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What are the most common urological issues facing men?

Enlarged prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, describes the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It is very common among older men, affecting more than half of all men over 50, and 90% of men 80 and older. The enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra and may partially block urine from being excreted.

Incontinence

Involuntary urination is called incontinence. There are many potential causes of incontinence, including BPH or an infection. It could also be caused by a more serious condition. A urologist can perform tests to determine the underlying cause, and create an effective treatment plan.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

The repeated inability to generate or sustain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse is called erectile dysfunction. ED may have an underlying medical cause, or it may be a psychological issue. It’s in your best interest to get ED diagnosed, and there are several treatment options available.

Low Testosterone

Clinically low levels of testosterone (low T) can affect many areas of a man’s life. Hormone replacement therapy can alleviate symptoms from low energy and depression, to erectile dysfunction. Your urologist can determine whether you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, or if another treatment option is best.

Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease is a condition affecting the penis, where scar tissue produces a bend or other change in shape when erect. Up to 10% of men may have this condition, but most go undiagnosed. The cause is not usually clear, but after treatment any pain typically resolves after 6-12 months. Treatment options can range from minor surgery to clear up scar tissue, to the utilization of a penile prosthetic device.

Men with these and other urologic conditions can see Dr. Richard Natale of Carolina Urology in Concord and Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Natale is a board-certified urologist with experience in the latest leading-edge treatments for men’s health conditions.  Call (704) 786-5131 with questions or for an appointment. Remember, a urologist specializing in men’s health has the main goal of making sure you are operating as effectively and healthily as possible, and has your best interests at heart.

 

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