handheld device, injects this vapor into the prostate. Because of how quick and painless the process is, it is generally an out-patient or in-clinic procedure. Patients are generally able to drive themselves home after treatment.
Peyronie’s Disease is a common and treatable condition where scar tissue develops in the penis, forming a plaque under the skin. The plaque often builds up so much that it can cause a bend in the penis, or an obvious indent during an erection. Typically, those affected can feel the plaque buildup through the skin, and many experience pain.
Xiaflex is a prescription medication used to treat adult men with Peyronie’s Disease. The treatment is an injection composed of collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down the collagen and scar tissue buildup in the penis. A urologist will inject the medication into the penis. The penis will be wrapped or bandaged to prevent the medicine from leaking out. In one to three days, the urologist will offer another injection. After the second injection, your doctor will perform a straightening procedure.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that results in permanent sterilization. This form of male contraception is relatively common — about 500,000 American men have the surgery each year. This method is almost 100% effective as it cuts off the body’s ability to release sperm.
Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. They can affect any part of your urinary tract. Often, stones form when urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.
Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but the stones usually cause no permanent damage if they’re recognized in time. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and lots of water to pass a kidney stone. But in other instances — for example, if stones become lodged in the urinary tract, are associated with a urinary infection or cause complications — surgery may be needed.
If kidney stones are causing urinary pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.