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What is a Urologist?

What is a Urologist

What is a urologist exactly? It’s not an uncommon question. There are many different practice areas in the medical field. On top of that, many doctors choose a specialty that they focus their practice in. Urology is one of them.

By definition, urology is the branch of medicine and physiology that focuses on two things: the condition and treatment of the male reproductive system, and the operation of the male and female urinary system along with any anomalies or disorders that may occur within it.

There are several sub-specialties that physicians within the urological practice focus on. The American Urological Association has defined seven in particular:

1. Urologic Oncology

Focuses on the treatment of cancers related to the urinary system and male reproductive system

2. Male Infertility

Conducts corrective surgeries and remedying obstructions within male genitalia

3. Pediatric Urology

Treats complex urological problems within children that cannot be remedied by general pediatricians or urologists

4. Female Urology

Addresses issues with urological problems unique to women, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic outlet relaxation disorders

5. Neurourology

Specializes in issues of impotence, erectile dysfunction, and voiding disorders

6. Renal Transplantation

Conducts kidney transplant surgeries after kidney failure

7. Calculi

Manages the various stones that form within kidneys and move their way into ureters

Due to the wide scope of clinical issues that can arise within this field, many urologists bear knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and more.

What Conditions Do Urologists Treat?

The list of conditions treated by urologists is extensive. However, some of the most common include:

  • Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, and Testicular Cancer
  • Bladder Prolapse
  • Prostatitis
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Interstitial Cystitis

There are several other surgeries and conditions that are unique to urologists. However, it is safe to assume that anything regarding the urinary system and male reproductive organs would likely fall into their field.

How Often Should I Visit a Urologist?

Healthy men and women under the age of 40 typically don’t make regular visits to the urologist unless they are experiencing symptoms of a condition that falls under their area of expertise.

However, the American Urological Association highly recommends that once men reach the age of 40, they begin to schedule annual prostate cancer screenings. These screenings are proactive efforts, much like an annual checkup.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of a Urological Condition?

Whether you’re 16 or 61, if you’re experiencing complications or symptoms related to the urinary system or male reproductive system, you should schedule an appointment with your local urologist immediately.

Gulfshore Urology is a leading urology practice with several offices in southwest Florida, including one on Marco Island, two in Naples, and one Bonita Springs. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians, simply give us a call at 239-333-3200.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Jun 16, 2016   Urology   Comments Off on What is a Urologist?   Read More

Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer?

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Approximately 1 out of every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within their lifetime. With over 220,000 new cases and over 27,000 deaths each year, it has risen to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men in America.

Because the exact cause of prostate cancer is still unknown, there is no fail-safe method to prevent it. However, results yielded from years of research have helped medical professionals define risk factors that patients can identify to help lower their chances of developing prostate cancer.

What Elevates My Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Statistics have identified several trending factors that increase your risk for developing it, including:

  • Age: Prostate cancer is rare among young men. It is usually diagnosed in adult males in their 60’s or over.
  • Race: African American men are at the highest risk for developing prostate cancer and double the risk of dying from it, whereas men of Asian descent are least likely to develop it
  • Inherited Genes: Your family’s medical history can often help you anticipate what types of ailments, cancers, or diseases your body is most prone toward. Men who have a history of family members with prostate cancer will have a higher risk than those who do not.
  • Lifestyle: Lifestyle plays a pivotal role in both short-term and long-term health. It is the factor that individuals have the most control over.

What Can I Do to Prevent It?

While many studies have and continue to be conducted in search of a root cause for prostate cancer, the lack of definitive proof makes it difficult to pinpoint how to prevent it.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to reduce your risk. The best way to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer and other diseases later in life is by embracing a healthy lifestyle. Consider implementing these 4 habits into your daily activity:

  • Eat Well: Pursue a low-fat diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish. A healthy diet fuels the body and helps maintain optimal functionality.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Additional weight places stress upon the body and causes a variety of long-term health problems. Men with a BMI of 30 or higher should make a conscious effort to lose weight.
  • Exercise Regularly: Most studies have shown that men who exercise regularly do have reduced odds of developing prostate cancer. To maintain a healthy exercise routine, you should aim to be active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Avoid Unhealthy Habits: Habits such as smoking and recreational drug-use should be eliminated. Drink only in moderation and avoid over-supplementation. Remember that everything you put into your body has an effect.

What to Do if You Show Signs of Prostate Cancer

If you are experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer, including frequent urination or problems urinating, bloody urine, erectile dysfunction, pain in your hips and back, or numbness in your lower extremities, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Gulfshore Urology is located in Bonita Springs, Florida and accepts patients in the Lee and Collier county areas. To set up an appointment, give us a call at 239-333-3200.

  Rolando R. Rivera   Jun 15, 2016   Prostate Cancer   Comments Off on Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer?   Read More