Kidney Stones Increasing in Children

Kidney Stones Increasing in Children

kidney-stones-childrenWe all know by now that kidney stones are a hard calcium mass formed in the kidneys. They sometimes stay in the kidney and cause no issues but if they’re trying to pass out of the kidneys, they can get stuck, and they can cause extreme pain.

But the interesting news is that kidney stones are starting to show up more and more in children. As each year, more than half a million Americans go to the Emergency Room for kidney stones. The number of children is a growing part of that number.

Some of the symptoms of kidney stones include severe pain, bloody urine and vomiting. and the number of children suffering from kidney stones has grown steadily during the last several years.

Those who have kidney stones have a 50 percent risk of developing another one within five to seven years. Some of the risk factors for kids include being overweight, being dehydrated and being prescribed unnecessary antibiotics. Risks will also increase during temperature extremes. So it is important to make sure that children drink extra fluids in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.

Increased risk comes from inactivity and diets high in sodium from processed foods or table salt.

A small kidney stone may pass through the urinary tract on its own, causing little pain. But larger stones that get stuck may require medication or other treatments.

If something like this has happened to any of your children, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Healthy Living Tips for After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Healthy Living Tips for After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Finishing treatment for prostate cancer is both a relief and anxiety-provoking time in a man’s life. This is true as well in the lives of his caregivers and loved ones. While there is often relief that the treatments are complete, many men worry about whether the cancer is really gone and might come back. This is the time for men to focus on some well-deserved self-care. While regular check-ups with your doctor will continue, there are some things you can and should do for yourself.

They include:

  • Seeking Out Emotional Support
  • Starting a Healthy Diet and Exercise Routine
  • Exhibiting Sexual Health
  • Embracing Your “New Normal”

Emotional Support

The litany of prostate cancer treatments and the instructions and restrictions that can come with them can be stressful for many men. While many will have your best interests at heart, it may be difficult for them to understand what you’re going through. Having support is important. If you’re unable to openly talk with those who are close to you, you may want to seek out some like-minded people who understand firsthand what you have experienced.

 

Diet and Exercise

Considering a celebratory feast with food and drink post-treatment? This is OK in moderation, but you want to start a healthy routine with exercise and a balanced diet that you can stick to.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fewer refined foods is a great start. Adding regular exercise can make a big difference in your recovery timeline, as well as your mood. Studies show a healthy diet and regular exercise after treatment can help prevent prostate cancer recurrence. The smallest effort can have a majorly positive effect on your overall outlook on life.

 

Sexual Health

There may be changes in your sex life after prostate cancer treatment. Everything from being unable to achieve an erection to loss of desire entirely is common, but also often temporary. Try to be patient. The body needs time to recover and heal. If you reach a point where you’re concerned, talk to your doctor. There are plenty of treatments available.

 

Your New Normal

Life will be undoubtedly different after a prostate cancer journey. From the symptoms and diagnosis to the treatments and life afterward, the “new normal” can be uncomfortable at first. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. While there’s no surefire way to prepare for life after prostate cancer, have confidence that you will find your way.

Remember that emotional support is just as important as the medical treatments, and a healthy lifestyle afterward will help with physical and emotional recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance from your doctor, health care team and trusted loved ones and friends.

If something like this has happened to you, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Record Number of English Men Treated For a Broken Penis Last Year

Record Number of English Men Treated For a Broken Penis Last Year

fractured-penisThis is something you wouldn’t even wish on your worst enemy, but a record number of men have undergone surgery after fracturing their penis in 2019, according to NHS statistics.

This has mostly affected men in their 30s and 40s, while a grand total of 164 men wound up hospitalized with a fractured penis last year. That’s 164 too many, and 38 percent more men compared to 2014-15.

Gordon Muir, a consultant urologist at King’s College Hospital in London, said that these figures are likely the tip of the iceberg. Many men are too embarrassed to seek medical help quite often.

