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At Accredited Medical Providers we are trained and equipped to diagnose, treat, and monitor most Urologic symptoms and conditions. Here you can find a comprehensive lists of common problems that require Urologic care, as well as standard Urology procedures used for correct diagnosis and treatment. More information about many of these items can be found in our Resources section, including Patient Education Videos.

 

We believe one of the most important tools for effective treatment is a well informed patient.

Urologic Conditions

 

Hematuria, or bloody urine can occur for a variety of reasons. In most cases blood is detected via a urine test, called a Urinalysis, and is microscopic. When this occurs a standard hematuria evaluation is performed to find the cause, which includes a Cystoscopy and either a X-ray or CT of the abdomen.

However sometimes the blood is visible in the urine, referred to as gross hematuria. This can be caused by more serious ailments including kidney or bladder stones or cancers. If your urine is ever visibly bloody seek help from a hospital or physician as soon as possible.

Incontinence, or urinary leaking or dribbling is a common Urologic problem in both men and women. Although primarily affecting middle aged and elderly individuals, incontinence can affect people across all ages. While incontinence affects mostly women, men can also experience dribbling, leaking, or poor control. Typically when a man experiences leaking, he should consider seeing a Urologist as this may indicate a more serious underlying issue.

Retention is the inability to urinate which can sometimes be caused by a more serious affliction. An enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, bladder stone or cancer, or poor nervous system signals can all cause or contribute to urinary retention. If unable to urinate and experiencing abdominal pressure or pain, you should seek medical help immediately.

Stones, form in certain individuals in either the kidneys or the bladder. The reasons stones form and their chemical composition are varied. There is not one end-all-be-all treatment for kidney or bladder stones as they may react differently to methods of treatment. Only a trained physician with the apporiate information can provide the best options for each patient's care.

Patient Education Videos

Urgency, which can be attributed to other Urologic problems, is the sensation of needing to rush to the restroom when a person realizes they need to urinate. Occasionally urge incontinence can occur which is dribbling or leaking when the sense of urgency is present. This can lead to the need for pads or diapers. If this becomes an inconvenience, in most cases a Urologist may be able to provide a solution.

Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs will affect between 40% to over 50% of women at least once in their lifetime according to the American Urologic Association(AUA). Over 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers every year are due to urinary infections.

Urinary infections can present with symptoms like painful urination, hematuria, urgency, or frequency. If an infection is suspected, a physician will typically have the patient drop off urine for a Urine Culture. This test searches for bacterial growth, as well as comparing effectiveness of different antibiotics to combat the infection.

UTIs can develop, if untreated, to a more wide spread infection. It is wise to consult with a Urologist or family practitioner if these symptoms develop.

Procedures

 

Ultrasound, is a type of medical imaging that uses ultrasonic waves to look at muscles, tendons, vessals, and organs inside the body. This procedure is simple and noninvasive and in most cases, can be done right in the doctor's office. Ultrasound by itself is a very effective diagnostic tool and can also be used as a guidance tool for certain procedures, such as a Transrectal Ultrasound.

BCG is a treatment for bladder cancer performed in the doctor's office using a potent medication, instilled directly into the bladder. More invasive or aggresive forms of Bladder cancer typically require more extensive surgical procedures for effective treatment.

Lithotripsy is the surgical treatment of Kidney Stones which is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting. There are several types of Lithotripsy procedures that are invasive or non-invasive. Only you and your physician can determine which option is best for you, depending on the stone size and type, and your anatomy.

Cystometrogram, or CMG, is a very simple procedure done in the physician's office. It is the most effective way to evaluate how efficiently the bladder fills, holds, and expells urine. Many urinary symptoms, once properly diagnosed, can be treated with an effective medication or more advanced procedure.

Cystoscopy is a straightforward procedure performed in the office. The doctor guides a flexible camera through the urethra and into the bladder. This gives your Urologist a first hand look at the anotomy of your lower urinary tract.

Nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney, either partial or complete. This is typically done when a patient is found to have an advanced or highly invasive cancer of the kidney. This is always done in a hospital setting, and a patient may expect several days of observed care following the procedure.

Nephrostomy Tubes are small catheters that are inserted through the abdomen into the kidneys. This can be necessary if a patient has a blockage of the ureter or has hole in the bladder, causing a leak. If there is a large stone in the bladder preventing the flow of urine, nephrostomy tubes may be placed in preparation of the upcoming surgery to remove to stone.

Fulgeration of bladder cancer is an effective way of treating low-grade or superficial bladder tumors that develop on the surface of the bladder lining. Small and noninvasive tumors can be treated in the physician's office using an electrical cautery, and easily scraping away the tumors, to be urinated out later. This is a routine method of treatment, although, more aggresive bladder cancer is typically treated in a hospital or surgery center.

 

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