Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Medical Providers in our practice?
A urologist is a physician who has specialized knowledge and skill regarding problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Because of the variety of clinical problems encountered, knowledge of internal medicine, gynecology, and other specialties is required of the urologist. Urology is a surgical specialty.
A physician assistant (PA) is a healthcare professional who is licensed to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. PAs are concerned with preventing and treating illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the supervision of physicians. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, perform procedures, prescribe medications, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery.
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE
An advanced practice nurse (APN) is a nurse with additional education. APNs are prepared with advanced didactic and clinical education, knowledge, skills, and scope of practice in nursing. APNs undergo post-graduate education and are able to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, prescribe medications, perform procedures, and may assist in surgery. In our office, APNs practice in close consultation with our physicians.
CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER - CRNP
A certified nurse practitioner (CRNP) manages acute and chronic medical conditions, through history and physical examinations and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. CRNPs are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice. In addition to building upon and expanding their nursing knowledge and skills, the nurse practitioner also learns medicine and uses medical diagnoses and medical treatments in their practice. They serve in primary and specialty medical care.
Conditions treated by our practice:
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a noncancerous growth of the prostate. This can cause urinary difficulty or obstruction and is very common as men age. It can be treated medically or with minimally invasive or surgical therapies. | Prostate Cancer is cancerous or abnormal growth of the prostate. It is the most common cancer found in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men behind lung cancer. Treatments range from surgery to remove the prostate, radiation therapy or observation in select cases.
Bladder cancer typically originates from the inner layer of the bladder lining. The most common cause of bladder cancer in the United States is Tobacco use. The most common symptom is painless blood in the urine. To rule out bladder cancer, your provider may recommend cystoscopy (running a scope into the bladder).
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection. Most men experience this at some point in their lives. There are many treatment options for management of ED ranging in medications to increase blood flow to surgical intervention depending on the severity.
Kidney cancer is abnormal tumor growth in the kidney. In general, kidney cancers tend to be slow growing. The primary intervention is surgical resection of the tumor or kidney although there are other options depending on the stage of the tumor.
Kidney stones are hard mineral deposits that form in the kidney. They typically do not cause pain when in the kidney, but severe pain can ensue when they start to pass down the ureter toward the bladder. Stones can often be passed by a patient with plenty of fluid intake and certain medications. At times, procedures may be necessary to break up stones or remove them from the urinary tract.
Testosterone is a hormone associated with normal male sex growth with reference to secondary male characteristics. Testosterone production starts at puberty and decreases after age 50. Sometimes low energy or sex drive can be associated with abnormally low testosterone levels.
Testicular cancer is prevalent in males between ages 18 and 32. Not all testicular lumps are cancerous, but any abnormality should be seen by a provider as soon as possible.
Urinary incontinence is the inability to store urine in the bladder normally causing uncontrolled leakage. Both men and women can demonstrate urinary incontinence. In males this may be associated with enlarged prostates. In females urinary incontinence is many times associated with pelvic floor weakness and/or vaginal prolapse. Treatment varies by patient but symptoms may be helped by medication, exercise or in some cases surgery.
Cystoscopy is the introduction of a thin telescope through the urethra into the bladder to visualize the bladder.
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to cut and close off the tubes (vas deferens) that deliver sperm from the testes; it is performed as a means of permanent contraception. The procedure typically takes 10-20 minutes to perform and is easily tolerated by the majority of men. Complications are rare and there is no change in sexual function. During ejaculation, seminal fluid produced by the prostate gland mixes with sperm from the testes to form semen, which is ejaculated from the penis. When the tubes are surgically closed, the sperm no longer mixes with the ejaculate.