What You Should Eat to Prevent Kidney Stones

What You Should Eat to Prevent Kidney Stones

Z Urology knows that anyone who has ever had a kidney stone can attest, passing a kidney stone is something you’re not likely to forget. It is painful and difficult to deal with. One’s diet is something people can watch to keep kidney stones at their minimum or have none at all. Although diet is not 100% effective in preventing stones, it can definitely reduce risk.

 

What Causes Kidney Stones

Kidney stones typically form when compounds that are normally found in urine form crystals and start to clump together. They may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a small pebble. Small stones may pass out of the body without you noticing. If larger stones start to migrate through the urinary tract, you will notice!

Although the pain of passing a kidney stone can be excruciating, they usually pass without causing any further damage. In rare cases, surgery or other treatment may be required. But in most cases, the only treatment is medication to alleviate the pain while they are on the move.

Who Gets Kidney Stones

About 1 in 10 will experience a kidney stone at some point during their lifetime, and men are about twice as likely as women. It actually is pretty rare but does occur. But it is very painful. Kidney stones generally occur after 30 years of age, although it’s possible for younger people to have one as well. Once you’ve had a kidney stone, you’re at a significantly higher risk for future stones.

The tendency to form kidney stones tends to be genetic and runs in families. So if your parents or siblings have had stones, you may be at increased risk. Whether or not you have a family history of stones, though, certain dietary habits can increase or reduce your risk.

How to Prevent Kidney Stones

  • Drink lots of water. The most important thing to do to prevent kidney stones is to drink plenty of water, which helps flush compounds out of the kidneys before they can start making trouble.
  • Reduce salt. Excessive sodium intake can also concentrate the urine, making stone formation more likely.
  • Eat vegetables. A diet high in fruits and vegetables, which raises the pH of the urine, can help prevent kidney stones.
  • Keep protein intake moderate. High protein diets, which lower the pH of your urine, can make kidney stones more likely. If you are nervous about kidney stones, you’ll probably want to stick to a moderate protein diet and get at least some of your protein from plants.
  • Get enough calcium. A low calcium diet can also be a risk factor. This fact surprises a lot of people because kidney stones often contain a lot of calcium, which seems to suggest that too much calcium would be to blame. But it’s actually the opposite. When your diet is higher in calcium, less of it is absorbed in the digestive tract and less ends up in the urine.

 

If you think that you have kidney stones, or are experiencing kidney stone pain, just pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with multiple offices in South Florida. Call today! Get help now to help eliminate the pain.

Z Urology 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 at Z Urology 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.

Vasectomies: 101

Vasectomies: 101

A vasectomy that can be performed at Z Urology, is a procedure that causes a man to no longer be able to get a woman pregnant. It involves cutting or blocking two tubes, called the vas deferens. This assures that sperm can no longer get into the semen.

Path to Improved Health

Vasectomies actually may be the safest, most effective form of birth control. About 1 or 2 out of 1,000 couples get pregnant the first year after a vasectomy is performed.

A vasectomy is usually done in a doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgery center. The operation typically takes about 30 minutes. You will be awake during the procedure and your doctor will give you a local anesthetic in the surgical area. The doctor will then remove a small section of the vas deferens, and seal it with small clamps. They do this on both sides. The punctures are so small that it heals without stitches.

How Should One Prepare for the Operation

There is not much prep that is necessary. Make sure the genital area is clean. Your doctor may give you instructions on how to clean the area before you come in. Your doctor may suggest you bring someone to drive you home after surgery.

What Can I Expect After the Operation

You may have some pain, swelling, and bruising in the area where the surgery was performed. The bruises should slowly lighten and be gone in about one-two weeks. You should feel totally back to normal within 1-2 weeks as well. The doctor will give instructions to follow after surgery. Instructions may include:

  • Wearing tight-fitting underwear or a jockstrap to support the scrotum
  • Using an ice pack to help with pain and swelling
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Limiting yourself to light activity until you heal

When Can I Go Back to Work

If you have a desk job, you can expect to return to work after a couple of days. If you do physical labor, or walk or drive a lot, you will speak with the doctor about when you can go back to work.

Will the Vasectomy Work Right Away

No, not right away. You will need to ejaculate as many as 15 to 20 times or wait up to 3 months before the sperm will be cleared from both of the vas deferens. For that reason, if you are trying to avoid pregnancy, have your partner keep using birth control. The doctor will ask you to bring in samples of your ejaculation two or three months after the procedure. Only after having a sperm-free sample will you be considered unable to get a woman pregnant.

