Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC Blog
January 06, 2022
Category: Kidney Stones

Are you struggling with pain after being diagnosed with kidney stones? Your Milford, MA, urologist, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford, can recommend kidney stone pain treatments and strategies that will improve your comfort while you wait to pass the stones.

What to do about kidney stone pain

Kidney stones take their time to work their way out of your body. In fact, it may take a week or more until you no longer need to worry about the stones. Unfortunately, during that time, you're likely to experience pain that ranges from mild to excruciating. While you wait, these options can make you more comfortable:

  • Take Over-the-Counter Pain Medications: Ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help you manage mild-to-moderate pain.
  • Drink More Fluids: Increasing your fluid and water intake may help move the stones along. The faster you pass the stones, the less time you'll spend in pain. Fluids also help prevent the formation of new stones.
  • Peel an Orange: The citric acid in citrus fruits and juices may keep small stones from growing and become more difficult to pass. Consuming more citrus fruit might just help you get rid of your stones a little faster.
  • Ask Your Urologist About Prescription Pain Medication: If over-the-counter pain medications don't dull your pain, it may be time to visit the Milford, MA, urology office to discuss your kidney stone pain. Your doctor can prescribe stronger medications that are more effective in treating severe or long-lasting pain. If your pain is accompanied by nausea or vomiting, your urologist can also prescribe anti-nausea medicine.
  • Try Medications That Speed Kidney Stone Passage: Prescription alpha-blockers and calcium channel blockers stop spasms in the ureter that interfere with the movement of the stones. The ureters are small tubes that transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
  • Consider Lithotripsy: Ninety percent of kidney stones eventually pass into the urine, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Unfortunately, those too big to be eliminated through your urine can cause considerable pain. If you have stones that are too large to pass easily, your urologist may recommend lithotripsy. The treatment uses shock waves that break up stones into smaller pieces.

Don't let kidney stone pain take over your life! Call your urologist in Milford, MA, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford, at (508) 473-6333 to make an appointment.

November 04, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Bloody Urine  

Have you noticed blood in the toilet after you urinate? Bloody urine has many causes, some more serious than others. Unfortunately, it's impossible to tell why you have blood in your urine unless you pay a visit to your Milford, MA, urologist, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford.

Why you may be seeing blood

Red or pink urine can be caused by:

  • An Injury: Did you recently experience a blow to your back or abdomen? The injury may have caused bleeding in your kidneys.
  • Infections: An infection in your kidney or urinary tract could be the cause of the bleeding.
  • Stones: Kidney or bladder stones can irritate the lining of these organs and cause bleeding.
  • Kidney Infection: Bleeding isn't uncommon if you have an infection in one or both of your kidneys.
  • Diseases: Polycystic kidney disease, sickle cell disease and other diseases may cause bloody urine.
  • Prostate Enlargement: If you're a man, bleeding may be due to an enlarged prostate.
  • Medications: Side effects from the medications you take could trigger bleeding. Heparin, aspirin and penicillin are among the drugs known to cause bleeding.
  • Cancer: Cancer is another possibility if your urine is bloody. Kidney, bladder or prostate cancer could cause bleeding.

In some cases, urine color changes might not be caused by bleeding. If you've recently eaten beets, blackberries or rhubarb, or eaten food that contains red dye, your urine might look red or pink.

What to do about bloody urine?

It's important to schedule an appointment at the Milford, MA, urology office the first time you see bloody urine. Your urologist may recommend a few tests that will help him determine why your urine is bloody. Treatment options vary depending on the source of the blood. For example, you may need surgery if an injury lacerated your kidney or might need to take antibiotics if you have a urinary tract infection.

Are you worried about blood in your urine? Call (508) 473-6333 to schedule an appointment with your urologist in Milford, MA, Dr. Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford.

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.

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