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.
March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. If you have high blood pressure, you’re at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that you can help protect your kidneys by managing high blood pressure with these 6 healthy lifestyle habits. Take medications as prescribed. Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings. Select healthier food and beverage options. Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods. Try to quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit. Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Urology Group of Princeton, at 609.924.6487, to schedule an appointment.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While it is customary for men to get women gifts for this special day, many women will be trying to figure out a way to show their man how much they love them as well. While chocolates, cards, and intimacy is nice, what’s a better way to show him how much you truly care than protecting his health? With prostate cancer being the second most common cancer among men in the United States, encouraging the man in your life to get screened for prostate cancer is the perfect way to show that you want him around for a while. Prostate cancer is also known as the ‘silent killer,’ as many men often do not have any symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Therefore, early detection is key. With early detection, prostate cancer can be beat. Key prostate cancer statistics: 1 in 7 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime 2nd most common cancer among US men after skin cancer 2nd leading cause of death in US men after lung cancer 1 in 38 men will die of prostate cancer African-American men have highest risk; more likely to develop aggressive disease, be diagnosed at younger age, and 2.5 times as likely to die from it. Prostate cancer screening involves two main tests: a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). As of right now, these are the only two widely used tests available that are used in combination to screen for prostate cancer. The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. Prostate-specific antigen is a biomarker for prostate cancer. The only problem with the PSA test is that it is not specific for prostate cancer. If you have an elevated PSA, it may indicate other conditions besides prostate cancer such as a prostate infection or an enlarged prostate. Two other blood tests have been developed called the PHI test and the 4KScore test, which are becoming more widely used. Compared to the PSA test, the PHI test and 4KScore test are specific for prostate […]
Millions who suffer with urinary incontinence (leakage) feel like their bladder controls their lives. Control depends on muscles working together. When the bladder fills, the bladder muscles should be relaxed and the muscles around the urethra (the tube that urine passes through), called the pelvic floor muscles, should be tight. Exercises that strengthen these muscles can help prevent leakage and calm the urge to go. These are commonly called “Kegel” exercises, named after the doctor who developed them. They can help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and may reduce your problems with incontinence or frequent urges to urinate. Kegel Exercises to Strengthen your Pelvic Floor Muscles Once you locate your pelvic floor muscles you are ready to begin. The exercise involves squeezing then relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze the muscles for five seconds and then relax the muscles for five seconds. Be sure to take the time to relax between squeezes so that your muscles can rest before squeezing again. Each squeeze and relax counts as one repetition. Each set of kegel exercises should include three different positions: 10 repetitions lying down, 10 sitting, and 10 standing. Do one set in the morning and one set at night (or at least twice a day). Control Your Pelvic Floor Muscles. It may take some practice to learn to control your pelvic floor muscles. When doing the kegel exercises, relax your body as much as possible and concentrate on your pelvic floor muscles. To avoid using your stomach muscles, rest your hand lightly on your belly as you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles. Be sure that you do not feel any movement of your stomach. Do not hold your breath. To test whether you are tightening the wrong muscles, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles while sitting in front of a mirror. If you see that your body is moving up and down slightly, you are also using your buttocks or thigh muscles. When done properly, no one should be able to tell that you are squeezing your pelvic floor muscles – except for you. How Often Should I Exercise? Do […]
We’ve got some great ideas for festive treats that are healthy and tasty! These recipes are perfect for this holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re hosting or hitting the road to join the party, delight your friends and family with these great bladder-friendly recipes! The following four recipes are made with ingredients less likely to irritate a sensitive bladder. Consider trying these recipes if you struggle with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Overactive Bladder (OAB). Caramel Popcorn This easy-to-follow recipe is a tasty and buttery sweet snack. It’s great to enjoy it while taking care of your bladder health. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 quarts popped popcorn Directions Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring the mixture, then boil without stirring for five minutes. Turn off the burner and proceed to stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over the already popped popcorn that should be sitting in a large bowl; stir the combined contents to coat the popcorn. Place in large baking dishes and bake in the preheated oven; make sure to stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Once it has fully cooled, you may begin breaking it into pieces. Serves about three people. Enjoy! Banana Almond Smoothie This recipe combines the great taste of bananas and almonds in a healthy smoothie. It’s a great treat for those with bladder issues such as IC or OAB. Ingredients 1 frozen peeled banana, broken into 3 – 4 chunks 1 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon almond butter Directions Combine all ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy! Candy Cane Cupcakes These treats are tempting and yummy to enjoy for the holiday season and beyond. These cupcakes provide a safe bet for those who have OAB and IC. Ingredients 1 box of white cake mix (roughly 18 oz.) […]