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Urology

Urologists treat all conditions and diseases of the urinary tract in men and in women, and treat the male reproductive system.

The urinary system is a complex network of tubes and organs. Many people think its sole purpose is to get rid of waste, but the urinary system also regulates blood volume, pressure, and PH and controls key electrolytes.1

A urologist also deals with the male reproductive system and helps diagnose male fertility problems, issues with the prostate and testicles, and sexual dysfunction. With sperm counts continually declining across the west,2 more and more men are in need of urologists.

Conditions and diseases affecting the male reproductive system and the urinary system are more common than you might expect. Since there is a stigma around discussing issues of the urinary and reproductive systems,3 people who are suffering from certain conditions might not be aware of just how common they are. Here are some statistics about health conditions regularly treated by our team of urologists.

Male infertility

  • Although it is often spoken of as a female issue, in 35% of cases, the cause also lies with the man.4
  • A 2017 study showed that sperm counts had halved in under 40 years in Europe, North America, and Australia.5
  • Lifestyle factors are the most likely cause of lowered sperm count in the west.6 Air pollution and easy access to junk food are extra challenges for residents of Bronx, NY.7

Kidney stones

  • Kidney stones are painful and debilitating.
  • In mild cases, kidney stones are left to pass through your system naturally with prescribed painkillers to manage the pain.8
  • Kidney stone removal is sometimes necessary if the kidney stone is lodged or stuck.9
  • One form of kidney stone treatment is to use sound waves to break the kidney stones into smaller pieces so they are easier to pass.10
  • In extreme cases, minimally invasive kidney stone surgery is also an option.11
  • Men are almost twice as likely to develop kidney stones in their lifetime as women.12
  • Once you have had kidney stones, the likelihood of getting another within 5 years is 50%, and 80% within 10 years.13

Overactive bladder (OAB)

  • People with an OAB feel a sudden and urgent need to pass urine.14
  • Up to 3 in every 10  men and 4 in every 10 women in the U.S. suffer from symptoms of an overactive bladder.15
  • A recent study concluded that OAB symptoms significantly affect the quality of life and productivity of the sufferer, and represent a significant burden on U.S. public health.16
  • There are many different types of overactive bladder treatment. Lifestyle changes, medication, nerve stimulation, and surgery are all used to treat overactive bladders.17

Here at BronxDocs

If you're suffering from one of the conditions mentioned, or suspect you may have a condition affecting the male reproductive system, urinary tract, or kidneys, our team of urologists are here to listen. From treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs) to kidney cancer treatment, urologists have a particularly broad remit, and work efficiently to diagnose and get started with effective treatment.

Here is a more comprehensive list of some of the conditions we treat at our clinic:

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Benign enlargement of the prostate
  • Bladder cancer
  • Blockage of ureter
  • Congenital anomalies of the kidney
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Male and female incontinence
  • Male infertility
  • Prostate cancer
  • Urological prosthetics
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Testicular cancer
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
  • Urethral stricture disease
  • Urinary infections or obstructions
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

At BronxDocs, we believe everyone deserves to make informed decisions about their health and their bodies so they can live their lives optimally. Many people tolerate conditions such as overactive bladders, believing them to be a normal part of aging, but in many cases, there are medical and surgical treatments available to improve your quality of life and productivity. If you believe you could benefit from seeing a urologist.  The Bronx is home to specialists who can inform you of your options.

Citations

1. NIH: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “The Urinary Tract & How It Works”. (2014) Retrieved from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/urinary-tract-how-it-works Oct. 2019.

2. Levine, Hagai et al. “Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis.” Human reproduction update vol. 23,6 (2017): 646-659. doi:10.1093/humupd/dmx022

3. Elstad, Emily A et al. “Beyond incontinence: the stigma of other urinary symptoms.” Journal of Advanced Nursing vol. 66,11 (2010): 2460-70. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05422.x

4. CDC. “Reproductive health: Infertility FAQs” (2019) Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/index.htm Oct. 2019.

5. Levine, Hagai et al. (2017)

6. Levine, Hagai et al. (2017)

7. Kilani, H. “'Asthma alley': why minorities bear burden of pollution inequity caused by white people”. The Guardian Website Apr. 4. 2019. RetrIEved from: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/04/new-york-south-bronx-minorities-pollution-inequity Oct. 2019.

8. Healthline Editorial Team. “Kidney stones.” (2018) Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-stones#complications Oct. 2019.

9. Healthline Editorial Team. “Kidney stones.” (2018)

10. Healthline Editorial Team. “Kidney stones.” (2018)

11. Healthline Editorial Team. “Kidney stones.” (2018)

12. University of Wisconsin Health. “Urology: How Common are Kidney Stones?” (2013) Retrieved from: https://www.uwhealth.org/urology/how-common-are-kidney-stones/11208 Oct. 2019.

13. University of Wisconsin Health (2013)

14. Mayo Clinic Staff. “Overactive bladder” (2018) Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/overactive-bladder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355715 Oct.2019

15. Urology Care Foundation. “What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)?: Key Statistics”   Retrieved from: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/overactive-bladder-(oab) Oct. 2019.

16. Reynolds, W Stuart et al. “The Burden of Overactive Bladder on U.S. Public Health.” Current bladder dysfunction reports vol. 11,1 (2016): 8-13. doi:10.1007/s11884-016-0344-9

17. Mayo Clinic Staff. “Overactive bladder” (2018)