Plano Urology Blog

Does Vasectomy Increase the Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Posted in Prostate Cancer, Vasectomy | June 30, 2018

Prostate Cancer in Plano, TX Many men consider the value of having a vasectomy. This longstanding medical procedure disables the progression of sperm from the testicles through tiny tubules in the penis. It takes very little time to perform and is nearly 100% successful across the board. In the United States, vasectomies rank #4 on the list of commonly used birth control methods. The idea that such a useful procedure could be linked to prostate cancer is concerning. Here, we look at what research indicates about this theory.

The theory that vasectomy could elevate prostate cancer risk has been studied for more than twenty years. Early research conducted in the 1990s suggested a correlation between the two. However, findings from that research have been debated ever since reports were published. Now, we have new data to observe to help us determine if vasectomy risks do exist.

Researchers from New Curtin University in Australia conducted a comprehensive case study of over 650,000 men located on three different continents. The study included men who had undergone a vasectomy as well as men who had undergone vasectomy reversal. Researchers wanted to examine the possible link between vasectomy and prostate cancer as well as a relationship between vasectomy reversal and a decreased risk of prostate cancer. Their conclusion after careful observation was that neither vasectomy nor vasectomy reversal had any impact on a man’s risk for prostate cancer.

Additional research has been conducted by epidemiologists from the American Cancer Society. These researchers observed case data of over 360,000 men who were originally participants in the Cancer Prevention Study II. Of the nearly 364,000 cases assessed, just over 42,000 involved vasectomies. At the conclusion of their researcher, scientists determined that no clear link between vasectomy and prostate cancer exists.

But Something May Be Going On

The expansion of research in the evaluation of vasectomies and prostate cancer risk has revealed an interesting theory. Scientists believe that the reason why many men who have chosen to have a vasectomy may later be diagnosed with prostate cancer could be that these men are more engaged in routine health care screenings, including PSA tests at recommended intervals.

Choosing to have a vasectomy is a very personal decision that every man must make through careful consideration. Having up-to-date information regarding potential side effects of a vasectomy can help our patients make a confident choice for their life. To consult with us about vasectomy or vasectomy reversal, call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.


Decrease Your Risk of Recurrent Kidney Stones

Posted in Kidney Stone | June 15, 2018

Kindy Stone Treatment and Prevention Plano, TXEstimates predict that approximately 12% of the population will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. This may not sound in the least bit alarming. What might, though, is the fact that initial kidney stone development increases the risk of future stones as much as 50%. At Collin County Urology, patients can receive care focused on the prompt resolution of kidney stones. Additionally, we support long-term health with tips that reduce future risks.

Simple Steps to Big Rewards

If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know this is a problem you want to avoid if at all possible. Fortunately, research shows that healthy modifications to diet and lifestyle provide substantial rewards toward risk reduction. Suggestions to prevent recurrent kidney stones include:

  • Stay hydrated. The body demands significant amounts of water to support essential functions such as toxicity filtration. This function occurs in the kidneys, so these small organs need a lot of water. On average, women are best served by about 90 ounces of water a day. Men function optimally with about 120 ounces. If strenuous workouts are the norm, water intake needs to increase to meet physical demands.
  • Minimize alcohol intake. This ties in to staying hydrated. In fact, the consumption of any diuretic beverage, such as wine or coffee, should be limited if you’ve had kidney stones. In addition to depleting hydration, diuretics also cause the body to store more uric acid, a prominent risk factor for kidney stones.
  • Add in some lemon. Studies suggest that drinking 5 ounces of lemon juice in the morning and another 5 ounces later in the day discourages the formation of calcium crystals in the kidneys. Avoid drinking lemon juice straight. Doing so consistently could damage the enamel on your teeth.  does need to be diluted in water for taste.
  • Ramp up calcium intake. If you are aware that some kidney stones are related to a buildup of calcium in the body, this suggestion may seem confusing. According to research, the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones is discouraged by the presence of calcium in the blood.

Are you experiencing symptoms of kidney stones? Schedule an appointment at (972) 403-5425 for a thorough evaluation.


