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Getting Sorted Out: What Sorts of Tests Can Be Expected?

Welcome back to another blog post! Things have rather hectic but I wanted to make sure that there would always be another article that you guys can use to supplement your understanding about urology and what you guys can do to be in better health. Today’s discussion is going out to anyone who has ever been unsure of what sorts of tests patients are usually put under when they are suspected to have urological issues.

Here are some of the common tests or procedures that I and other urologists may subject you to:

Urine Collection for 24 Hours

Usually when your urologist believes that there might be something in your kidney or your bladder, they will ask you to collect some of your urine over the span of 24 hours. You are expected to keep the samples cold or cool until it is time to submit the samples to the lab for testing.

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You will usually be given a special set of containers and a schedule on which you should be collecting samples. The bottles should be clearly marked with the time of the collection.

Cystoscopy

This is a quick and often painless procedure that is done for both sexes. The examination and procedure involves placing a lighted scope into the urethra. This is necessary to inspect the state of the urethral passage and the canal which leads to the bladder.

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X-Ray

An x-ray is a fairly common test. Whenever a person is feeling any sort of pain in their lower torso or mid-section, an x-ray is always in order. An x-ray will help your medical practitioner to determine the visible cause of your pain or your symptoms. If they cannot see anything visibly wrong, there will be other exams that will follow like a battery of blood work.

Ultrasound

Now an ultrasound might seems like it something that only gynecologists make use of. However, your kidney’s health can also be determined through an ultrasound. The image that the test can create can provide the medical practitioner a better idea of where your kidneys are and if there are any visible issues.

Prostate Exam

This was discussed at quite some length with our very first blog post. A prostate exam is ideally done to determine the present state of a man’s prostate gland. Additional tests will be conducted if the urologist determines they are necessary. It is ideal for men to start getting annual prostate exams around their forties.

I feel that there will always be some sort of concern regarding the tests that are linked to urological problems. This is why I firmly believe that having frank discussions like the one we’ve had today. I hope that more and more individuals will understand the tests and prepare themselves accordingly. Now, I’d like to pass on a question to all of you, what sort of tests or procedures do you expect from the urologists office?

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Bladder Health: Four Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

With the temperatures rising significantly, there have been more and more people that have been having bladder problems. Our bladder is one of the most hardworking yet underappreciated organs in our body. So today, I wanted to give some handy tips on how you can keep your bladder in better health.

Drink More Water

Never underestimate what water can do for your body. Don’t fall into the latest trend of juice cleansing and other things. Your body needs water consistently. Your body uses the water that you drink to flush out any unwanted bacteria or acids from your system. When you do not give your body the water that it needs, you can experience visible differences in the color of your urine.

Always remember that water is very, very good for you. During hot seasons, always make it a point to pack a water bottle with you so that no matter where you go, you’ll always have access to liquids.

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Don’t Hold It In

Holding in one’s pee is often a normal fact of life especially when you live an active one. At the most, it is acceptable to hold in one’s pee for about an hour. The trouble begins when you regularly hold in your bladder and start prolonging the period between urinating. When you keep in your pee, you put additional stress on your system.

If you make it a habit, you’ll promote the growth of bacteria in your bladder which can lead to bladder infections.

Ensure Your Bladder is Empty

A lot of the time, people tend to rush the urination process. This is either because they’ve been holding it in for too long or they are pressed for time. When this happens, there is a possibility that the bladder does not get to fully release all the urine that it has been keeping.

Where there is urine that is left in your bladder to wait the next time it is full, you risk your likelihood of contracting a bladder infection. So always make it a point to stay chill and to ensure that every last drop is out of your bladder.

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Avoid Being Overweight

Being overweight doesn’t really help anyone. It puts additional stress on the heart and other parts of the body. Your bladder also suffers because it—along with your kidney—need to work twice as hard to get rid of bacteria, toxins, and other unwanted particles in the body. Make sure that you exercise regularly and eat healthy in order to optimize your body’s functions.

Our bladder allows our body to get rid of harmful elements in the body. Once the kidney has done its job, it is the bladder’s turn to rid the body of anything that can hurt it. So when you don’t take care of yourself and your bladder, you can end up ruining your body’s natural functions.

Do you take care of your bladder? What other ways do you know of to keep your bladder healthy?

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Three Common Urological Problems That Occur in Men

While Urology is a field of medicine that does see both sexes as its patients, a majority of the patients I get are male. Today, I wanted to discuss the three common urological problems that tend to occur in men. A lot of the time, there seems to be a large amount of confusion whenever someone is recommended to see a urologist.

I wanted to clear the air a little bit and provide a discussion regarding the typical problems that face the patients that I see.

BPH

This refers to benign prostatic hyperplasia. In basic terms, this means that a man’s prostate is an enlarged state. Please note that there is a difference between when something is enlarged and when something may be inflamed.

When a man’s prostate is enlarged, this can put significant pressure on the urethra. The urethra is the tube that allows for the passage of urine that’s leaving the bladder and ultimately out of the body.

