Kidney stones. Bladder control issues. Incontinence. Prostate problems. Urinary tract infections. These are just a few reasons you might need to see a urologist.
Whether it's blood in the urine, discomfort while urinating, or concerns about fertility, we know these might not be symptoms you want to talk about. But it's important to seek treatment as soon as you think you have a problem, and you can feel comfortable bringing your concerns to the team of experienced urologists and other urology specialists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White – Plano.
We treat the urological health needs of both men and women using advanced technology for the following conditions:
Urinary tract infections: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) commonly involve the bladder, but also less frequently the kidney or urethra. Usual symptoms include burning with urination, frequent urination, urgency or pelvic pain. Kidney infections are associated with fever, chills and flank (side) pain.
Bladder stone disease: Bladder stones are most commonly seen in men with BPH (see below) and result from urine stagnation leading to stone growth.
Kidney stones: These masses are most commonly made of calcium and result from inadequate fluid intake. Stones that are too big to pass on their own can be broken up with ultrasonic waves in a procedure called lithotripsy or with lasers.
Male reproductive concerns: Reproductive issues include both male infertility and erectile dysfunction. We offer medication options as well as surgical procedures.
Pelvic floor prolapse: The muscles and ligaments that support a woman's pelvic organs can become weak, which can cause the pelvic organs to prolapse—or move out of place. Pelvic floor reconstruction surgery at Baylor Scott & White – Plano can repair the problem. Urogynecologists are other specialists who do these surgeries.
Prostate cancer: The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that wraps around the urethra and makes up part of the male reproductive system. Men older than 50 are most at risk for this cancer, which is most often detected with a prostate exam or prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and confirmed with a biopsy. Treatment options include radiation, open prostatectomy and less invasive prostatectomy.
Prostate enlargement: Also called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), an enlarged prostate can cause difficulty with urination as well as a more frequent and urgent need to urinate. BPH can be treated with medication or minimally invasive procedures, such as holmium laser ablation.
Sexual dysfunction (for women): Women may experience a reduction in sex drive, a strong dislike of sexual activity, difficulty becoming aroused, inability to achieve orgasm, or pain with sexual activity or intercourse.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Urinary incontinence in men and women: Problems with urination are common in women, because pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and the female anatomy can conspire to cause problems. In fact, half of all women struggle with stress incontinence—the involuntary loss of urine that occurs during activities such as exercising, laughing or sneezing—during their lifetimes. Both men and women can experience urge incontinence, also called overactive bladder or overflow incontinence, which causes a strong, sudden need to urinate and urine leakage.
Urological cancers: These include cancer of the bladder, kidney, prostate and testes.
Vasectomy and vasectomy reversal: A vasectomy is surgery to cut the vas deferens, the tubes that carry a man's sperm from his scrotum to his urethra, so that sperm cannot move out of the testes. A man who has had a successful vasectomy cannot make a woman pregnant.
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