Urologist in Milford, MA
A urologist can play a key role in helping patients improve their urological health. For instance, urologists treat kidney stones and many other conditions, including low testosterone or an enlarged prostate. Additionally, urologists also perform vasectomies. At Urology Specialists of Milford in Milford, MA, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg is your urologist for vasectomies, including no-scalpel vasectomies, and the treatment of kidney stones.
Kidney stones can occur in both men and women at any age but are more common in men who are age 30 or older. Kidney stones can cause severe pain and discomfort and are the result of minerals, salts and other waste products in the urine bonding together. When these waste materials bond, they form a stone-like object.
Not everyone who develops kidney stones experiences pain, but when pain does occur it is often due to the movement of the stone around the kidney or down the ureter. Pain can be felt in the groin, abdomen, side or back. Other symptoms associated with kidney stones include frequent or painful urination, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting or fever.
Small kidney stones can usually pass out of the body through the urine without any medical intervention. Larger stones, however, often require medical treatment. In the past, surgery was the primary option for removing large kidney stones. Today, medical advancements have reduced the need for surgery and the majority of kidney stone cases can be successfully treated non-surgically with lithotripsy. One type of lithotripsy involves the use of shock waves to break large kidney stones into small pieces that can easily pass out of the body through the urine.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting a small section of the vas deferens on each side of the body to prevent sperm from traveling to the penis and outside the body. Once a male undergoes a vasectomy, he will be unable to father children. Your urologist can perform a vasectomy traditionally or through the no-scalpel method. Both methods are out-patient procedures that involve the use of a local anesthetic. The primary difference is the use of a scalpel to perform a regular vasectomy, while a microblade is used for a no-scapel procedure.
Whether you are considering a vasectomy or require treatment for kidney stones or some other condition, a urologist can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Steinberg, call the Urology Specialists of Milford at (508) 473-6333.