 

So How Does it Happen

It sounds like the stuff of urban legend, but a penile fracture occurs when the firm, fibrous sheath that supports your erection, called the tunica albuginea, is placed under extreme pressure and snaps.

The rupture often happens during sex, snapping under the weight of your partner’s body (or as the result of a powerful thrust) and is usually accompanied by a gruesome popping sound.

The erection quickly subsides, and the penis becomes swollen, painful and bruised, requiring the repair of a surgeon to stitch the tissue back together and prevent permanent damage.

When left to its own devices to heal, a broken penis can actually result in Peyronie’s disease, where scar tissue builds up inside the penis and causes it to bend severely, possibly resulting in erectile dysfunction.

You can avoid this terrible fate by switching up your sexual routine. Research shows that doggy style is the most lethal position, causing 44 percent of penile fractures, followed by the missionary position, which is responsible for 25 percent of breakages.

If something like this has happened to you, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Erectile Dysfunction on Rise Among Young Men…Why

Erectile Dysfunction on Rise Among Young Men…Why

erectile-dysfunction-young-menThe questions surrounding erectile dysfunction are vast and numerous. It makes sense. We are sexual beings and do not need any hindrances involved in something (sex) that we hold so dearly. So we really need to know now, why is erectile dysfunction on the rise among young men?

For older men, the condition is typically related to atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), diabetes or high blood pressure. But up to a quarter of new ED patients are now under 40. Scroll through online health forums and you will see an increasing number of young men seeking therapy for erectile dysfunction. Unless the cause is nerve damage or deep psychological scars, the condition is often temporary in younger men. But is that exactly a silver lining?

Urologists and therapists have their theories as to why erectile dysfunction is more prevalent today. An increase in pornography viewing (watching three to five times a week) can result in a loss of appetite for real-life sexual interaction. This is because the brain’s dopamine reserves are consistently diminished from overstimulation.

An impact of porn on sexual desire study by the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, found that of the 300 men and women who took part, porn had no effect the women’s sex drives, but it did for men, with three percent claiming they would rather watch porn than have sex. It is believed that this is due to the unrealistic expectations that porn represents.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction

For some young men, an unhealthy lifestyle can trigger erectile dysfunction. Hitting the beers hard, doing the occasional line of coke. You may go to masturbate and realize that your penis had shrunk.

For young men cocaine use, along with heavy drinking, can cause blood vessels to narrow, preventing enough blood from getting to the penis. Cannabis smokers should also be wary. Daily weed smokers are three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction compared to non-smokers. Junk food is another culprit, as it increases your blood pressure and cholesterol, which restricts circulation and hardens arteries.

It’s not just regular drug users who are at risk. A study in the medical journal Acta Neurologica Scandinavica found that even long-distance cycling can damage the neurological nerve systems required for penile stimulation. Men would have to be off-roading regularly on a bike with a particularly hard saddle to be at risk of perineal or nerve damage.

It’s pretty rare, but any trauma to the penis can cause temporary ED. Even painful sex can give men psychological concerns about getting an erection, which can trigger ED.

Sex therapist Joanna Benfield believes ‘Millennial ED’ is almost always the result of psychological rather than physiological issues, particularly if men have no problems getting an erection while masturbating, but are unable to achieve one with a partner.

We think about the penis as being disconnected from everything else that’s going on in a man’s life,’ she says. ‘In fact, it’s extremely sensitive to stress. If a man is facing work difficulties or financial worries, it’s likely to affect sexual performance.’ Anxiety dulls the nervous system, which is required to spark arousal, and the hormones released when you are stressed, cortisol and adrenaline, can also constrict the blood vessels.

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

For the partner of an ED sufferer, it can be a huge dent to your confidence, especially as we often take on the responsibility for our partner’s arousal. Benfield says it’s important you don’t interpret erectile dysfunction as a personal slight, as this can lead to you pulling away from each other out of fear of rejection.

If you think you have any signs of erectile dysfunction, then you probably need a quality urologist. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.