Why Menopause and Urinary Symptoms Go Hand-in-Hand

Posted in Urinary Problems, Urinary Tract Infection | May 30, 2018

Bladder Control Treatments Plano , TXWhen a woman approaches menopause, she has the opportunity to reassess her health and wellness. Often, this transition from having a period to not presents unique risks that can be managed with good lifestyle habits and proper medical care. Here, we want to discuss how menopause – and its lack of estrogen – can create specific urinary symptoms.

Estrogen and Urogenital Health

Estrogen is vital to the regeneration of tissue in the female urologic and reproductive systems. As estrogen continues to drop as a woman approaches complete menopause, symptoms such as vaginal laxity are often noticed. Referred to as vaginal atrophy, the laxity that results from the weakening of muscles is one problem that leads to another. A weak vaginal canal usually coincides with increasing weakness in the bladder and urethra. In combination, all of this weakness adds up to susceptibility to urinary incontinence.

Another way in which the vaginal and genital areas transform through menopause is in the matter of pH. The level of pH in anything tells us how acidic that substance or area is. In the case of the vagina and vulva, a certain amount of acidity is necessary to prevent yeast overgrowth and bacterial infection. As it so happens, estrogen is involved in the maintenance of pH balance. It is for this reason that menopausal women may experience more frequent urinary tract infections than they did before menopause.

Symptoms of Urinary and Vaginal Atrophy

While mood swings and hot flashes subside after menopause, symptoms of urogenital atrophy may increase. Common symptoms include:

  • Stress urinary incontinence, or involuntary urine leakage with physical exertion such as laughing.
  • Urge urinary incontinence, or a strong, sudden urge to urinate.
  • Nocturia, or the frequent need to urinate throughout the night.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Vaginal dryness and itching.
  • Painful intercourse due to lack of lubrication.
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections.

Supporting Bladder Health After Menopause

Depending on the degree of symptoms, some women choose to receive hormone replacement therapy from their gynecologist to promote vaginal health. Additionally, there are over-the-counter options for estrogen support that involve topical application only. Due to the systemic effects of absorbed estrogen, it is essential for a woman to speak with her healthcare provider about hormone replacement therapies and which may be right for her.

Bladder support is another matter. In many cases, there is no need for hormone replacement to improve bladder control. Strategies that women may implement include:

  • Perform Kegel exercises every day (3 sets of 10 performed a few times a day is ideal).
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Bladder training techniques that increase bladder capacity.
  • Reduce caffeine intake.
  • Set a cut-off time each day for fluid consumption.

Sometimes, urinary incontinence requires medical treatment. The team at Collin County Urology in Plano offers compassionate care aimed at achieving optimal results. For more information on how to treat urinary incontinence, call (972) 403-5425.


HCG for Low Testosterone: Who’d Have Thought?

Posted in Testosterone Deficiency | May 15, 2018

 low testosterone treatment Plano, TXIt is no secret that a man needs testosterone to enjoy optimal health and wellness. Without sufficient testosterone, a man is more likely to struggle with his weight. Testosterone is an essential factor in muscle building and retention. It is the hormone that gives a man physical strength and sexual stamina. Testosterone is even vital to the energy a man feels as he goes about his day. The more we have realized the value of testosterone – and the consequences of not having enough – the more therapies we have seen developed. More options for treating low testosterone may not be a good thing. Here’s why.

The convenience of over-the-counter testosterone supplements and straight testosterone replacement in the form of gels, injections, and pellets can seem advantageous. However, without proper guidance, a man may do more harm than good by using testosterone to boost his levels. Testosterone replacement isn’t right for all men. When necessary, hCG may be an excellent alternative.

hCG: Have You Heard of It?

We don’t hear about hCG nearly as often as we hear about hormones like testosterone and estrogen. This may be because hCG is primarily related to pregnancy. In fact, it is the increase of hCG that confirms a woman is pregnant. While this hormone can be detected in men, it is usually found in much lower levels. The simple fact is that a man’s body doesn’t really need it – except in certain situations.

When a man is struggling to combat the symptoms of low testosterone, the female hormone hCG may be precisely what he needs. Studies indicate that, in a man’s body, hCG stimulates the pituitary gland in the same way as luteinizing hormone, or LH. Typically, it is LH that signals to the testes that testosterone should be made. When the trigger doesn’t achieve the desired result, hCG can be used as a boost.

