How to Give Yourself an Exam- Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is among the most common cancers in men age 15 to 35. You can play an important role in catching it early by performing a testicular cancer self exam once a month. Many men aren’t aware of how to do self exams for testicular cancer, but Athens Area Urology is here to help with tips on how to check for testicular cancer:

  1. Take five minutes in the shower: the warm water relaxes the muscles, making the exam easier.

  2. Starting on one side, gently check the scrotum with your fingers to feel the surface of the testicle.

    • You will be checking for signs of testicular cancer: these often include lumps, bumps or any unusual features. It is important to perform the exam once a month in order to notice any new growths.

  3. Switch sides and check other testicle. Watch for any swelling, changes in size or soreness.

If you notice any abnormalities during your self exam, contact the experts at Athens Area Urology today: (706)-612-9401

Tips and Advice: Women’s Incontinence:

Living with incontinence does not have to slow you down or get in the way of living your life to the fullest. Here are some helpful tips for women’s incontinence to keep you happy and healthy:

  1. Hydrate

    It is very important to stay hydrated when dealing with urinary incontinence, as this ensures a properly functioning bladder. It is recommended that you drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day to maintain a healthy bladder.

  2. Avoid Certain Drinks

    Caffeinated drinks such as coffee or soda lead to frequent urination, as do alcoholic beverages, and these drinks can increase leakage in women’s incontinence. It is a good idea to consume more liquids like water or cranberry juice to increase your bladder’s health.

  3. Stay Away from Irritants

    Some foods can irritate the bladder and worsen women’s incontinence. For example, removing or decreasing consumption of tomato-based foods, spicy foods, as well as citrus and chocolate can result it improvement with your incontinence.

  4. Do Specific Exercises

    There are several pelvic exercises that you can do to help prevent leakage, and these exercises have the potential to eliminate your urinary incontinence altogether after several months of continued exercises.

  5. Pace Yourself

    When drinking liquids, it can be tempting to drink all of it at once. Instead, try to pace yourself to drink in 2-3 hour intervals as this helps with urinary incontinence. Pacing yourself can prevent leaking, and it also reduces your likelihood to have to go at night.


Get a Vasectomy During March Madness

Are you looking for a reason to stay on the couch and watch your favorite teams face-off during March Madness? We’ve got the perfect excuse for you!

After getting a vasectomy, you will need to relax for a few days before becoming active again. You’ll be able to stand and walk, but your activity level will need to stay at a minimum and you won’t be able to do any heavy-lifting.

This is your chance to be pampered! Throw a watch party and have your friends keep you company while you heal.

Sports events like this are the best possible time to have this procedure, because otherwise your down-time would be incredibly boring.

Learn more about the vasectomy process and recovery on our website and other blogs. The ball is in your court… Too far?


National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month! Not many people know that Athens Area Urology specializes in the detection and treatment of urologic cancers with cutting edge surgical techniques and the most up to date medical treatment options for genitourinary cancers.

This includes prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer. We believe it’s incredibly important to educate our patients about their individual risks so they know how to monitor their health, and which questions to ask when they come in to our office.

We want this blog to inform you about each of the cancers listed above and how to detect them, but you can find more information about our treatment processes for each type on our website!

Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells that originate in the prostate. It is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. The prostate is an organ that sits in the deepest part of the pelvis, and produces fluid for the ejaculate. It also surrounds a portion of the urethra (the tube that transports urine and semen out of the body). In the early stages, prostate cancer is generally asymptomatic. However, if symptoms do emerge they are generally one/some of the following:

  • Difficulty with urination

  • Blood in the urine and ejaculate

  • Bone pain

  • Loss of weight and appetite

Bladder Cancer: Bladder cancer is an abnormal growth of bladder cells that grow together to form a mass called a tumor. It usually starts from the inner lining of the bladder (the part that is exposed to the urine), and it often presents with painless blood in the urine, but can also cause painful urination.

Kidney Cancer: Kidney cancer is an abnormal growth of cells originating from the kidney. With timely diagnosis, this is a treatable condition with survival rates ranging from 79 to 100%. Lesions that are found and treated early pose much less risk than those that grow larger. In addition to kidney cancer, other benign lesions can exist on the kidney as well. Approximately 20% of solid kidney masses are benign (non-cancerous). The most common are called a cyst, which are simple and known to be benign. Kidney masses are often initially noticed with imaging. Some cases will be appropriate for active surveillance but others will require a surgical intervention.