Can a Vasectomy Be Reversed

Yes, vasectomies can be undone or reversed. The surgery is a bit more difficult and is typically performed in a hospital.

What are the Risks of a Vasectomy

Problems that might occur after your vasectomy include bleeding, infection, and mild inflammatory reaction to sperm that may have gotten loose during the surgery (called sperm granuloma).

Another risk is that the ends of the vas deferens may find a way to create a new path to one another. This doesn’t occur very often. But if it does, you could be able to get a woman pregnant.

What Happens to the Sperm

Once sperm can’t get through the vas deferens, your testicles will make lesser sperm. Your body typically will absorb the sperm that are made.

Will a Vasectomy Affect My Sex Life

The great news is that after you have healed from the vasectomy, your sex life shouldn’t change at all. You’ll still ejaculate almost the same amount of semen as you did before, and you won’t notice any change in your sex drive.

When to See a Doctor

Call Dr. Z if you have any of the following:

  • You have a fever
  • You have swelling that won’t go down or keeps getting worse
  • You have trouble urinating
  • You can feel a lump forming in the scrotum

 

So there is no time like RIGHT NOW to schedule the vasectomy that you have been thinking about. Just pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

Z Urology 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 at Z Urology 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.

NCAA March Madness is Right Around the Corner

NCAA March Madness is Right Around the Corner

Z Urology is getting excited for the upcoming 82nd annual edition of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. It is scheduled to begin on March 17, 2020 and will conclude with the championship game on April 6, 2020 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The tournament is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, attracting interest from many countries. There are some real surprise schools at the top of the list right now that will qualify for the upcoming tournament. Schools like Baylor, San Diego State, & Dayton. Of course, you have the stalwart schools like Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, and Villanova as well.

“Sometimes when you shoot, you don’t want to score! Get your vasectomy today! And then you can just relax and watch March Madness Basketball!”

If you have been thinking about getting a vasectomy this is a perfect time! March Madness is about to begin, so schedule your vasectomy at Z Urology! After your vasectomy, you can just sit back, relax, recuperate and watch the games all day long!

Check back at www.zurology.com for the upcoming bracket that you can download right from our website!

For those that are on the fence and want a good reminder of what exactly a vasectomy is and what it entails, a vasectomy is a surgery done by a doctor to which the small tubes in the scrotum that carry sperm are cut or blocked off, so sperm can’t leave your body and cause pregnancy.

The procedure is very quick. You will be home the same day. The procedure is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Almost 100% effective.

Vasectomies are meant to be permanent, so typically they are difficult to reverse. The great news is that Dr. Z Urology CAN REVERSE your vasectomy if you feel that you have had a change of mind. Just contact the office nearest to you to set up a consultation to discuss the possibilities of your reversal.

So there is no time like March to schedule the vasectomy that you have been thinking about, Just pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

Z Urology 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 at Z Urology 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.

Prostate Cancer Death Rates Are on the Rise

Prostate Cancer Death Rates Are on the Rise

prostateWhile most cancers are experiencing a drop in death rates, one of the most common cancers among men is not. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer deaths are on the rise. Researchers estimate in 2020, the number of men who will die from prostate cancer will hit a record high over the last two decades.

Dr. Lee Ponsky is the chairman of urology at University Hospitals, and he noted that some of the reason for the spike in numbers comes from a misguided recommendation.

 

“A number of years ago the U.S. Preventative Task Force actually came out with a recommendation saying they do not recommend screening for prostate cancer,” he said.

 

The group has since changed the recommendation, but Dr. Ponsky said, in some ways, the damage was already done. Not screening patients can significantly lower survival rates. If men are screened and prostate cancer is detected at an early stage, the cure rate is around 99%, said Dr. Ponsky.

Screening is as simple as a blood test that monitors a prostate-specific antigen. Dr. Ponsky said testing is important because not everyone has symptoms. Many of his patients have no symptoms at all.

Prostate testing is now recommended for men around 45 years old, if they’re in a high-risk population, such as men who have a family history of prostate cancer or African American men.

Dr. Ponsky said another big reason for the uptick in death rates is that men, in general, don’t go to the doctor as much as they should for check-ups. He said there’s also a fear associated with what their test results will be.

If you think you may have any signs of prostate cancer, 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.

Z Urology Breaks Down Erectile Dysfunction

Z Urology Breaks Down Erectile Dysfunction

z-urology-buildingOne of the most common reasons that men go to Dr. Z Urology’s office, is because the best urologist in South Florida can help with erectile dysfunction. Before one gets the help they need. They should understand exactly what ED is.

 

 

 

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, 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.

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.