Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC Blog
September 23, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Vasectomy  

Are you a male who does not want to have children or further extend your existing family? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider getting a vasectomy. At Urology Specialists of Milford, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg will guide you through the process with care. He is a Harvard-trained Urologist and is a great source for a vasectomy in Milford, MA.

What Is A Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a procedure a man will undergo when he does not want to impregnate a woman. In essence, it is an effective form of male birth control. It is also permanent. During the procedure, an experienced urologist will ensure that sperm won't leave the penis when a patient has sexual intercourse.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

When you begin this outpatient procedure for a Vasectomy in Milford, MA, Dr. Steinberg will give you a local anesthetic. He will then make a small incision and remove a part of your vas deferens. Once he completes the vasectomy, sperm will no longer reach your urethra. It won’t take much of your time as it will be over in about 20 minutes.

What Does Post-Care Involve?

After you go home, our office will advise you to do the following for a few days:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Avoid rigorous activity for a week
  • Ice the scrotal area for 24 hours
  • Wear snug underwear
  • Mail in a semen sample a week later

We will see you in our office a few months after the procedure. Our staff will check that you have successfully healed from the surgery. We also want to remind you that this operation will stop you from fathering a child, but it won't protect you from STIs.

If you are sure that you don't want to have children, contact our office at (508) 473-6333 for a vasectomy in Milford, MA. Come to Urology Specialists of Milford where Dr. Steinberg can perform this safe method of male birth control for your family planning needs.

August 26, 2021
Tags: Enlarged Prostate  

How your urologist in Milford, MA, can help with an enlarged prostate.

An enlarged prostate can have uncomfortable symptoms, and you may not want to talk about it. Fortunately, your urologist is an expert at treating an enlarged prostate, so you can be comfortable again.

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg at Urology Specialists Of Milford, in Milford, MA, offers a wide range of urology procedures and treatments, including treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The prostate will grow throughout your lifetime, sometimes becoming large enough to cause pressure to your urethra. Because of the pressure, your urethra can become narrow. The narrowing of your urethra can cause uncomfortable symptoms like these:

  • Problems when you start to urinate
  • A weakening stream of urine
  • Problems completely emptying your bladder
  • Frequent stopping and starting of the urine stream
  • An increased feeling of needing to urinate
  • Increased urination at night
  • Periods of urinary incontinence

Your risk of developing an enlarged prostate increases if you:

  • Are over 50 years old
  • Have a family history of enlarged prostate
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have erectile dysfunction

If you think you might have an enlarged prostate, there are some lifestyle changes you can make which can reduce unpleasant symptoms. You should:

  • Lower your liquid consumption at night
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol and caffeine from your diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight

For moderate to severe symptoms due to an enlarged prostate, your urologist may recommend medication therapy as a first line of treatment. Medications may include:

  • Alpha-blockers which relax prostate and bladder muscles
  • 5-Alpha reductase inhibitors which block the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for prostate growth
  • Combination medication therapy, with both alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors

Other forms of treatment for an enlarged prostate include:

  • Laser therapy which removes excess prostate tissue
  • Surgical therapy to reduce the size of the prostate

You don’t have to suffer the embarrassing, uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment for an enlarged prostate, call Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists Of Milford, in Milford, MA, at (508) 473-6333. Call today.

June 17, 2021
Category: Kidney Stones
Tags: Kidney Stones  

Find out what could be causing your kidney stones and ways to prevent them.

If you’ve ever had kidney stones before then you certainly know just how painful they can be. Our Milford, MA, urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg sees kidney stones most often in people between the ages of 30 to 60 years old. Kidney stones can impact both men and women, with men having a slighter higher chance of developing kidney stones. By learning the possible causes of kidney stones you may be able to reduce your risk. Here are some ways to lessen your chances of developing painful kidney stones,

Sweat Less

Everything from intense outdoor exercise in the heat to relaxing in a sauna may provide your body with a host of great benefits. However, if you are prone to kidney stones then these habits could be a contributing factor. When you sweat you lose water, which means you urinate less. This provides a more hospitable environment for minerals to bond to the kidneys to create stones.

While we’re not saying don't enjoy the occasional sauna session or outdoor run, do make sure that you are getting enough water and staying hydrated throughout the day to replenish the water you lose.

Know When to Eat Oxalate-Rich Foods

Some people might tell you to avoid foods containing oxalates. However, there are many oxalate-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and other healthy foods that can provide your body with a lot of nourishment that you probably shouldn’t just remove from your diet completely. While it’s true that kidney stones form when oxalate binds to calcium, you should eat or drink your oxalate or calcium-rich foods during mealtimes, so that they are less likely to bind together.

