Happy New Year, from The Urology Group of Princeton! To kick off 2021, we’re providing a brief overview of urology courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. What is Urology? Urology is a part of health care that deals with a lot of different body parts. This includes body parts that form the Urinary System and Male Reproductive System. If you have a problem with a body part in these two systems, you may need to see a urologist. The Urinary System Many of your body parts work with each other to form the Urinary System. Urine is taken out of the body if these parts work with each other in the right order. This allows normal urination to happen. For both men and women, the main parts of the system are Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder and Urethra. Urine is produced in the kidneys. It flows through tubes called ureters, and into the bladder. Urine leaves the body through the urethra. How the Kidneys Work The kidneys are fist-size organs that make urine. They are found on both sides of the spine behind the liver, stomach, pancreas and bowels. Healthy kidneys work like clockwork to turn extra water and waste into urine. How the Ureters Work Urine flows out of the kidneys and into the ureters. Ureters are thin tubes of muscle that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. How the Bladder Works The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ. It is mostly made of muscle. It stores urine until you are ready to go to the bathroom to release it. The bladder helps you urinate. The brain tells it to tighten and force the urine out. How the Urethra Works Urine leaves the body through a hollow tube connected to the bladder. This tube is called a urethra. The Male Reproductive System Many body parts work with each other to form the Male Reproductive System. The purpose is for each part to work in the right order so a male can have sex. During sex, you may be able to fertilize a […]
The Urology Group of Princeton is please to share this excellent, informative article from the Urology Care Foundation. If you have a sensitive bladder, you will not have to miss out on tasty foods this fall. The key is to know which foods are more likely to irritate your bladder and which ones are more likely to soothe. In general, you will want to avoid coffee, alcohol, citrus fruits, tomato-based products, artificial sweeteners and spicy foods. Read on to learn about 10 bladder-friendly foods. Pears. They are good fall fruits that generally begin to ripen in September and sometimes October depending on the region. Pears are a good source of fiber and about 100 calories per serving. Bananas. Typically available in grocery stores year-round, bananas are great as snacks, toppings for cereals or in smoothies. Green beans. At about 31 calories per 1-cup serving, green beans will add some color to your plate. You can eat them raw, add them to salads or roast them with a little olive oil. Winter squash. Do not let the name fool you. Winter squash are available in both fall and winter. Squash varieties include acorn, butternut and spaghetti. Potatoes. Need a bladder-friendly comfort food when the weather cools down? Try white potatoes or sweet potatoes (yams). Lean proteins. Examples include low-fat beef, pork, chicken, turkey and fish. Especially when baked, steamed or broiled, they are unlikely to bother your bladder. Whole grains. Quinoa, rice and oats are just a few examples of whole grains. They come in many varieties and are generally not expensive. Breads. Overall, breads are bladder-friendly and a nice addition to meals. Bread is also great for delicious turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving. Nuts. Almonds, cashews and peanuts are healthy snacks and rich in protein. Eggs. Also rich in protein, eggs are on several lists as one of the “least bothersome” foods for bladder conditions. For more information, or to discuss urology related symptoms or concerns, please contact us, at 609.924.6487, or click here, to schedule an appointment.
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and we’d like to remind you that The Urology Group of Princeton now offers Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) as an adjunct to patients with overactive bladder (OAB) for whom behavioral therapy or pharmacology has not sufficiently addressed the associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence. Also known as Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation, PTNS is a minimally invasive supplementary treatment option for overactive bladder that has been found to be effective at reducing the number of times a person with OAB needs to urinate. Performed as an out-patient procedure, PTNS requires 30-minute treatments once-a-week for 12 weeks and may require ongoing treatments, every 3-weeks or so, to sustain the improvements. For many of our patients, improvements are noticeable by the 6th week. This low-risk, non-surgical treatment works by indirectly providing electrical stimulation to the nerves responsible for bladder and pelvic floor function. PTNS is a form of electro-acupuncture and the most common side-effects are temporary and minor. For a more detailed description of the procedure and possible side-effects, please refer to our earlier post entitled “Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation for Overactive Bladder”. For more information on Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation and to find out if it is right for you, please contact the Urology Group of Princeton, at 609.924.6487, to schedule a consultation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated postponing a lot of things: however, immunizations, including the flu vaccine, should not be one of them. As a vital part of your health care, it’s important to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2020 immunization schedules. We recommend getting the flu vaccine as soon as you can as it is quite possible to get the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. If you haven’t had the flu vaccine and get symptoms, you may dismiss them as the flu when, in fact, you may have COVID-19. And having both the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously increases your risk of complications; especially if you have other health issues, such as lung problems, diabetes, or a compromised immune system. If you’re concerned about visiting a health care provider during the pandemic, keep in mind that most providers have put strict protocols in place to maintain patient and staff safety. If you’re not sure, call ahead and ask. From an altruistic perspective, vaccines aren’t only about giving you immunity and protecting you from an infection; they’re also about preventing you from spreading an infection. So, not only are you protecting yourself, you’re protecting your loved ones, your friends, and your community. As always, to discuss specific urological concerns or symptoms, please contact us, at 609.924.6487, or click here, to schedule an appointment.
