What is urology?
Urology is a surgical speciality that addresses male and female diseases of the urinary tract, as well as male reproductive system disorders. Urology is a part of health care that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). It also deals with the male organs that are able to make babies (penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.). Since health problems in these body parts can happen to everyone, urologic health is important.
Urinary incontinence is just part of getting older isn’t it?
No. It is true incontinence is common. However, it is not normal or expected. And women certainly don’t have to live with it.
Is my urinary incontinence bad enough to be treated?
This is a quality of life issue and the answer depends on the individual. Some women are severely affected by relatively small amounts of leakage. Other women don’t mind wearing a panty-liner. For simple urinary incontinence, our treatments are so minimally invasive and patient satisfaction is so high that we generally encourage to a woman to seek treatment if they are bothered by their bladder symptoms.
It’s painful to urinate. What could be causing the problem?
There are many conditions that could result in painful urination. An infection of the urinary tract or prostate is a common cause, along with obstructions in the urethra, kidney, bladder, or prostate.
There’s blood in my urine. What may be the cause?
The presence of blood in the urine could be the result of a minor cause or a serious underlying medical condition. To determine the source, a urologist will perform a thorough evaluation. The blood could be the result of an infection, kidney or bladder stones, cancer of the urinary system, or injury.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Vaginal or pelvic prolapse occurs when structures, like the bladder or rectum, bulge or protrude into the vaginal wall as a result of the weakening of the supporting tissues. The severity of prolapse varies, but it can cause many unwanted symptoms, including urine leakage, pelvic pain and pressure, difficulty urinating or passing a bowel movement, recurrent urinary tract infections, and painful sexual intercourse. Vaginal and pelvic prolapse is often the result of childbirth, aging, or pelvic surgery.
What are the symptoms of kidney stones?
If you are experiencing sudden and severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin, or genitals that increases in waves, you may have a kidney stone. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, the presence of blood in the urine, and frequent and painful urination.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAINTAIN GOOD UROLOGIC HEALTH ?
The best way to avoid urological problems is to maintain good overall health habits, including exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco, excessive alcohol, and caffeine.
You should also avoid foods or substances that remove water from the body, known as diuretics.