What You Should Know About Laser Lithotripsy

What You Should Know About Laser Lithotripsy

If you have been struggling with kidney stones, you may need laser lithotripsy. Kidney stones can be extremely painful and when they’re of substantial size, it might not be possible to remove them via the urinary tract. When dealing with large kidney stones, many urologists recommend laser lithotripsy. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure and what to expect.

What Are the Advantages of Laser Lithotripsy?

There are several key advantages associated with laser lithotripsy compared to other forms of treatment. For example, laser lithotripsy can be more effective than certain medications designed to treat kidney stones. 

When a patient is suffering from intense pain as a result of their kidney stones and their medication isn’t helping much, lithotripsy may be in order. Small kidney stones typically pass through your system on their own, but larger ones must be removed or dissolved. 

How Does it Work?

Laser lithotripsy is non-invasive, meaning the skin is never pierced or punctured in any way. As opposed to surgical removal, lithotripsy uses a combination of a laser and shockwaves to gradually break down the kidney stones.   

During the procedure, your urologist will utilize a ureteroscope to locate your kidney stones. From there, they will use the laser to dissolve large kidney stones into small individual pieces. If any large kidney stones remain, you will need additional treatment.      

Tired of Painful Kidney Stones? Schedule a Lithotripsy with Z Urology!

The team at Z Urology is highly experienced, as we have performed this procedure countless times with great success. Some kidney stones can grow to the size of a golf ball which makes them incredibly painful. That pain can easily be relieved by our team. Make an appointment today!

You can visit our website directly and schedule an appointment at your convenience or call us at 954-714-8200!

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What to Know About Nephrectomies

What to Know About Nephrectomies

While the word nephrectomy might sound scary, it’s actually considered to have relatively few risks as far as surgeries go. In most cases, it would be far riskier not to have a nephrectomy. Here’s what you need to know about nephrectomies and how to prepare.  

What Is a Nephrectomy?

A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure in which the kidney is removed. The surgery can be invasive or minimally invasive depending on your circumstances. There are also partial nephrectomies, procedures in which a portion of the kidney is removed instead of the entire organ. 

When you need a diseased portion of your kidney removed, you may have the procedure performed laparoscopically which would be less invasive. Nephrectomies are typically performed in an effort to eradicate kidney cancer, remove tumorous growths from a kidney, or treat kidney disease. 

How to Prepare for a Nephrectomy?

Preparing for a nephrectomy is a straightforward process. Ideally, you should have another adult to accompany you. You’ll need to fast for a number of hours before your procedure. Once you’re ready, general anesthesia will be administered before the procedure begins. 

You may be required to undergo certain tests prior to your surgery depending on the reason for your nephrectomy and medical history. Most commonly, you’ll need a blood test, urine test, and X-rays. You may require a CT scan or an MRI scan of your kidneys as well. After surgery, you will most likely have to stay in a hospital for a period of several days.  

Have Your Nephrectomy at Z Urology, a top Urology Clinic in South Florida

The team at Z Urology looks forward to performing your nephrectomy and improving your health. Our medical professionals are the best at what they do and are dedicated to helping you as a patient. 

Looking for a Fort Lauderdale urologist? Get in touch with us today and schedule an appointment at your convenience or call us at 954-714-8200!

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Dr. Christopher P. Hollowell Receives Center of Excellence Award for UroLift

Dr. Christopher P. Hollowell Receives Center of Excellence Award for UroLift

The team at Z Urology has always been proud of Dr. Christopher P. Hollowell and yet, he still manages to find new ways to impress. As the recipient of such prestigious awards as the Rezūm Center of Excellence, Dr. Hollowell has proven to be one of the most talented urologists in South Florida. 

He topped himself again as he recently earned the UroLift Center for Excellence, a designation that cements his reputation as a credit to his field. More impressive still is the fact that he is one of the remarkably few doctors to retain the designation of Center of Excellence by both Rezūm and UroLift simultaneously.  

