Urology is a specialty. A urologist specializes in treating issues of the urinary tract and also external reproduction organs. Urologists treat issues that affect kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra, testes, penis and prostate.
Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC treats a wide range of urological disorders. A few follow below.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections can be a recurring problem for both men and women, though women are plagued with urinary tract infections 10 times more than men. UTI’s are an issue that affects the bladder and urethra in the lower tract and the kidneys and ureter in the upper tract. For women, lower tract infections may originate during sexual activity, when bacteria are carried to the urethra through the urinary tract. The proximity of the urethra and the genital area for men and women facilitate the occurrence.
Reducing the risk of an infection to the urinary tract is possible by taking a few precautions.
- When you feel the urge to urinate, don’t put it off. Urinate when needed. This is especially important following sexual intercourse. Urinating will assist in removing bacteria from the urinary tract. Women should remember to wipe from front to back to avoid transferring bacteria.
- Reducing the number of sexual partners will also reduce the chance of chronic urinary tract infections and of course of sexually transmitted diseases, too.
- Before and after sex, partners should wash their hands. There are a proportion of bacteria located at the groin, rectum and anus areas. Transferring bacteria to the urethra can occur through touch.
- If urinary tract infections commonly reoccur, then ask your physician about a preventative routine that could include antibiotics.
A urologist treats an enlarged prostate, which is most common for men who are 40 years of age and older. When the prostate gland begins to grow larger it can be associated with the aging process. The natural process is called benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, if the prostate becomes abnormally large, it can be a signal that something is wrong, as it causes the urethra to become narrow and problems with urination can ensue. It is a health issue that is common in men that are 60 years of age and older. See a urologist if you have difficulty urinating or if dribbling occurs following urination. An enlarged prostate may also cause a man to leak urine or to have an increasing number of trips to the bathroom at night to urinate. Blood in the urine is also a symptom.
Mineral deposits that develop in the urinary tract are commonly known as kidney stones. The minerals gather and cluster together in urine. Smaller stones can be passed during urination, but larger stones may block urine since the deposits block a ureter coming from the kidney.
A few symptoms of kidney stones include constantly feeling as if you have to urinate, an intense burning sensation during urination, blood passed through the urine and extreme pain in the area of the kidneys. A person with a kidney stone might also experience nausea and vomiting might follow. If symptoms continue to worsen, see a medical professional.
A urologist will treat male infertility. The treatment is dependent upon what’s causing infertility. The specialist will conduct a health history and tests to make a diagnosis and to move forward with the case. There are three different types/categories of treatment: Non-surgical, surgical and treatments for unknown causes of male infertility.
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC is a leading expert in prostate cancer and also treats men with testicular cancer and kidney and bladder cancer in both men and women.
The second leading cause of cancer death for men is prostate cancer. The blood test for prostate cancer is simple, only taking 15 minutes to receive results. Make an appointment to check for prostate cancer, especially if you have a family history of the disease. In addition to checking for prostate cancer, Urology Specialists of Milford, LLC, will also treat kidney and bladder cancer. We also have a kidney stone center where we can evaluate and treat your condition.