Urinary incontinence is a common problem for men and women throughout the world. Any loss of bladder control is a sign of urinary incontinence. In fact, around 20 million Americans currently have or have had signs of urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. This statistic doesn’t include any of those who have signs, but do not report them to the doctor out of fear or embarrassment. There are many signs, types, risk factors, causes and symptoms of urinary incontinence. We’ll go over them here.
What are the Signs of Urinary Incontinence?
There are many different things that can be seen as a loss of bladder control. The most basic one being that urine leaks through due to an underlying circumstance. Examples of these circumstances are:
- Functional Incontinence – This is a term that means a person is unable to make it to the toilet due to a physical or mental disability.
- Overflow Incontinence – When the bladder becomes too full and you are unable to empty in time, overflow of urine may cause a small amount of leakage.
- Urge Incontinence – When someone has a large urge to urinate and they are unable to withhold it.
- Mixed Incontinence – A combination of both urge and stress incontinence.
- Stress Incontinence – This term defines a loss of urinary control due to physical contractions. Such as coughing or sneezing.
Narrowing Down the Source
Urinary incontinence is usually a symptom of your lifestyle and underlying health conditions. Here is a list of different things that can lead to urinary incontinence.
- Too Many Fluids
- Bladder Irritation
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Inflammation of the Prostate Gland
- Bladder Stones
- Bladder Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Neurological Disorders
All of these can be an underlying cause of urinary incontinence and it is important to be honest with your doctor about everything you’re involved with and even slight symptoms or signs you notice. Once the source of the urinary incontinence is located, then treatment will begin. Again, urinary incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom of behaviors and personal health.
With all the COVID-19 social distancing measurements in place, it is difficult to get into a medical facility to talk with a professional face-to-face. In these instances, telemedicine appointments are not only easier to manage and follow through but, are recommended! In-person visits are mostly discouraged until the entire COVID-19 pandemic begins to sort itself out. Surgeries, scans, and other procedures are truly the only reason you need to have in-person visits. All other questions, concerns and details may be sorted out on a telemedicine visit. These may either be over the telephone, or on a video conference.
How to Prepare for a Telemedicine Visit
Z Urology is proud to offer telemedicine visits to all our patients. Now, the most important part about telemedicine appointments, is ensuring that your insurance provider covers them. You don’t want to deal with your insurance provider informing you after a simple telemedicine appointment that the visit wasn’t covered.
Preparation for the telemedicine visit is also recommended. First, you’re going to want to ensure any of the technology being used is fully function and maintaining a connection. You don’t want your phone to die, internet to disconnect or any other error in between to happen mid-appointment. Second, if there are any visible problems that you have detected, images taken prior to the examination can help a lot.
Finally, any important prior medical issues, problems you have been experiencing and any questions you may have, should be written down prior to the appointment. These questions will all be able to be gone through but, you should have a head-start on the visit to ensure everything gets covered.
If you have any questions for a Urologist and you want to book a telemedicine appointment, then contact Z Urology as soon as possible. We are accepting all patients for telemedicine and we encourage you to let us know.
A Rezum procedure is a transurethral needle ablation procedure to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that can be performed in a clinic or out-patient setting. This procedure uses water vapor to treat the extra prostate tissue. This tissue is usually the cause of urinary dysfunction such as infrequency, urgency, weak stream, straining and getting up at night in order to urinate. This is a minimally invasive procedure that is able to be completed within minutes and even provide very low amounts of pain if any at all.
Assessing the Need for a Rezum Procedure
Most of the time, a Rezum procedure is going to be recommended if you have BPH. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is when the prostate gland becomes enlarged. This enlargement usually causes compression on the urethra which would therein cause the body to have difficulty urinating. Believe it or not, BPH affects more than 50% of men over the age of 50. So, it is not uncommon to experience symptoms.
Although many men receive BPH, not all of them receive a Rezum treatment. This procedure is used mainly when no other medicinal treatments are working or being accepted by the patient. Also, if the patient is not responding well to the surgical options outside of Rezum, but they do agree that something minimally invasive could prove useful. Most of the time, this treatment is used for prostate volumes of 30 – 90 grams.
Are the any Negative Side-Effects of a Rezum Treatment?
First of all, this minimally invasive procedure is used due to the fact that the patient has denied the other means of surgical and medicinal treatments. This procedure is done by inserting the tool through the urethra. Side effects may include painful urination, frequent urination, blood in urine, blood in semen or the inability to completely empty the bladder. Most of these symptoms can be managed with mild pain medication and warm baths.
One of the most sensitive subjects for all men is their sexual health. Most people don’t like to admit that they have a sexual dysfunction issue. For men, it consists of being unable to obtain an erection, maintain an erection or even an overall lower sexual desire. This lower sexual desire is sometimes reinforced by the mindset of the man going through the erectile dysfunction symptoms. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) actually effects around 30 million men through the United States. However, there are solutions to fixing the issues with ED and it all comes to narrowing down the cause of it all.
What are the Symptoms and Causes of ED?
In order for a healthy erection to take place, there must be properly functioning nerves to the penis, adequate blood circulation into the penis, a stimulus from the brain and the veins within the penis must be able to hold onto the blood circulating. If any of these processes are incomplete, then you may have difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection. Now, the causes of ED may be very vast. Your sexual health traces back to your physical and psychological health as well. Therefore, if you are experiencing any problems with any of these, then that may be the cause of erectile dysfunction. For example:
- Physical Causes
- Alcohol or Tobacco use
- Heart Disease
- Psychological Causes
- Depression and/or Anxiety
- Relationship Problems
What are the Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?
Once the source of the issue is slightly narrowed down, action may be taken to treat ED. There have been all types of successful treatments for erectile dysfunction including:
- Penile Prosthesis
- Testosterone Therapy
- Psychological Therapy
- Penile Injections
These are a few of the different ways that Urologists will treat a patient with erectile dysfunction. If you are suffering from, or believe to be having symptoms of ED, then contact a Z Urology as soon as possible!
Men all over the world consider different ways of birth control. When most people think of birth control, they usually think of the pills that women take in order to stop the pregnancy cycle. However, there are tons of different types of birth control. Condoms, IUDs, birth control implants, birth control shots and of course, a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control that involves removing or blocking the van deferens from being able to transport sperm from the testicles to the penis. Out of all of the birth control options, a vasectomy is one of the most effective forms.
Procedure of the Vasectomy
The first step of a vasectomy is finding a trusted Urologist to take care of one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Z Urology is home to fellowship-trained and very experienced South Florida urologists. Your traditional vasectomy consists of making a couple slits within the scrotum with a scalpel. Through these slits, the surgeon will enter the scrotum and remove the vas deferens within. Once the vas deferens have been removed, there will no longer be any transfer of sperm from the testicles to the penis. Your scrotum will then be stitched up and sealed in order for the surgery to complete and the recovery period to begin.
Recovering After a Vasectomy
As all surgeries, after a vasectomy you may experience pain and discomfort within the area. As long as this doesn’t become worse or an intense pain, then everything is going according to plan. The recovery period isn’t as long as you would assume. A wait period of 2 – 3 days is recommended after the completion of a vasectomy before returning to work. If pain is bothering, an ice pack is also recommended. Do not be shocked by having blood within your semen for the following few weeks. Your body must drain itself of the remaining semen in order to completely nullify the chance of pregnancy. After 8 – 15 weeks, your sperm count should be close, if not already, zero. Your urologist will help guide you through the recovery phase as well.