What it Means for You as a Patient

As a recipient of the Center for Excellence award from Rezūm and UroLift, practically no one is more qualified as Z Urology’s very own Dr. Christopher Hollowell. Rezūm and UroLift are considered to be safe and highly effective treatment options for patients suffering from BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

BPH, a condition that can cause urinary incontinence, affects over 10 million men throughout the United States. When left untreated, BPH can lead to a urinary tract infection and severe kidney damage. 

If you’re suffering from BPH, Dr. Hollowell can help. He’s happy to answer any questions you may have about Rezūm and UroLift. If one of those treatment options appears to be the best option for your particular case, you can count on Dr. Hollowell to administer the treatment. 

Schedule an Appointment at Z urology with Dr. Christopher P. Hollowell!

Remember, BPH can lead to more serious problems down the road. When you make an appointment with Dr. Hollowell, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you’re in the hands of an expert in his field. 

Suffering from BPH? Give Z Urology a call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hollowell today!

Struggling with ED? Try Amniotic Biologic Treatment

Struggling with ED? Try Amniotic Biologic Treatment

As the founder of Z Urology, Dr. Zahalsky has lent his medical expertise to men and women seeking treatment for a wide variety of urological treatments. 

Dr. Zahalsky’s involvement with a study on the viability of amniotic biologics as a potential treatment option for men afflicted with ED produced some promising results. Here’s what you should know about the study and why an amniotic biologic injection could be the best way to cure your erectile dysfunction. 

How Amniotic Biologics Can Help Men with ED

In a study conducted by Dr. Zahalsky, participants were injected with placental-derived stem cells in an effort to cure their erectile dysfunction. The results revealed that the injection was effective in that it successfully reversed the effects of erectile dysfunction within a year or less. 

While improvements were seen in as little as 3 months, the most significant results occurred a year after the injection. The injection helps reverse the effects of ED by increasing blood flow to the penis while also improving the growth of blood vessels. 

Although 3 months to a year might sound like a long time to wait to see results, it’s a superior alternative to never restoring any function at all. When you have ED, it’s important to seek treatment as early as possible. The sooner you make an appointment with a respected clinic like Z Urology and seek treatment, the sooner you can start seeing results.

ED Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent, Make an Appointment Today!

If you live in the South Florida area and you have ED, it’s time to make an appointment with Z Urology. As Dr. Zahalsky and his team of medical professionals have demonstrated time and time again, ED can be corrected. 

You can visit our website directly and schedule an appointment at your convenience or call us at 954-714-8200!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Scores of Men Get Vasectomies as an Act of Love, Will You Join Them?

Scores of Men Get Vasectomies as an Act of Love, Will You Join Them?

With so much controversy over abortions in the continuous debate on birth control, men have found a solution. Men across the nation are stepping up and taking the pressure off of the women in their lives. Here’s how they’re doing it and why you should consider stepping up with them. 

Men Are Bypassing the Birth Control Debate by Getting  Vasectomies as an Act of Love

Women have always been under a lot of pressure when it comes to birth control, especially in today’s political environment. For years, men have expected women to either take a birth control pill or get an abortion whenever birth control methods fail. This mindset has led to a serious imbalance. 

Most birth control pills give women undesirable side effects that can affect their quality of life. Do men have to take a birth control pill every day and suffer the side effects? No, they don’t. A vasectomy, however, is a more eloquent solution, one that countless men across the country are embracing. Getting a vasectomy solved the birth control problem. More importantly, it’s a birth control solution that doesn’t come with any adverse side effects.  

Of course, getting a vasectomy is something to be considered very carefully. It’s also a great way to take responsibility for birth control into your own hands. Getting a vasectomy takes the pressures of birth control off of your partner which is one of the reasons why more men are getting vasectomies today.  

Ready for a Vasectomy? Call Z Urology and Schedule an Appointment

When you’re ready to have a vasectomy, you’ll want the skills of an expert medical professional. If you live in South Florida and you need a vasectomy, Z Urology should be your first choice. 

You can visit our website directly and schedule an appointment at your convenience or call us at 954-714-8200!

We can’t wait to hear from you!