Urology Associates
With 35 urologists, Urology Associates is the leader of urological care in Tennessee. We provide comprehensive and compassionate urological care to men and women.

Robotic Surgery 101

Robotic surgery provides urologists with the ability to view the patient’s anatomy in a more detailed and dynamic way. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate or kidney cancer and have questions about what treatment to pursue, then watch this video to learn a bit about robotic surgery.

Robotic surgery allows for nerve-sparing to be a more precise procedure and lets urologists get a better view of a patient’s nerve structure. Also, this technology helps surgeons see tumors more accurately to help ensure their complete removal in the case of kidney cancer.

If you’re interested in minimally invasive treatments for kidney or prostate cancer, then contact Urology Associates, P.C. at (855) 901-1338 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced urologists in Tennessee.

Possible Causes of Low Libido in Women

When it comes to sexual health for women, low libido is not an uncommon problem. The sexual response cycle requires both psychological and physical stimulation, and it can be affected by many issues. The following are a few potential causes of low libido in women:

Having Certain Physical Conditions

There is a wide range of health problems that can lead a woman to experience low libido. For example, natural hormonal changes caused by being pregnant, your menstrual cycle, taking birth control, and experiencing menopause can all impact your sexual response. Also, some medical conditions, like endometriosis, diabetes, and anything that causes you to feel sexual dysfunction or discomfort during sex, can also result in low sexual responsiveness.

Drinking Alcohol

While it’s not uncommon for women to view a glass of wine as a way to feel more relaxed and willing to be intimate, it may actually have a negative impact on one’s libido. For both men and women, regularly consuming alcohol over an extended period can reduce the body’s sexual response. Some women may experience increased libido by planning to spend time with their partner without the involvement of alcohol.

Being Anxious

Many people already know that regularly experiencing anxiety can have a negative impact on their health. However, some women do not realize that being anxious can also affect their sex drive. Sexual arousal is a natural process, so when you are anxious, stressed, or distracted, then you may find it difficult to enjoy yourself physically.

Feeling Depressed

Feelings of depression are a common cause of low libido in women. When a person is depressed, this often coincides with imbalances in their hormones. Your hormones play a critical role in your sexual response cycle so if you are suffering from depression, addressing this condition may improve your libido.

Are you a woman who is struggling with symptoms of low libido in Nashville? If so, then Urology Associates, P.C. may be able to diagnose the cause and treat your symptoms. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate urologists, please give us a call today at (855) 901-1338.

What It Means to Have Elevated PSA Levels

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. If your urologist determines that you have elevated PSA levels, you may be asked to undergo additional tests to figure out if a medical condition could be causing this. It is possible for elevated PSA levels to indicate prostate cancer, although many men who do have elevated PSA levels do not have prostate cancer. Similarly, some men with low PSA levels do have prostate cancer. This is why additional tests may be needed.

Elevated PSA levels can also be caused by conditions other than cancer, including urinary tract infections (UTIs) and prostatitis, the latter of which refers to the inflammation of the prostate gland. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate is another condition that may result in elevated PSA levels.

You’ll find comprehensive and compassionate treatment for prostate cancer at Urology Associates, P.C. To discuss cancer treatments in Tennessee, call our office at (855) 901-1338 and make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced urologists.

A Patient's Guide to Renal Cell Carcinoma

Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. It develops when malignant cells form in the linings of the tubules of the kidneys. One or both kidneys may be affected. Patients who have been diagnosed with kidney cancer are encouraged to speak with a urologist about their cancer treatment options.

Signs and Symptoms

In its early stages, renal cell carcinoma may not cause any noticeable symptoms. As the cancer progresses, patients may experience abdominal pain and swelling, back pain, bloody urine, and unintentional weight loss. Male patients may develop a varicocele, which refers to the swelling of the veins of a testicle. Female patients may experience excessive hair growth. Anemia, loss of appetite, pain in the side, and vision problems may also develop because of kidney cancer.

Risk Factors

Most patients who are diagnosed with kidney cancer are men between the ages of 50 and 70. Smoking is known to be a significant risk factor of kidney cancer, as is the long-term use of certain medications such as pain pills and diuretics. Other risk factors may include obesity, polycystic kidney disease, high blood pressure, history of dialysis treatment, and a family history of the disease.

Diagnostic Tests

A primary care physician may suspect kidney cancer upon performing a physical exam, which may reveal the presence of a lump in the abdomen and, in men, a varicocele. Then, patients may be referred to a urologist for further testing. These medical tests may include imaging studies, blood tests, urinalysis, liver function tests, and renal arteriography.

Treatment Options

Most often, the treatment for this particular type of cancer is surgery to remove part or all of the kidney. Sometimes, it may be necessary to remove the bladder, lymph nodes, and other surrounding tissues. Some medications may be helpful, although chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not generally effective for kidney cancer.

Urology Associates, P.C. is your partner in wellness. Our urology team provides cutting-edge cancer treatment throughout Middle Tennessee, including kidney and bladder cancer treatment. If your primary care physician suspects that you might have renal cell carcinoma, call us without delay at (855) 901-1338.

Is There a Link Between Iced Tea and Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are a very painful medical problem. In fact, some women describe the pain as being worse than childbirth. Kidney stones form as a result of hardened mineral deposits and urologists say that people who consume high amounts of oxalates could be at an increased risk. Along with spinach and chocolate, iced tea happens to have plenty of oxalates.

You can hear more about the link between iced tea and kidney stones by watching this brief video and consulting your urologist. The health expert interviewed here recommends drinking plenty of water with a lemon wedge to counteract the effects of the oxalates in iced tea.

Urology Associates, P.C. provides sophisticated kidney stone treatment options in Tennessee. If you need to see a urologist, you can give us a call at (855) 901-1338.

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