Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man's quality of life. BPH is a very common condition and is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist. Whether you have just started experiencing symptoms or if you've tried various medications or even surgery, there are a range of treatment options available.
The UroLift® System treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.
The UroLift System treatment is a straightforward procedure that is performed by a urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, like open curtains on a window, to relieve compression on the urethra. This allows urine to flow normally again. The UroLift System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.
Prostate cancer is a disease where cancer develops in the prostate gland, a gland located solely in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer develops mostly in men that are over the age fifty, but it is recommended by authorities to start annual checkups for men in high-risk groups over the age of forty. It is possible for the cancer cells to metastasize (spread) from the prostate to other body parts such as the bones and lymph nodes, so early detection is critical. The specific causes of prostate cancer remain unknown, but factors such as age, genetics, race, diet, lifestyle, medications, as well as other factors are related to the cause, with age being the primary risk factor.
Studies have shown, balanced hormones are necessary for good health and disease prevention for women and men as we age. BioTE® optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets just under the skin. Hormone pellets release bio-identical hormones into the bloodstream continuously. After hormone optimization, patients report back to their BioTE® trained practitioner, that it’s amazing something so small can make a huge difference in your life.
Urinary Incontinence is the inability to hold urine in the bladder due to loss of voluntary control over the urinary sphincters resulting in the involuntary passage of urine. It is often temporary, and it almost always results from an underlying medical condition.
Ureteroscopy is the examination of the ureters, the tubes connecting your kidney to your bladder, using a tiny tube that allows your doctor to see the lining of the ureter and perform several diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
BTL Emsella is a breakthrough treatment for urinary incontinence and overactive bladder, now provided at Northwoods Urology.
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the tissues of the pelvic floor get stretched and increase in laxity. This can cause the bladder to sag over the anterior wall of the vagina, interfering with proper bladder function, especially when it is full.
Male Infertility is a term that refers to infertility in male humans. Male infertility is involved in a sexually paired couple's inability to conceive in a significant number of cases, with estimates ranging from 40-50%.
Robotic surgery is the use of robots in performing surgery. Three major advances aided by surgical robots have been remote surgery, minimally invasive surgery and unmanned surgery. Major potential advantages of robotic surgery are precision and miniaturization. Further advantages are articulation beyond normal manipulation and three-dimensional magnification.
(ED or (male) impotence) is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis. There are various underlying causes, such as cardiovascular leakage and diabetes, many of which are medically treatable. Nerve trauma from prostatectomy surgery can cause chronic erectile dysfunction.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure in which the vasa deferentia of a male mammal are cut for the purpose of sterilization. There are some variations on the procedure such as no-scalpel (keyhole) vasectomies, in which a surgical hook, rather than a scalpel, is used to enter the scrotum.
See our blog posting about No Scalpel Vasectomy.
Also called renal calculi, nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis, are solid masses of precipitated minerals in urine that typically form inside the kidneys. They are often formed and passed without any symptoms, but if they reach a certain size, they can cause pain and other symptoms that need to be managed by a urologist.
A lithotriptor is a medical device used in the non-invasive treatment of kidney stones (urinary calculosis) and biliary calculi (stones in the gallbladder or in the liver. The scientific name of this procedure is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL). Lithotripsy was developed in the early 1980s in Germany by Dornier Medizintechnik GmbH (now known as Dornier MedTech Systems GmbH), and came into widespread use with the introduction of the HM-3 lithotriptor in 1983. Within a few short years, ESWL revolutionized treatment of calculosis. It is estimated that more than one million patients are treated annually with ESWL in the USA alone.
Although men considering vasectomies should not think of them as reversible, and most men and their spouses are satisfied with the operation, there is a procedure to reverse vasectomies using vasovasostomy (a form of microsurgery first performed by Earl Owen in 1971).
Transurethral Microwave Therapy
(TUMT) uses microwave heat to shrink excess prostate tissue. Doctors insert a small microwave antenna attached to a flexible tube (catheter) through your penis into the part of the urethra surrounded by the prostate gland. The antenna emits a dose of microwave energy that heats overgrown prostate cells and destroys them without damaging nearby normal tissue.
Nitrouseal® is a medical device that was invented by a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist specifically for administering nitrous sedation in any medical setting without exposing medical personnel to the exhaled nitrous. This is accomplished by utilizing a patented disposable face-mask and breathing circuit (tubing) to administer the inhaled nitrous/oxygen mixture and to then capture and eliminate the exhaled nitrous. The Nitrouseal® System has become the accepted standard for delivering nitrous sedation to kids in most pediatric hospitals nationwide.