Testicular Cancer: Testicular cancer is an abnormal growth of cells originating from the testicle. It is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34, but overall it is fairly rare with only 8,400 cases diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Testicular cancer symptoms include:

  • Painless lump on the testicle

  • Dull ache in the testicle

  • Swelling of the testicle

We strongly recommend that you come into our office immediately for an exam if you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. When it comes to cancer, the earlier we can detect it, the better!

Athens Area Urology is here to help ensure that you live a long and fulfilling life without urological pain and limitations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office today!

What You Need to Know About Vasectomies

Between March Madness and the Master’s, there are prime opportunities approaching to schedule a vasectomy and make the most out of your recovery time. That being said, we want you to be informed before your appointment.

Here is what you should know about the vasectomy process and all it entails:

Purpose:

With the exception of abstinence, vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control. Only 1-2 women out of 1000, will get pregnant the year after their partner has a vasectomy.

Process:

A vasectomy is a minor procedure in which the drainage of sperm out of the testicle is interrupted. The result is an ejaculate that is without sperm. For a conventional vasectomy, 1 or 2 small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens. The vas deferens is cut and a small piece may be removed, leaving a short gap between the 2 ends. Next, the urologist may sear the ends of the vas, and then tie the cut ends with a suture. These steps are then repeated on the other vas, either through the same cut or through a new one. The scrotal cuts may be closed with dissolvable stitches or allowed to close on their own.

Recovery:

The recovery time needed after a vasectomy is relatively short. You will need to rest for at least 24 hours, and participate in minimal activity for 2-3 days post-surgery. Avoid sports and heavy-lifting to prevent scrotum pain and/or bleeding.

Possible side effects include:

  • Bleeding or a blood clot (hematoma) inside the scrotum.

  • Blood in your semen.

  • Bruising of your scrotum.

  • Infection of the surgery site (your doctor will tell you how to prevent this)

  • Mild pain, discomfort or swelling

* Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above.

If you have any more questions regarding vasectomies, reach out to your local Athens Area Urology office today using the “Contact Us” tab on our website.


ED Treatment Options

If you are a man struggling with erectile problems, you are not alone, and there is a solution for you. Erectile dysfunction affects over 30 million men. Oftentimes, men think they are stuck with this issue forever, but luckily, that is not the case. Athens Area Urology treats thousands of men each year for ED. At Athens Area Urology, there are ED treatment options for you.

Listed below are some common erectile dysfunction common causes:

  1. Blood flow

  2. Hormones

  3. Nerve supply

Physical causes of ED:

  1. Heart disease

  2. Diabetes

  3. High cholesterol

  4. High blood pressure

  5. Obesity

Psychological causes:

  1. Guilt

  2. Intimacy issues

  3. Depression

  4. Anxiety

There are various erectile dysfunction treatments that can help make you and your partner be fulfilled and happy in your relationship. Here are some ED treatment options that we suggest:

  1. Oral medications

  2. Other types of medications

  3. Exercise

  4. Counseling

  5. Implants or surgery

If you suffer from ED, there are options for you. Consult an erectile dysfunction doctor to find out what might be causing it and what the best treatment option for you is. At Athens Area Urology, we want to help you solve this issue by coming up with a treatment that works for you.


Best Times to Schedule a Vasectomy:

If you are looking to have a vasectomy, but don’t want to miss out on those big life events, Your urologist in Athens GA has compiled a list of perfect times to get the surgery. These key times will allow you to just relax after a vasectomy, where you get to reap the benefits of lounging on the couch without missing out on the excitement of life!

  1. March Madness (March 19th - April 8th)- Basketball fans love March Madness, and what better than getting to relax on the couch and stay updated on all of the games. Getting a vasectomy during March Madness means that you will get to spend your time watching a game you love!

  2. NFL Playoff through Super Bowl (January 12th - February 3rd)- For the football fans, NFL Playoffs are an exciting time to see who will make it to the Super Bowl, and we all know you want to be watching those games. Knock out two birds with one stone by getting a vasectomy and giving yourself time to watch those games!

  3. Masters (April 11th - April 14th)- The golf lovers understand that watching the Masters is a big deal, so why not get your vasectomy in time to watch all of the Masters that you want! You will be able to relax on the couch and stay up-to-date on the Masters!

  4. Ryder Cup (September 2020)- If you are on the fence about getting a vasectomy, you have time to decide, as the Ryder Cup is not until 2020, but is another perfect time for this procedure. You will get to watch the world’s best golfers while recovering.

Contact Athens Area Urology if you are interested in getting a vasectomy, and we can provide you with more information. We want to make this procedure as easy and comfortable as we can for you, and we believe that getting the surgery done at one of these times will provide you with entertainment as you recover.