September is Urology Awareness Month. Organized by The Urology Foundation, Urology Awareness month aims to raise awareness of urological diseases as well as raise money to fund vital research and training into these diseases. It is estimated that 1 in 2 of people will be affected by a urological condition in their lifetime. Urology health is vital to everyone’s quality of life; but diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system appear to be occurring more frequently, sometimes devastating the lives of those impacted. The Urology Group of Princeton offers a variety of state-of-the-art treatments for the following urological conditions: Kidney Stones Urological Cancers: Prostate Bladder Kidney Testicular Penile Voiding Dysfunction BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) Urinary Incontinence and Voiding Dysfunction Urinary Tract Infections Hematuria (blood in the urine) Interstitial Cystitis Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome / Prostatitis Benign Male Urologic Care Male Infertility/Fertility Erectile Dysfunction Low Testosterone & Testosterone Replacement Therapy Hydrocele/Spermatocele Circumcision Genital Warts/ Lesions Additional In-Office Services include: Ultrasound (kidney, bladder, prostate, testicular) Ultra-sensitive prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing Urine cultures (CLIA certified lab, w/PhD bacteriologist) Video cystoscopy (patient can observe on a TV screen) Urodynamics (full physiologic evaluation of voiding dysfunction) Biofeedback and electrical stimulation for incontinence Visit our Services page for more information on some of the available treatment options for each of the above urological conditions. For more urology information, or to discuss specific urological concerns or symptoms, please contact us, at 609.924.6487, or click here, to schedule an appointment.
The Urology Group of Princeton is please to share this excellent, informative article from the Urology Care Foundation. Men with a low sex drive, fading energy, mood changes and erectile dysfunction may have low testosterone levels, also known as low-T. However, these symptoms can be caused by other reasons (multi-factorial). Ongoing research is trying to determine what symptoms go with low-T. So while there are a variety of medications to treat low-T, not everyone is a candidate, according to Charles Welliver, M.D., Assistant Professor of Urology at Albany Medical College. What is Low-T? During puberty, the male sex hormone, testosterone helps boys develop male physical features like body and facial hair, deeper voices and muscle strength. Testosterone is also needed for men to make sperm. When a man does not have enough testosterone in his body it is called hypogonadism, or low-T. Levels of the hormone normally decrease with age. About 4 out of 10 men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. It is seen in about 2 out of 10 men over 60, 3 out of 10 men over 70, and 3 out of 10 men over 80 years old. Men with certain health problems, including diabetes and obesity, also tend to also have low testosterone. You may have low-T if you have the following: anemia (low iron) depressed mood or irritability fewer and weaker erections less energy less muscle mass and strength loss of calcium from bones low sex drive more body fat If you think you may have low-T, it is important to see a doctor to make sure you have low-T and not another condition. Many of the symptoms for low-T can be the result of other health problems. For example, decreased energy and depressed mood may be caused by a variety of different health conditions and not of low-T. Diagnosis of low-T begins with a review of your medical history, a physical exam and blood work to measure your testosterone levels. TRT treatments in New Jersey If the symptoms of low-T are bothering you, talk with your doctor about whether or not you […]
The Urology Group of Princeton is pleased to announce that we have resumed our regular schedule! In light of the possibility of a second Covid-19 wave in the Fall or Winter, there’s no better time than right now to catch up on your routine urological care, such as prostate screening and urinary health optimization. Appointments for routine office visits and services are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you require an appointment outside of normal business hours, let us know; we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Our urology group evaluates and treats a broad range of conditions, including urinary tract infections, kidney stone disease, male infertility, urological oncology, erectile dysfunction (ED), low testosterone (low T), urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, prostate disease (BPH and prostatitis), and male genital disorders. Please call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609-924-6487 to schedule an appointment.
The Urology Group of Princeton is pleased to announce that, while adhering to strict health conventions and guidelines, we are moving closer to our regular schedule. We continue to maintain the highest quality of urological care and have implemented strict protocols in the office to maintain social distancing and provide for your health and safety. We have resumed routine scheduled surgeries so, if you delayed your kidney stone surgery, prostate cancer biopsy/follow-up, or a vasectomy, now is the time to call the staff and get rescheduled. We are in the process of proactively calling patients that were delayed due to the Covid-19 quarantine but you should also feel free to call us, if you prefer, to get your urological procedure back on our schedule.
In these unprecedented, difficult times, please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from the Covid-19 virus. A great resource is the dedicated COVID-19 page, maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); it provides the most up-to-date information on the overall situation, steps to prevent illness, symptoms, common questions, and information for specific audiences. Although the COVID-19 health pandemic is constantly on all our minds, the Urology Group of Princeton urges you to keep up with routine urology needs, not let your medications expire, and not let urologic issues or symptoms worsen. The Urology Group is open and available, using a telemedicine approach, to assist you with routine urology needs and respond to any questions or concerns you have. We will resume routine surgeries as soon as it is feasible and safe. To arrange a virtual health visit, please call the Urology Group at 609.924.6487. Please stay healthy and stay safe!
We first want to thank you for entrusting the Urology Group of Princeton with your care. Now, more than ever, it is clear just how important trust is between patients and their doctors; we greatly appreciate the confidence you have placed us. We encourage you to call the office if you have any questions or concerns; as always, we are here to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the time being, in lieu of in-person appointments, we are leveraging Google Meet to conduct virtual face-to-face visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual visit is similar to an office visit but is done using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Using Google Meet, we can talk about your symptoms, review test results, discuss treatment plans or medications, and answer questions about your health and care. To arrange a virtual visit, please call the Urology Group at 609.924.6487. These are trying times for sure but together we will get through it. Rest assured that you and your health remain our primary concern; we are working diligently to ensure there are no gaps in your care while also working to ensure the health and safety of all our patients and staff. Thank you for your flexibility and, once again, for entrusting your care to the Urology Group of Princeton.