Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Urology?

Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with diseases of the urinary tract and sexual function concerns in men and women.

  • What is the Prostate?

The prostate is a gland that forms part of you reproductive system. It surrounds the urethra and is located in front of your rectum and just below you bladder. It’s about the size of a walnut and has two lobes (regions) that are surrounded by an outer layer of tissue. The prostate squeezes fluids into your semen, through your urethra, during sexual climax. These fluids energize the sperm and help them to move.

  • What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder problem?
  1. The urge to find a bathroom immediately is overwhelming — whether or not anything actually comes out once you do.
  2. A burning sensation while urinating is one of the top symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) in both women and men. What’s more, this symptom is probably not just in your imagination: UTIs are the second most common kind of infection in the body, though they’re more common in women.
  3. After age 40, some men notice that their urinary stream becomes weak, dribbles, or is easily interrupted. “Hesitant” is the adjective doctors sometimes use. When this symptom is accompanied by a more frequent need to urinate (or to try to urinate), especially at night, or a need to “go” suddenly, prostate problems are often to blame.
  4. if your bladder awakens you twice or more per night or this happens routinely (symptoms known as nocturia), there’s likely another underlying problem: overactive bladder.
  5. If you lose a few drops (or more) of urine when you exert yourself physically, even doing something as minor as laughing hard or sneezing, you’ve got stress incontinence.
  6. It’s common for women with bladder control problems to urinate upon penetration, or to leak or even empty their bladder upon reaching orgasm.
  7. Seeing blood in the urine, which may appear as a pink or red spot or eddy, always warrants mentioning immediately to a doctor. The cause is often something as benign as a urinary tract infection or leftover menses, but it can also flag a more serious health issue.
  8. Urine that suddenly turns very dark should also be mentioned to a doctor. Dark brown may signal a liver problem, for example, and dark orange indicates dehydration.

Educational Links

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/cystoscopy

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/bladder-prolapse-(cystocele)

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/erectile-dysfunction

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/prostate-cancer

Educational Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0-HXugWdDw – Female Cystoscopy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72aHgYupkeo – TURP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiw8YM4YLFE – Male Cystoscopy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72mdLcjaDV4&index=2&list=PLMZsL8pDP5tDCcOJy9_WlVj58A6RfyLJz –Urodynamics Procedure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK_iOuWjVY4 – Urodynamics Procedure