Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that occurs in most men as they age, is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland. Considered to be a normal part of the aging process, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth, BPH is usually not a serious problem. It can, however, be problematic, causing urinary problems such as: Trouble getting a urine stream started and/or completely stopped (i.e. dribbling). Feeling like you always need to urinate, including waking up several times during the night to urinate. A weak urine stream. A sense that the bladder is not completely empty even after urination. In more serious cases, BPH can cause the bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate. In these cases, backed-up urine (aka urinary retention) can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or kidney damage. Until relatively recently, treatment options for serious cases of BPH required medication and surgical procedures that often left patients dealing with side effects that included erection problems (i.e. ED) and retrograde ejaculation (i.e. the flow of semen backward into the bladder). That’s why the Urology Group of Princeton is excited to provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive option, called UroLift ®, as an alternative to traditional surgical methods. Boasting a 90% success rate, the UroLift ® procedure is performed in some patients even without the need for general anesthesia. The process involves using small titanium implants in the prostate to hold obstructing tissue away from the urethra, thereby relieving the symptoms of BPH. Although patients may experience pelvic discomfort and blood in the urine for a few days, they can usually return to regular activities within 48 hours. Data, accumulated on the procedure over the last 5 years, shows that about 10 percent of patients may need to have implants replaced. Urolift ® is reversible and insurance generally covers all costs. If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment and find out if the UroLift ® procedure is right for you.
This month, we’d like to share the following article, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), testicular cancer is relatively rare . Roughly 1 out of every 250 men will develop the disease in their lifetime. However, the incidence rate of testicular cancer has been on the rise over the past several decades, and an estimated 9,310 men will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor One of the most important things you can do after being diagnosed is to have an ongoing, open dialogue with your doctor to make sure you stay informed and active about your care. Here is a list of questions to bring to your appointment. Tip: bring a notebook to write down their answers, or plan to record them on your phone. 1. What coping mechanisms do you recommend? A cancer diagnosis significantly impacts not only your physical health, but your mental and emotional well-being. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear are very common and considered normal reactions. Your health care team is an indispensable resource for helping you find the support you need to cope. And patients with more social support usually feel less anxious and depressed and report having a better quality of life. 2. What type of testicular cancer do I have and what stage is my tumor? The better informed you are about your specific diagnosis, the better you’ll be able to make decisions on your own behalf. There are two main types of testicular cancer , known as seminomas and non-seminomas. Knowing how advanced the cancer is, or what stage it’s in, will also determine your treatment options. 3. What treatment plan is right for me? The type of treatment your doctor will recommend will depend on your specific diagnosis and type of testicular cancer. Generally speaking, treatment options for testicular cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. 4. What lifestyle changes should I make? The Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) urges all men to be advocates for their own health. This […]
Approximately 30 million American adults have kidney disease, but most don’t even know it. To help spread awareness, we’d like to share the following article, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. March 1 marks the beginning of National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about your kidney health and generate support for those affected by such conditions as kidney stones, kidney infections and kidney disease. It’s also a time when the Urology Care Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation, encourages the public to make direct, positive and healthy changes in their lives to keep their kidneys healthy and happy. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are about the size of a small fist and sit on each side of the spine, above the waist. Their primary job is to clean the blood and produce urine to rid the body of waste. They also help make red blood cells, maintain a balance of salt and other nutrients in your body, keep your bones healthy and help control your blood pressure. Your kidneys can become damaged with little to no warning. Kidney disease is known as the “silent epidemic” because if often shows no signs until it is more advanced. High blood pressure and diabetes are two leading causes of kidney disease. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history. Older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians are at a higher risk for developing kidney disease. “Most people don’t realize how important the kidneys are to our well-being, which is why it’s important to look after them,” said Richard A. Memo, MD chair of the Urology Care Foundation. “If you are at risk for kidney disease, talk to your doctor about having your kidney function checked as this disease is one that can be prevented or slowed down if caught early.” A few simple ways to keep the kidney happy and healthy: Drinking plenty of water Not smoking Eating a healthy diet Keeping your weight in check Staying fit and active Monitoring and keeping regular control of your blood pressure and […]