Ureteral disorders and bladder diseases can hinder the passage of urine, resulting in pain, urinary tract infections, and other complications. The physicians at Affiliated Urologists offer a number of treatments for patients suffering from ureteral and bladder conditions.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
Pelvic floor muscle exercises, also commonly referred to as kegel exercises, are isometric movements performed by patients suffering from prolapse and urinary incontinence. Bladder conditions, such as prolapse, urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, and overactive bladder many benefit from pelvic floor muscle exercises because they are non-invasive, easy to perform, and they can be done by both men and women. To learn more about this treatment option, please visit Pelvic Floor Muscle Weakness.
Bladder spasms are a painful and unfortunate reality for many Americans today. Depending on the cause and severity of a patient’s bladder spasms, this unique condition can lead to leakage, wetting accidents, cramping, or burning pain. While adjusting certain medications (i.e. Bethanechol, Valstar, Lasix, etc.) can help reduce the frequency and duration of bladder spasms, an Affiliated Urologist physician may recommend changes in a patient’s lifestyle or diet first. If that doesn’t improve symptoms, anti-spasm medications may be prescribed to minimize discomfort. Some of the most common medications include Detrol LA, Ditropan, Enablex, Oxytrol, Sanctura, and Vesicare.
Bladder catheterization is a common treatment option for patients suffering from chronic injuries or conditions that require manual urinary drainage, such as multiple sclerosis, paralysis, prostate problems, bladder cancer, and more. Also called urethral catheterization, this treatment technique is used to facilitate drainage of the bladder. Urinary catheters may be short-term or long-term treatment options depending on a patient’s condition and symptoms. For patients utilizing catheters as long-term solutions for their urinary problems, an Affiliated Urologists physician provide patients with professional guidance on how to “self-catheterize.” It’s important patients avoid reading internet forums about self-catheterizing to prevent complications.
Urologic reconstructive surgery is a general term used to describe the re-routing, repair, or reconstruction of organs pertinent to urination and other bodily functions related to urology. In many cases, patients suffering from cancer, incontinence, congenital malformations, or chronic infections may benefit from surgical reconstruction of the lower urinary tract to ensure proper bladder function. In other cases, patients suffering from these same issues may require urologic reconstructive surgery of the upper urinary tract. Ultimately, the type of surgery performed will depend on the patient’s conditions, symptoms, age, and lifestyle. The team at Affiliated Urologists uses robotic techniques to perform these surgeries because doing so typically results in minimal blood loss, less scarring, less post-operative pain, and less downtime for the patient.