Men’s Health: How Urologists Can Help

Source: Vista Health System: Healthy Life

Gentlemen, it’s probably not going to get better on its own. Speak up about your most personal health concerns.

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A physician who specializes in the male reproductive system and urinary tract called a urologist can help provide solutions. If you have urologic health concerns, talk with your doctor about first steps and referrals.

1. Vasectomy

If you are ready for permanent contraception, your urologist can perform this procedure to cut or seal the vas deferens. To block off the tubes that carry your sperm, your urologist may do a conventional or a no-scalpel vasectomy on an outpatient basis.

2. Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) for Kidney Stones

Blood in the urine, burning when you urinate, fever and chills and vomiting are a few signs that may indicate you have a kidney stone that must be addressed. One way your urologist can treat kidney stones is by performing shock wave lithotripsy (SWL), a technique that breaks the stones up into tiny pieces that are small enough to pass through the body via your urine.

3. Neurostimulation for Frequent Urination

If you need to use the bathroom more frequently, your doctor will perform tests to determine the cause. Medication is usually first recommended to manage symptoms. If this approach is not effective, neurostimulation using an implantable device called Interstim might be. After a two-week trial, a permanent placement of the device can manage symptoms long term.

Source: Vista Health System: Healthy Life