Let Z Urology Help With Your Bladder Fistula

Let Z Urology Help With Your Bladder Fistula

We here at Z Urology are here to diagnose, discuss, and then aid in curing or helping (through treatment and/or surgery) in any urological problems that may enter your life. One such problem that we see often is the bladder fistula. And while this is not a life-threatening issue, it can be very annoying and discomforting.

A bladder fistula is an abnormal connection between the bladder and another organ or skin. The most common forms of bladder fistulas involve either the bowel (enterovesical fistula) or the vagina (vesiovaginal fistula). The good news for you, is that Z Urology can take care of this through urinary reconstruction.

Although relatively rare, fistulization to the skin can result from an injury or previous surgery in the face of bladder outlet obstruction. The biggest problem with fistulas is that they are usually created by infection, and they carry this infection to any organ they connect to.

Who is at Risk for Developing a Bladder Fistula?

  • The most common reason for a bladder fistula is an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s Disease or diverticulitis. Around 25% of people with Crohn’s Disease will develop a fistula.
  • Approximately 20% of bowel fistulas are caused by bowel cancer.
  • Fistulas may also develop as a result of previous radiation therapy.

Causes of a Bladder Fistula

INFLAMMATION

  • Inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract causes the intestines to form scar tissue and become abnormally thick.
  • This thickening can lead to the formation of ulcers on the inside lining of the intestines.
  • When the ulcers grow deeper, they can begin to burrow through the wall of the intestine, forming a tunnel that leads to whatever tissue is next to the sore.

ABSCESSES

  • Anal abscesses are often linked with fistulas and result from an infection of the small glands inside the anus. Crohn’s disease increases the risk of infection of these glands.  

Symptoms of a Bladder Fistula

  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Passage of gas from the urethra during urination
  • Urinary leakage

Diagnosis

A doctor may administer the following tests to diagnose a bladder fistula:

  • Excretory urogram – an x-ray examination of the bladder in which contrast dye is injected into the patient’s system and its progress through the urinary tract is recorded to study the anatomy and function of the bladder and urinary tract.
  • CT Scan
  • Cystogram (bladder x-ray)

 

If you feel you are in need of help with a bladder fistula, 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!

To Deal With BPH, Z Urology Offers Rezum® Therapy

To Deal With BPH, Z Urology Offers Rezum® Therapy

Z Urology is a South Florida leader in using Rezum® Water Vapor Therapy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia aka BPH. To know what Rezum® Water Vapor Therapy can do, you must first learn what it is meant to treat. The Rezum® Therapy, conducted here at Z Urology is done to treat BPH.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the excess growth of prostate tissue that compresses and obstructs the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes blocking it entirely. Symptoms include waking up multiple times during the night to urinate; frequency, urgency, irregular and weak urinary flow; anxiety; challenges with sexual function and limitations on daily activities.

Using Rezum® Therapy is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment designed to relieve BPH symptoms by reducing the extra prostate tissue causing the problems being experienced.

 

How Does it Work?

Rezum® Therapy is a treatment that is performed in an outpatient setting. It uses the stored thermal energy in water vapor to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing the symptoms.

Who Benefits from the Procedure?

It is males that benefit the most from the treatment. And most typically, it was men who have elected to discontinue or who have not taken their take BPH medications. The next group is those who are not receptive to other surgical BPH procedures. And last are the guys who have shown that they are not bothered by the symptoms enough to elect an invasive surgical procedure.

 

What are the Side Effects?

Most reported side effects are mild / moderate in severity and typically disappear within a few weeks. The most frequent side effect are urinary symptoms. This includes frequency of urination, the urgency to go, discomfort during urination, or blood in the urine.

How Soon Before the Results?

One can expect gradual Improvements from the symptoms being suffered following the Rezum® procedure. After two weeks, significant symptom improvement is seen. But always keep in mind that responses to treatments vary.

Remember, Z Urology not only does Rezum® Therapy, but also provides 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 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.

Five Ways to Boost Male Fertility & Sperm Count

Five Ways to Boost Male Fertility & Sperm Count

Z Urology knows that sometimes it can be a touchy subject when discussing sexual issues. One such issue that we deal with often is infertility in men. If you experiencing fertility issues, you’re not alone. Infertility is more common than you might think. Infertility affects about one in every six couples, and researchers estimate about one in every three cases is due to fertility problems in the male partner alone.

Sometimes male infertility is not treatable, but there are things you can do to boost it. Fertility can sometimes be improved with a healthy diet, supplements, and other lifestyle strategies.

 

What is Male Infertility?

Fertility is one’s ability to reproduce without medical assistance. Male infertility is when the man has very low chances of impregnating his female partner. It will usually depend on the quality of his sperm cells.

Sometimes infertility is linked to sexual function, and other times it is linked to semen quality. Infertility may depend on genetics, general health, fitness, disease, and dietary contaminants. A healthy lifestyle and diet are important. Some foods and nutrients are associated with greater fertility benefits than others.

Here are five science-backed ways to boost sperm count and increase fertility in men.

1 – Exercise Regularly

Besides being good for your general health, exercising regularly boosts testosterone levels and improves fertility. Studies show that men who exercise regularly have higher testosterone levels and better semen quality than inactive men

But keep in mind that men should avoid too much exercise, as it may have the opposite effect and potentially reduce testosterone levels. If you rarely exercise but want to improve your fertility, make becoming physically active one of your top priorities.

