Frequent Urination Could Be a Sign

Frequent Urination Could Be a Sign

Getting older is a part of life, but one doesn’t have to deal with the uncomfortable parts of aging.  The American Urological Association reports that half of men by the age of 60 will suffer from a condition called BPH, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, and 90% of men by age 85 will experience this common condition. But Z Urology has good news that it is easily treatable and is here to explain what BPH is and the latest advancement in technology that can help.

Did you know that as men age, they have a higher chance of developing an enlarged prostate? The prostate organ in men surrounds the urethra. As it grows, it impinges or compresses the urethra and makes it difficult to urinate, causing significant and irritating symptoms. BPH sneaks up on a lot of men who soon realize they are having to use the restroom frequently and urgently, especially at night. Getting up once or twice at night to urinate becomes three or four times, which can become a nuisance and disrupts the sleep cycle.

 

What is Rezum Water Vapor Therapy

Z Urology has been using a minimally invasive, non-surgical office procedure to treat patients with BPH. The procedure, called Rezum Water Vapor Therapy, is a solution that actually treats the enlarged prostate, not just the symptoms. Steam is injected into the prostate, where it kills the excess prostate tissue. The body then absorbs the tissue to open the urinary tube.

The procedure was approved by the FDA in 2015 and is currently included in the American Urological Association’s guidelines for the treatment of an enlarged prostate.

Clinical studies support that Rezum Water Vapor Therapy relieves BPH symptoms safely and effectively, eliminating the need for BPH medications, while also preserving sexual function. It helps most men see symptom improvement within a few weeks. Patients are able to return to regular activities within just a few days after treatment. Rezum Water Vapor Therapy is covered by most commercial and Medicare plans.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in the decision of getting Rezum Water Vapor Therapy, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!

Studies Show Kidney Stones Found to Increase Stroke Risk

Studies Show Kidney Stones Found to Increase Stroke Risk

Z Urology is reporting new findings in the medical community. This information is important because we treat this exact issue daily. Recent studies have shown that patients with kidney stones have a modestly elevated risk for stroke, especially ischemic stroke, according to the findings of a recent meta-analysis.

The meta-analysis, which examined data from eight studies (7 cohort studies and 1 cross-sectional study) involving 3,526,808 participants, found that the presence of kidney stones, compared with their absence, was significantly associated with a 24% increased risk of stroke, Min Yuan, MD, of Jiangxi Provincial People’s Hospital in Jiangxi, China, and colleagues reported online ahead of print in Neurological Sciences.

Kidney stones were significantly associated with a 14% increased risk of ischemic stroke and a nonsignificant 7% increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

When the investigators excluded studies with a high risk of bias from analysis, kidney stones were significantly associated with a 16% increased stroke risk. Kidney stones were significantly associated with an 18% increased stroke risk among individuals with a follow-up duration of ten years or more. The investigators found no significant association between kidney stones and stroke risk among participants with a follow-up duration of less than ten years.

 

“Our meta-analysis found a moderate association between kidney stones and the risk of stroke incidence after adjustment of established cardiovascular risk factors, especially in ischemic stroke,” the authors concluded.

 

The mechanisms by which kidney stones increase stroke risk remain unclear, Dr. Yuan noted. Previous studies have shown that kidney stones are associated with hypertension, obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and smoking, all of which are known risk factors for stroke, he noted.

The investigators said their study has some important strengths compared with a previous meta-analysis. “To our knowledge, this article provides a more systematic explanation of the relationship between kidney stones and stroke risk. It also conducts stratifying analysis on some known influencing factors.” The authors acknowledged that the small number of studies included in their meta-analysis was a study limitation.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in helping deal with kidney stone issues this article highlighted, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!

Arizona Court Says Man Can Sue For ED Privacy Breach

Arizona Court Says Man Can Sue For ED Privacy Breach

Z Urology always scours the net to find interesting stories that center around urological happenings. Here is one out of Arizona that caught our eye. Warehouse store chain Costco can be (and will be) sued for privacy violations by a Phoenix-area man who alleged that a pharmacist joked with his ex-wife about an erectile dysfunction (ED) prescription he had twice canceled, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The ruling allows the man’s lawsuit to proceed but sets a high bar for him to win. In order to win the case, he must show by “clear and convincing” evidence that the store and its pharmacist did not act in good faith when the woman was told about the prescription.

But it is an important decision because for the first time the state Supreme Court ruled that lawsuits can be brought here under state law for violations of the federal health care privacy law commonly known as HIPAA.

What Did Costco Say in Their Defense

Costco argued that the federal law does not allow private citizens to sue, but the court rejected that, saying the law’s standards can be used to show privacy violations in state court.

The company also argued that state law provides broad immunity from lawsuits for providers that act in good faith, but the high court said the man has the right to have that claim tried in court.

The ruling upholds a 2019 state Court of Appeals ruling that revived the lawsuit the man filed after the pharmacist told his ex-wife about the prescription when she went to pick up another prescription with his approval. The man had called Costco twice to cancel the prescription before his ex-wife went to the north Phoenix store in early 2016, but the pharmacist did not do so. The trial court had dismissed the case, citing the state immunity law and because HIPPA does not allow private lawsuits.

