Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are responsible for more than 8.1 million visits to physicians’ offices per year and about five percent of all visits to primary care physicians. Approximately 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men will experience at least one symptomatic urinary tract infection during their lifetime. How do you know if you have one? What is the best treatment? Learn more about Urinary Tract Infections
Approximately 70,000 cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed every year in the US with 15,000 deaths yearly. If caught early bladder cancer is highly treatable. Risk factors for developing bladder cancer include smoking, exposure to toxins (certain dyes, rubber and chemicals), prior radiation therapy to the pelvis and chronic bladder inflammation. Older white men are diagnosed more frequently than any other population, but bladder cancer has been diagnosed in men and women of all races. Learn more about Bladder Cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, affecting over 192,280 American men annually with over 27,000 of these men dying each year. Yet, when detected in its early stages, prostate cancer can be effectively treated and cured. What are its causes and symptoms? How is it diagnosed? The following information should help answer such questions.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in aging men. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra. This can cause men to have trouble urinating leading to the symptoms of BPH. Learn more about BPH
Prostatitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the prostate and sometimes the area around it. There are several types of prostatitis, each with a range of symptoms. Some men with the disease will experience severe pain and others will not be bothered; and the rest fall in between the two. However, the symptoms of the disease do have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life. Learn more about Prostatitis
Stone disease is among the most painful and prevalent urological disorders. More than a million kidney stone cases are diagnosed each year with an estimated 10 percent of Americans destined to suffer from kidney stones at some point in their lives. The incidence of urolithiasis, or stone disease, is about 12% by age 70 for males and 5-6% for females in the United States. Learn more about Kidney Stones
Kidney cancer, also known as renal-cell carcinoma, is a disease that will affect approximately 65,000 men and women this year. Approximately 14,000 men and women will unfortunately die of this disease. The disease is most common in men. Risk factors for the disease include smoking, as well as misuse certain pain medications. The initial signs may include blood in the urine or an abnormal physical examination. Generally, these cancers are picked up more and more frequently with the use of routine imaging studies, such as CT scans. Fortunately, the majority of the patients are found to have the disease in the early stages, and therefore their prognosis or long-term outcomes have improved with time. Learn more about Renal Cancer.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical term that describes the inability to achieve and or maintain an erect penis adequate for sexual function. This condition is one of the most common sexual problems for men and increases with age. It is estimated between 15 to 30 million American men suffer from ED, although not all men are equally distressed by the problem.
Dr. William F. Flanagan M.D. has been recognized as an expert in treating Erectile Dysfuntion by Coloplast Men’s Health. GHS Regional Urology is the only center in South Carolina that has been given a Center of Excellence designation for the treatment of E.D. Learn more about Erectile Dysfunction
Low serum testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or Andropause, affects roughly 39% of men over the age of 45. The prevalence of low testosterone increases with age. Researcher have found that the incidence of low testosterone increases from approximately 20% of men over 60, to 30% of men over 70 and 50% of men over 80 years of age. There are both sexual and non-sexual signs and symptoms associated with low testosterone. Sexual symptoms include poor erectile function, low libido (desire for sex), weaker and fewer erections, and reduced sexual activity. Nonsexual symptoms include increased body fat, decreased energy and fatigue, reduced muscle mass, and depression. Learn more about Low Testosterone
Infertility is a common yet complex problem affecting approximately 10 -15 % of couples attempting to conceive a baby. In up to one third of couples having difficulty getting pregnant, the problem is at least in part related to male reproductive issues. It is essential that men be assessed to pinpoint the treatable or untreatable causes of this heartbreaking health issue. Fortunately, with today’s high-tech procedures and powerful drugs, a diagnosis of infertility may simply mean the road to parenthood may be challenging but not impossible. So read below to learn more about the available treatment options so you are better prepared when talking with your urologist and/or fertility specialist. Learn more about Male Infertility
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. About 33 million Americans have overactive bladder. Thirty percent of all men and 40 percent of all women in the United States live with OAB symptoms. But the number of people suffering from OAB is most likely much larger. That’s because many people living with OAB don’t ask for help. Some are embarrassed. They don’t know how to talk to their healthcare professional about their symptoms. Other people don’t ask for help because they think there aren’t any treatments for OAB. Learn more about Overactive Bladder
Premature ejaculation (PE) is characterized by a lack of voluntary control over ejaculation. Many men occasionally ejaculate sooner than they or their partner would like during sexual activities. PE is a frustrating problem that can reduce the enjoyment of sex, harm relationships and affect quality of life. Occasional instances of PE might not be cause for concern. However, when the problem occurs frequently and causes distress to the man or his partner, treatment may be of benefit. Learn more about Premature Ejaculation
Peyronie’s Disease (penile curvature)
Peyronie’s disease (also known as indurations plastica penis) is an acquired inflammatory condition of the penis. The principle manifestation of Peyronie’s disease is the formation of a plaque (a segment of flat scar tissue) within the tunica albuginea of the penis. This plaque can usually be felt through the penile skin. This plaque is not a tumor but it may lead to serious problems such as curved and/or painful erections. Learn more about Peyronie’s Disease
Vasectomy is the most common non-diagnostic operation performed by urologists in the United States. It is a procedure that divides the vas deferens-a tube that transports sperm. Compared to tubal ligation performed in women, which is also a method of permanent contraception, vasectomy is equally effective in preventing pregnancy; . However, vasectomy is simpler, faster, safer and less expensive. Vasectomy is one of the most cost-effective of all methods of contraception; its cost is about one-fourth of the cost of tubal ligation. Vasectomy requires less time off work, requiring only local rather than general anesthesia and is usually performed in a Greenville Health System Urologist’s office. The potential complications of vasectomy are less serious than those of tubal ligation. Learn more about Vasectomy
Urinary incontinence is the accidental loss of urine. More than 15 million American men and women suffer from this disease. Many of these people suffer in silence unnecessarily, and are prevented from doing activities and living the life they want to lead. Since incontinence can be managed or treated, the following information should help you discuss this condition and what treatments are available to you with your urologist. For millions of Americans, incontinence is not just a medical problem. It is a problem that also affects emotional, psychological and social well-being. Many people are afraid to participate in normal daily activities that might take them too far from a toilet, so it is particularly important to note that the great majority of incontinence causes can be treated successfully. Learn more about Urinary Incontinence
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