Many people think of urology as a type of care for male patients. But the fact is that anyone, at any age, can experience a urology-related health condition, such as urinary tract diseases, kidney stones, and bladder infections.
Urologic diseases affect millions of Americans. For instance, more than half a million people show up in emergency rooms for kidney stone problems each year. Staying on top of your urological health is important.
Urologic Health Matters for Children, Too
Some urologic conditions are fairly common among children, such as urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control).
If surgery is needed, our urology team will take time to explain your child’s treatment process and how to care for your child at home afterward. They also address the emotions and anxiety both patients and parents may experience during this time.
Treating the Whole Person, Not Just the Symptom
Urologists at Stormont Vail Health have provided comprehensive, 24/7 urologic care to the community for more than 80 years. Our physicians have a strong understanding of internal medicine, as well as the surgical skills needed to treat a wide range of urological conditions. And they work together with other specialists — including oncologists and general surgeons — to provide individualized care.
After your visit, your primary care physician will receive updates on your diagnosis and treatment from our specialists. We also encourage you to keep in touch with your primary care provider for care such as physicals and flu shots, to stay as healthy as possible.
Conditions We Treat
Kidney StonesThese are hard deposits of chemicals found in urine. Some small stones can be urinated (passed) out without too much pain, but larger stones can cause a backup in any part of the urinary tract. This can lead to severe pain.
Some common causes of kidney stones include:
- Not drinking enough water
- Exercising too much or too little
- Eating foods that are high in sodium and/or sugar
- Being obese
You may have a kidney stone if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Severe pain on either side of your back or in your stomach
- Urine that is bloody or smells unusual
- Fever and chills
Generally, kidney stones are preventable. People who have had a kidney stone in the past may prevent recurring episodes by:
- Drinking plenty of water (about eight cups per day, 8 ounces per cup)
- Reducing sodium intake
- Limiting their intake of animal protein (red meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, etc.)
Your physician can work with you to determine further steps you can take to prevent kidney stones.
Kidney CancerThere are many types of kidney cancer. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults. In children, the most common form is called Wilms tumor — a type of cancer that starts in the kidney.
Kidney cancer is usually discovered using a CT scan. In many cases, kidney cancer can be found in an early stage. The stage of the cancer is determined based on several tests.
Symptoms of kidney cancers include:
- Blood in your urine (urine color can be pink, red or brown)
- Back or side pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fever that comes and goes
Prostate DiseasesSome common prostate diseases include inflammation, enlarged prostate (BPH) and prostate cancer.
Inflammation can be caused by bacteria. Besides the urge to urinate, painful or burning urination, you might also have fever or chills because of the infection.
Many men develop an enlarged prostate as they grow older. This is not linked to prostate cancer, but it can cause difficulty urinating. Men who have an enlarged prostate may feel more frequent and urgent needs to go to bathroom at night; trouble urinating; and a weak, slow urine stream.
Prostate cancer is more common among older men. It is rare in men under 40. Symptoms include difficulty starting and stopping urination, lower back pain, and pain with ejaculation.
Urinary IncontinenceUrinary incontinence means loss of bladder control. Urinary Incontinence affects women more than men. Some people may have an occasional, small leak while others may experience leaks more frequently.
Bladder TumorThe bladder has several layers of tissue. Most bladder tumors start in the innermost lining of the bladder. As the cancer advances, it may grow into the outside layers and eventually spread to other nearby parts of the body.
Urothelial carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer. Patients who have bladder cancer may also have tumors in other parts of the urinary tract.
Female Urinary Tract ConditionsWomen are more prone to urinary tract infections than men. Most infections occur in the bladder and urethra. Infections in different parts can have different symptoms — and sometimes infections don’t have any noticeable signs.
Some symptoms include:
- Upper back pain
- Lower stomach pain
- Blood in urine
- Burning or pain when urinating
These infections can appear in children as well.
Female Pelvic Health ConditionsSome common pelvic conditions include chronic pelvic pain and pelvic floor disorders. If you have pelvic floor disorders, you could have several types of it at the same time with the feeling of heaviness in the vaginal area.
Our Treatments and Services
As the largest urology care provider in the northeast Kansas region, our dedicated urologists are adept at improving our patients’ quality of life.
We perform procedures for diagnosis and treatment, including:
- Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: high energy shock waves are sent through the body, breaking up stones in the kidneys and ureters.
- Bladder surgery
- Vasectomy reversal: a procedure to undo a vasectomy
In addition to providing medical care to the community, we are devoted to educating our patients about how to take a proactive approach to prevent recurring episodes of kidney stone.