The rulings say the Phoenix-area man in his 50s received a sample for an erectile dysfunction drug from his doctor in January 2016 and later got a call from Costco saying a full prescription he had not sought was ready for pickup. The man canceled the prescription and then canceled it a second time about a month later when he called to check on an unrelated prescription and was told it was still there.

The man then authorized Costco to allow his ex-wife to pick up his regular prescription refill, and that’s when the pharmacist told her about the ED pills and they joked about them.

The man’s attorney said that Costco apologized after the man complained, sending him a letter saying that telling his ex-wife this information violated both HIPPA and the company’s own privacy policies. He said the pharmacist clearly had a responsibility to protect his client’s privacy under both federal law and the company’s policies.

The case now returns to a lower court for further proceedings. Carden said in 2019 he suspects the pharmacist never canceled the prescription because they may get bonuses for selling high-profit drugs like Viagra. He said that there is no other logical reason for the prescription not being canceled and he’ll try to show that at trial.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in helping deal with erectile dysfunction like this gentleman had, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!

Georgia Professor Fights the Rise of Male Infertility

Georgia Professor Fights the Rise of Male Infertility

Z Urology is a leading urological care center that helps tackle male infertility. This is more important than ever, as, for reasons that aren’t completely understood, rates of male infertility in the United States and many Western nations have been on a steady upward trajectory for the past several decades.

 

“This is a growing problem that keeps getting worse with time,” said Charles Easley, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Public Health. “About 10% of reproductive age men in America have some type of infertility issue, and 45% of those patients have no treatment options at all.”

With a team of scientists that includes undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, a research coordinator and a lab manager, Easley is conducting research that offers hope for couples struggling with infertility. His work also has the potential to help keep reproductive toxicants out of the products that millions of people use daily.

An Infertility Crisis

Sadly, declining levels of male fertility date back to at least the 70s and have been attributed to a variety of factors. These factors include lifestyle and certain medical therapies. Exposure to environmental toxicants such as chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system is thought to play an important role, as well. Easley points out that avoiding some of these everyday chemicals is “borderline impossible.”

If you’re sitting on a foam covered chair, for example, chemicals that impart flame retardance are leaching through the fabric and into your body. Compounds used in plastic food packaging, children’s toys, and some cosmetics have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, as well. Byproducts from industrial processes make their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is basically unavoidable.

A major roadblock to the effective assessment of reproductive toxicity has been that results from studies on mice and other animals don’t necessarily translate to humans. In a breakthrough that has the potential to dramatically improve the testing of chemicals, Easley and his colleagues have developed a method to direct stem cells to become sperm precursors that can be used to screen chemicals for toxicity.

New Hope For Treating Infertility

The ability to direct stem cells to become precursors to sperm cells holds promise for men suffering from infertility, as well. Easley and his colleagues made international news in 2012 when they developed a method to take skin cells and transform them into sperm precursors.

If proven safe and effective, first in animal trials and then in human clinical trials, the technique could potentially give infertile men a chance at fatherhood. With the support of the Georgia Research Alliance, Easley has founded a company, known as Fertiligen, to help make his discoveries more widely available.

His idea is that for one who is rendered sterile by chemotherapy as a child and now, as an adult, has no options, can use their skin cells to restore their natural fertility.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in helping deal with and correct male infertility, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!

Vasectomy Reversals Just as Successful in Men Over 50

Vasectomy Reversals Just as Successful in Men Over 50

Z Urology is proud to announce that findings in a new study have shown that vasectomy reversal is as viable in men over 50 as in those who are younger.

About 20% of American men who have had a vasectomy want to father children in the future. And about 6% will seek a vasectomy reversal, previous research shows.

However, it’s been unclear how a man’s age may affect his chance for a successful reversal.

Well to find out, researchers analyzed the outcomes of vasectomy reversal in about 3,000 men older than 50 (average age: 54) and 350 younger men (average age: 39). All of the procedures were performed by one surgeon.

After a vasectomy reversal, the partners of 33.4% of the younger men and 26.1% of the older men got pregnant.

 

What Did the Study Find

The study found that the chances of pregnancy were better when the woman was under 35 and/or the man had had his vasectomy fewer than 10 years before.

“When we did a statistical analysis and examined all these other factors involved, the data showed that age had no bearing on success,” said study lead investigator Dr. Mary Samplaski, a specialist who treats male infertility at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Researchers have noted that one reason older men were statistically less successful than younger men in getting their partners pregnant was that older men tended to have older partners.

The results are exciting for men looking to start families later in life who have had a vasectomy. The research is especially timely because anecdotally, fertility doctors are seeing an increase in the number of men interested in vasectomy reversals as couples focus on family planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Couples wanting to get pregnant after a vasectomy procedure have two main choices: vasectomy reversal and sperm extraction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, IVF has risks, such as psychological distress and multiple births, and typically costs more than a reversal, making reversal a better choice for many couples.

If you feel you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in the decision of a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal, then contact Z Urology for a group that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. The three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!