Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – is seen in many men as they age. The prostate gland is situated surrounding the urethra and continues to grow throughout one’s life. This can go completely undetected for some but for many, it can begin to impact lifestyle. Primary complaints resulting from BPH include: Difficulty emptying bladder, increased urgency and frequency of urination, and a weakened stream. Though less common, some may also experience an increase in urinary tract infections or even hematuria (blood in the urine).
If symptoms do not interfere with lifestyle or health, BPH may not require treatment and will only be monitored during physicals. If symptoms worsen, consulting a urologist will help determine the best – least invasive – way to reduce the growth allowing for a healthier urinary tract.
Many factors can impact male fertility. Granger Medical Summit Urology providers are qualified to assist with several treatment options for male infertility. They will work with you to help identify the root of the infertility and develop an applicable treatment plan.
Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence – is a very common – and typically very treatable – condition. It is estimated that 1 in 4 men over the age of 65 experience erectile dysfunction (ED) to some degree.
There is a wide range of treatment options available depending on the root cause of the erectile dysfunction. These treatment options may involve over the counter medications, the use of a vacuum erection device, lifestyle changes, injections, or a penile implant. Whichever treatment option is decided on, the outcomes are typically very favorable and most men see improvements of their sexual health.
Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) – is an indicator of an issue with the prostate and is strongly linked to prostate cancer. If your blood test results indicate an elevated presence of PSA, your urology provider will work with you to perform additional screenings to evaluate was is leading to the increase.
Once the cause is determined, your provider will work with you to determine the best treatment course.
Identified by a curvature of the penis, Peyronie’s Disease is the result of repeated inflammation and plaque build up in the penis. This most often occurs following a trauma to the area. This can greatly impact sexual health and self confidence.
Treatment options vary based on degree of onset and other factors. Often, treatment requires only oral medications and or penile injections or other therapies. In some cases surgery may be required to achieve a lasting solution.
Nearly every man is a candidate for successful treatment of Peyronie’s Disease. A urologist can work with you to determine the best treatment path for your particular situation.
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. The American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html) estimates that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life.
Early detection is key in reducing the impact of prostate cancer. A blood PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test can be a good indicator of the presence of prostate cancer.
Those identified as having elevated blood PSA levels should consult a urologist to determine a proper action plan.
Treatment for prostate cancer can vary widely depending on many factors including the age and general health of the patient. For some, the slow-growing nature of prostate cancer may lend to a very hands of approach of active surveillance of the cancer. For others, surgery or laser treatment of the prostate is the best solution.
Often called BPH (see above) the prostate continues to grow as men age. This can cause symptoms and can be diagnosed and treated by one of our urologists.
is typically caused by either a trauma to the area or a bacterial infection. It often leads to pain during urination and intercourse. Other symptoms may include: fever, burning sensation during urination, increased frequency of urination, and pain localized in the pelvic region. In some cases, no pain or discomfort may be detected.
It is important to consult a urologist if symptoms present as prostatitis should be treated quickly to avoid additional complications.
Depending on the cause and duration (acute or chronic) of the inflammation, there are various treatment options. If a bacterial infection is suspected, antibiotics will be prescribed. Over the counter anti inflammatory medications may also be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain in the area.
Prostatitis outcomes are typically very promising and men usually experience a complete recovery with minimal treatment required.
In some instances, urinary incontinence may develop as a result of a prostatectomy. This is because the prostate surrounds the urethra and typically requires some reconstruction during the removal of the prostate gland.
Depending on the level of incontinence, there are various ways to manage or treat symptoms. A urologist will be able to determine the best option for your particular situation.
Men can experience problems with sexual function and concerns can arise for a variety of reasons. Persistent – recurrent – problems with sexual response, desire, and pain can often be related to urinary health. A urologist can help determine the source of sexual health issues and can recommend treatment options to improve comfort and sexual response.
Although testicular cancer is uncommon among all other cancers, it is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15-35. Usually found on self examination or on examination by a physician, testicular cancer is often a painless lump on one of the testicles. Testicular cancer can result in pain or discomfort in the scrotum or testes, pain in the lower back or fluid buildup in the scrotum. If you think you might have an issue, schedule an appointment with one of our urologists as early detection is key to successful treatment.
Pain in the scrotum can be something minor or can be the result of serious conditions like testicular torsion or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Ignoring the pain may cause irreversible damage to the testicles and scrotum. It is best to be seen by a urologist to determine the cause of your pain.