As a service to our current and potential patients, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC presents the following series of informational articles. These articles cover many aspects of Urology including conditions of the kidney, bladder, prostate and urinary function, and also sexual function. They also discuss common treatments and procedures for these conditions, as provided by Lowcountry Urology Clinics.
These articles are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to diagnose or recommend specific treatment options. Please refer to our Disclaimer page.
Urology is a surgical and medical specialty that treats the urinary tracts of men and women. Urology also deals with the male genital tract and reproductive system.
Extreme pain is often the first sign of a kidney stone. Pain either appears suddenly, or builds in intensity gradually over time. The pain localizes to the back (or flank), lower abdomen, or groin.
Ureteral stones can cause you to feel the need to urinate more often, or to feel a burning sensation when you urinate. It can be difficult to start urinating. Or, you may feel that you are not emptying your bladder completely.
Sometimes patients notice blood in their urine, or it turns up in simple screening tests performed in the doctor's office. Your doctor will thoroughly investigate even small amounts of blood in your urine to make sure that you don’t have a more serious condition.
A large percentage of men may have a silent form of the cancer without any perceptible symptoms. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, and is a significant health care problem in the United States.
We can often detect bladder cancer by evaluating blood in your urine, or hematuria. If you notice blood in your urine, or we detect it in a microscopic analysis, we will evaluate it further.
In recent years, we are discovering the majority of kidney tumors without symptoms. In other words, we detect them "incidentally" while evaluating an unrelated problem.
A kidney tumor is an abnormal growth within the kidney. It can be benign (non-spreading) or malignant (spreading.) Malignancy, or kidney cancer, is slightly more common in males.
The prostate is a gland that surrounds your urethra, which is the tube that moves urine out of your body. When the prostate gets bigger, it may partially squeeze or block the urethra.
Sexual dysfunction refers to a difficulty you may experience during any stage of a normal sexual activity, including desire, arousal or orgasm. Men and women can both experience sexual dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.
Urge urinary incontinence means you experience a strong urge to urinate, and then you are unable to prevent it.
Prostatitis is an inflammation of your prostate gland. Prostatitis is often associated with some kind of infection, but sometimes not.
A vasectomy is a method of male birth control where the vas deferens, a small tube that originates from your testicle, is closed off so that sperm can no longer travel from your testicle to outside the body.
A major cause of male infertility – up to 40% of cases - are abnormally developed veins near the testicles that can be corrected surgically.
Congenital kidney malformations are kidneys that have not developed properly, due to traits inherited from your parents.
Ejaculatory duct obstruction is the obstruction of one or both ejaculatory ducts, which prevents you from expelling semen. EDO can cause pelvic pain and male infertility.
Hematospermia sometimes results from an inflamed or narrowed urethra, an infected prostate, or some kind of congenital bleeding disorder. Sometimes it occurs after a procedure like a prostate massage.
There are a wide range of hereditary, developmental, and acquired conditions of one or both kidneys that result in cysts, or fluid-filled sacs. Once present, the cysts continue to grow and can cause pain and bleeding.
Penile cancer is a malignant growth on the skin or in the tissues of your penis.