You probably already know that vitamin C has the ability to boost the immune system. Some evidence indicates that taking vitamin C may improve fertility.

Oxidative stress is when levels of reactive oxygen species reach harmful levels in the body. It happens when the body’s own antioxidant defenses are overwhelmed because of disease, aging, unhealthy lifestyle, or environmental pollutants.

There’s evidence that oxidative stress may lead to infertility in men. Taking in enough vitamin C may help counteract some of these harmful effects. There’s also some evidence that vitamin C supplements may improve semen quality.

A study in infertile men showed that taking 1,000-mg vitamin C supplements twice a day for up to 2 months increased sperm motility by 92% and sperm count by more than 100%. It also reduced the proportion of deformed sperm cells by 55%. Vitamin C supplements also significantly improved sperm count and motility, while reducing the numbers of deformed sperm cells.

Taken together, the findings suggested that vitamin C may help improve fertility in infertile men with oxidative stress.

3 – Add Zinc to Your Diet

Zinc is an essential mineral found in high amounts in animal foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, and shellfish. Getting enough zinc is one of the cornerstones of male fertility.

Studies show that low zinc status or deficiency is associated with low testosterone levels, poor sperm quality, and an increased risk of male infertility. Taking zinc supplements increases testosterone levels and sperm count in those who are low in zinc.

Zinc supplements may reduce the decreased testosterone levels that are associated with excessive amounts of high-intensity exercise.

4 – Minimize Stress Levels

Sometimes it’s hard to get into a sexual mood when you’re feeling stressed. but there might be more to it than not feeling up to it. Stress may be reducing your sexual satisfaction and impairing your fertility.

The hormone cortisol may partly explain these adverse effects of stress. Prolonged stress raises levels of cortisol, which has strong negative effects on testosterone. When cortisol goes up, testosterone levels tend to go down.

While severe stress can be treated with medication, milder forms of stress can be reduced with relaxation techniques. Stress management can be as simple as taking a walk in nature, meditating, exercising, or spending time with friends.

5 – Get Your Vitamin D Just Like C

Vitamin D can be important for male fertility. It’s another nutrient that may boost testosterone levels. Studies show that vitamin-D-deficient men were more likely to have low testosterone levels. High vitamin D levels are linked to greater sperm motility, but the evidence is inconsistent.

If you feel you are in need of help with male infertility issues, 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!

Three Ways Z Urology Deals With Kidney / Bladder Stones

Three Ways Z Urology Deals With Kidney / Bladder Stones

Have you had stones? Do you know how painful stones can be? For many, it is just awful, and it becomes an emergency situation. Stone disease is one of the most painful urological disorders. More than a million kidney stone cases are diagnosed each year, with an estimated one out of ten people expected to suffer from a kidney stone at some time in their life.

This is where Z Urology in South Florida comes in to save the day. Let our team diagnose and treat the problem. There are three ways we tackle kidney / bladder stones. But first, what exactly are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are solid pieces that form when substances normally found in the urine, such as minerals and acid salts, become concentrated and crystallize. A stone ranges in size from a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. It may remain in the kidneys or travel down the urinary tract into the ureter. Small stones typically pass on their own, causing little or no pain. However, larger stones get stuck along the tract and block the flow of urine, resulting in intense pain, bleeding, or both.

Anyone can develop kidney stones, but those that are MORE LIKELY include:

  • Men
  • Overweight individuals
  • Those with a family or personal history of kidney stones
  • Dehydrated individuals
  • People who maintain diets high in protein, sodium, or sugar
  • Individuals with certain bowel conditions, such as chronic diarrhea and Crohn’s disease
  • Gastric bypass surgery recipients

 

So how does Z Urology get rid of kidney stones? There are three ways of treatment. All involve some form of lithotripsy. If you are not sure what that is, let’s read further.

What is a Lithotripsy

Lithotripsy is a medical procedure involved in removing kidney / bladder stones through the use of different processes. Through the lithotripsy procedure, these stones are broken down through the use of laser or shock waves.

 

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

This is the most common form of removing a kidney or bladder stone. The procedure involves using shockwaves that come from outside of the body. Z Urology will target the area where the stone is and begin breaking it into smaller pieces. This is a non-invasive procedure. Once the stones have been broken down into a “dust,” they may travel through the urinary tract without much issue. Sometimes the stones may still be slightly too large and further treatment may be required.

Laser Lithotripsy

Laser Lithotripsy is a minimally invasive form of kidney/bladder stone removal. This procedure involves the use of a ureteroscope. This acts as a camera for your urologist. He uses this camera to navigate through the urinary tract into the ureter or kidney. Once inside, he will locate the stone. If necessary, a stent will then be placed within the ureter to protect it as the stones pass through. Once the stones have completely passed, your urologist will remove the stent. This usually takes a few days to a couple of weeks for the process.

 

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy is another form of lithotripsy. This procedure is required when the stones are just too large for other procedures, there were remaining stones after an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, or if the kidney stones are damaging the area where they are present.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida that can help you deal with kidney / bladder stone pains or concerns, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our 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!