Lose Excess Weight

People who are overweight or obese are also more likely to deal with kidney stones. People who are obese are also more likely to have higher calcium, oxalate, and urate levels in their bodies. This risk goes up even further if someone who is obese or overweight also has diabetes. If you are overweight or obese, eating a healthier diet and getting regular exercise to drop the weight could reduce your risk for kidney stones.

Know Your Medications

If you’ve been dealing with the pain of frequent or recurring kidney stones, our Milford, MA, urologist will also take a look at the types of medications you are taking. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications such as antacids, decongestants, steroids, and antibiotics could lead to the formation of kidney stones.

If you are concerned about kidney stones, you can always talk with our urologist about ways to prevent them from happening to you. There are simple dietary changes you can make to reduce your risk. We can also pinpoint other lifestyle and risk factors to find solutions that can help prevent kidney stones from forming.

If you think you might be dealing with kidney stone pain in Milford, MA, our urologist Dr. Steinberg and the team at Urology Specialists of Milford are here to help. Call us today at (508) 473-6333  if you are experiencing symptoms of kidney stones.

April 16, 2021
Tags: Kidney Stones  

Kidney stones are both uncomfortable and unpleasant, and while they can be very painful, there are ways to prevent their development and treat them.

If you have experienced kidney stones, you know the intense discomfort they can cause, but urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford in Milford, MA, can help you find relief.

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are a buildup of minerals, like calcium, which clump together in your urine and may become hard to pass. Small kidney stones are more likely to be easily and painlessly excreted.

Signs of kidney stones

You may find you have pain in your groin or abdominal area, experience nausea or vomiting, or find blood in your urine if you have kidney stones. You may also feel the need to more frequently urinate, and experience a burning sensation when you do so. A CT scan or ultrasound at our Milford, MA, office may be necessary to determine the presence of kidney stones.

What causes kidney stones?

Kidney stones can be related to hereditary, health, and lifestyle factors. If you have a family history of kidney stones, have a health condition such as Crohn's disease or gout, or eat a high protein diet you may be more susceptible to kidney stones. An analysis of your urine or kidney stones may help pinpoint the cause and dictate your prevention or treatment plan.

Treatment for kidney stones

If you are unable to pass your kidney stones, you may need in-office treatments. Larger stones can be broken down via shock wave therapy, allowing you to pass them more easily and without pain. If this method is not sufficient, surgical removal may be necessary.

Consult Dr. Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford in Milford, MA, if you are suffering from kidney stones. Call us today at 508-473-6333.

January 26, 2021
Tags: Nephrolithiasis  

Hint: it’s just a scientific way of saying that you have kidney stones!

Anyone who has ever had to deal with kidney stones knows pain! Unfortunately, about 1 in 11 people in the US will deal with nephrolithiasis during their lifetime. While this solid deposit made from salt and other minerals may pass through the urinary tract on its own, sometimes you’ll need to turn to our Milford, MA, urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg right away for treatment.

How do I know that I’m dealing with kidney stones?

Some of the warning signs that you might have a kidney stone include,

  • Lower abdominal pain that may radiate to the groin
  • Severe pain in the back or sides
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Blood in the urine (this requires urgent medical attention)
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting

The only way to truly know whether you’re dealing with nephrolithiasis is to have our urologists perform urine and imaging tests to detect stones.

What causes kidney stones?

Certain risk factors can leave you prone to dealing with kidney stones. Some of these risk factors include,

  • Being obese
  • Not drinking enough water
  • A family history of kidney stones
  • A high-protein diet, or a diet high in salt and sugar
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Undergoing digestive surgery
  • Certain medical conditions such as hyperparathyroidism or recurring UTIs
  • Certain medications (e.g. laxative; calcium-based antacids)

How are kidney stones treated?

Like we said earlier, small stones may pass without needing to see a doctor. Make sure you are drinking enough water during this time. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help.

However, larger stones may not be able to pass on their own. To prevent kidney damage or bleeding, you will want to turn to a urologist for treatment. One of the most common ways to treat kidney stones is with shockwave therapy, which breaks up the stones so they are easier to pass. If you are dealing with very large stones, surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing symptoms of nephrolithiasis here in Milford, MA, you must see a urologist as soon as possible. The team at Urology Specialists of Milford can provide you with the treatment and care you need when kidney stones occur. Call us today at (508) 473-6333.

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