Low testosterone isn’t just a frustrating problem; it is a health concern. Men who are experiencing symptoms of low-T are encouraged to get help from an experienced physician. At Collin County Urology, we understand that one method of low testosterone treatment isn’t right for every patient. To learn more about available treatment options, call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.


Surgery for Prostate Cancer: You Have Options

Posted in Prostate Cancer | April 30, 2018

Prostate Cancer Treatment Plano TXSurgery is a common treatment choice for men with prostate cancer. This option, as opposed to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, may be valuable for men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland. At Collin County Urology, options are an important aspect of the care we provide. We are encouraged by innovation in medicine that affords us the opportunity to meet each patient’s unique needs. Here, we discuss the different types of surgery that may be considered for the treatment of prostate cancer.

  • Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Also referred to as radical prostatectomy, the laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique. During surgery, the entire prostate gland is removed through a few very small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery is advantageous due to these tiny incisions, translating into a smaller bleeding risk and a shorter hospital stay. Recovery from laparoscopic surgery is also shorter overall than open surgery techniques.
  • Open Prostatectomy. Whenever possible, we treat prostate cancer with more conservative means. Open surgery for prostate cancer involves a risk of bleeding through the abdominal cavity and a longer recovery due to the fact that this technique is considered abdominal surgery.
  • Robotic surgery. In recent years, innovative technology has been introduced into the operating room. We are proud to perform da Vinci robotic surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer. Also a conservative approach to surgery, this technique involves a sophisticated, surgeon-operated robotic arm that holds tiny instruments. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery requires small incisions. The precision of this surgical procedure results in faster recovery and minimal risk of infection and bleeding.

Which Surgical Technique is Right for You?

As good as any surgical technique sounds, we understand that every case is unique. If you are considering your options in prostate cancer surgery, consider points like:

  • How much time you have to decide.
  • The risk of each technique versus reward in terms of outcome.
  • Recovery time and risks of side effects such as scarring.

It is important to do your homework on prostate cancer treatments. We are here to support you by offering our professional opinion based on documented evidence of both your particular case and of surgical outcomes for available procedures.

Learn more about treatment options for prostate cancer. Call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.


What Smoking Does to Your Urologic System

Posted in Collin County Urology, Men's Health | April 15, 2018

Urology Services Plano, TXThe dangers of smoking have been evident for many years and have been a catalyst for millions of people to quit a habit that could cost them their life. Still, we continue to see far too many smoking-related diseases in the clinical setting. More than 16 million a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here, we shed light on specific urologic conditions for which smoking may be responsible. If such conditions are not directly caused by smoking, they are exacerbated by the habit.

Smoking and the Bladder

Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder affects more than 30 million people in the United States. Factors that may incite a sudden, strong urge to urinate include certain types of food and certain medications. Another factor that should not be overlooked is smoking. According to statistics, women who smoke have triple the risk of overactive bladder in non-smoking women. The connection between smoking and overactive bladder? A buildup of toxic chemicals in the urine.

Bladder Cancer

When toxins accumulate in the urine, the lining of the bladder becomes irritated. Smoking, being a persistent habit, continually introduces toxic chemicals to the body for processing. This significantly increases the risk for bladder cancer. Statistics indicate that smoking is relevant in as much as 60 percent of bladder cancer cases in men. In diagnoses for women, smoking is a relevant factor in as much as 30 percent of new cases.

Smoking, Sex, and Reproduction

Erectile Dysfunction

The inability to get or maintain a full erection is something that is largely perceived as an age-related problem. However, studies show that younger men are also showing signs of a struggle in the area of erectile function. Smoking is a hormone-disrupting habit, and it is also a habit that adversely affects the circulatory system. In these two aspects alone, smoking may be a strong indicator of a man’s risk of developing erectile dysfunction.

Infertility

Like erectile dysfunction, there is a link between smoking and infertility that travels through hormone production. It is important that both partners stop smoking months, if not years, before trying to conceive. The disruption to hormones and buildup of toxicity in the tissues of the body present a risk for both infertility and miscarriage.

The team at Collin County Urology offers services to treat urologic conditions and support to help smokers improve their long-term health. To schedule a visit to our Plano office, call (972) 403-5425.


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