The urinary tract includes your bladder and the urethra, which carries urine away from your bladder to exit your body. Problems in this area may lead to the following symptoms:
- Blood in your urine
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- An inability to urinate
- Overactive bladder
Impotence or ED is a very common problem in all age groups. Causes could include:
- Stress or performance anxiety
- Vascular obstruction from hardening of the arteries
- Hormonal imbalance with low testosterone
- Side effects of diabetes
- Neurological damage
We’ll help identify the cause of the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Treatments range from hormonal supplementation, use of Viagra, penile injection with Prostaglandin, use of a vacuum device and penile prosthesis. A penile prosthesis is placed in the hospital under anesthesia, with a short stay of 24-48 hours. Different types of prostheses are available and include a malleable, self-contained inflatable, or a two or three piece fully inflatable prothesis.
Nearly 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 will experience issues with an enlarged prostate. Over the age of 80, that number is about 80%. When the prostate gland grows to an unhealthy size it’s called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The growth can cause symptoms that include:
- Urinating frequently
- Difficulty urinating
- A feeling that you can’t get all the urine out
Treatment to relieve symptoms starts with medication to either relieve the tension around the urethra or reduce the size of the prostate. If medication is not enough to relieve symptoms, we will discuss surgery with you.
Prostate cancer is very common, and the likelihood of developing it increases with age. It usually grows slowly, however, so we’ll consider your age, overall health and aggressiveness of the cancer when discussing treatment options with you. Treatment could include monitoring, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination.
Kidney stones, which are small mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys, can be painful to pass, but usually cause no permanent damage. We will usually recommend drinking a lot of water to help pass a stone and taking pain medication if needed. If a stone becomes lodged in the urinary tract or causes complications, we can perform surgery to remove it.
Dr. Robert Bennett is fellowship trained in pediatric urology and provides assessment and care for pediatric urology conditions, including:
- Childhood genitourinary disease, conditions affecting the urinary or genital organs
- Bed wetting / childhood Incontinence
- Kidney stones