If you feel a constant need to pee, have an otherwise weak stream regardless of effort, and consistently feel that you have not fully emptied your bladder, you may be suffering from BPH. There are a lot of reasons why BPH can occur and it is important to see a urologist in order to determine what is causing your BPH.

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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can happen without any warning. These ‘stones’ are minerals which can cause blockage in the passage of urine. They can notably cause significant pain and may require surgery to remove—especially if they are unusually large.

In most cases, it is wholly possible to pass the stones naturally out of the body with the help of a lot of liquids and medicine that can help to break down the stones.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence refers to the general loss of control over one’s bladder. It may seem like a completely strange event but it is one of the more common urological problems that strike men. Over 16 million people in the USA have struggled with this issue.

The particularly troubling thing about urinary incontinence is the fact that there are a lot of other reasons why it can happen like diabetes, UTI, and even Parkinson’s Disease; this is why it is important to be tested and see a urologist straight away.

Hopefully, with today’s discussion, more gentlemen will be aware of the diseases that they may be vulnerable to. Urological issues can have a wide variety of reasons as to why they occur. Like with other issues that may affect the body, it is ultimately important to have a better understanding of the causes, symptoms, and what you should do next to avoid any panic.

When it comes to urology, being aware can mean the difference between choosing to do the right thing and suffering in silence. To know knowledge, what sort of urological problems commonly occur in men?

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Medical School Talk: What Sort of Training Do Urologists Have?

The field of Urology is often one which has people quite confused or just generally puzzled. People tend to wonder what the path to becoming an Urologist is. This is what I shall be discussing today! Hello and welcome back to my blog! I truly appreciate the feedback that I received from the previous post. I shall be making another Q&A post later on in the life of this site.

I hope that you guys will continue to give me your support! Without further ado, let’s get started!

How Do You Train to Be a Urologist?

When you want to be a Urologist, there is quite a long road ahead waiting for you. It all, of course, starts with:

Education

Before you start going to medical school, you will need to pass a four-year pre-medical school degree in University. This is one of the major requirements for you to get accepted into Medical School. Once you get accepted, you will have to undergo around 4 years of training. On the 3rd and 4th year of your medical training, you will have to do mandatory clinical rounds. Most budding Urologists will select Urology rounds as an elective in order to get a head start.

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Residency

After graduating from medical school, the residency starts. This residency, which focuses on Urology in particular, will last a minimum of five years. As you may not be aware of, Urology has different branches so if you pick a particular branch like surgery, you will need to add around two years on top of your residency.

Examination

Once you have finished with all your schooling, training, residency, and additional post-residency things, you will be eligible to take the exam in order to be certified. Only those who are board certified in the field of Urology will be allowed to be practicing Urologists.

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When all is said it done, it can be pretty easy to lump the entire experience into a few sentences. However, this should not give the impression that this journey was easy. Choosing to be a Urologist is a path that is strewn with thorns and thick brushes that you will have to fight through. Given all this information, would you consider a career in urology?

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Common Questions Regarding Prostate Exams Answered

Hello and welcome to my first blog post! I’m Jacob Zamstein. I’m a Urologist and this website represents my practice. Beyond seeing my patients, I aim to provide a better working knowledge regarding urology. Today’s topic is going to be about prostate exams. Sorry if it sounds a little wooden, I’m still a bit getting used to the idea of blogging—so I would really appreciate any tips on the writing front!

So anyway, onward to the discussion!

From experience, there is generally a lot of trepidation about prostate exams. In light of this, I wanted to answer some of the more common questions regarding prostate exams. I certainly hope that this will help to dispel any misgivings that you may have about this procedure.

What is a Prostate Exam?

A prostate exam is usually a procedure that is done to determine the present state of the prostate gland. It is a procedure that is often required when a patient has been complaining of several particular symptoms like:

  • Difficulty or Pain while urinating
  • Incontinence
  • Erectile Dysfunction

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What Age Should You Start Getting a Prostate Exam?

Medical experts tend to debate on this one a lot. They used to believe that men should start to get annual prostate exams once they reach the age of 50. The thing is, there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered when it comes to the age.

You need to factor in:

  • Personal medical history
  • Family medical history

When an individual has a first-degree relative like their father or brother that has history of kidney issues or prostate cancer, the number bumps down to the age of 40. If it is a relative of the 2nd or 3rd degree, the age to start getting prostate exams would be 45.

Is a Prostate Exam Truly Necessary?

To determine certain illnesses and symptoms, yes, prostate exams are truly necessary. However, since it is an invasive procedure, medical professionals will tend to avoid suggesting prostate exams until it is absolutely necessary.

So that’s all the questions that I’ll be answering for this post. If there’s any question that you would have wanted me to answer, let me know through the comments section. You can also give me a call through the information in the contact page. What questions would you like to ask your friendly neighborhood urologist? In case that wasn’t clear, that would be me!