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.

Living with Kidney Cysts

Cysts are noncancerous, fluid-filled sacs. They can develop in many different places in your body, and they aren’t always harmful. However, cysts in the kidneys can be dangerous. If you experience any possible symptoms of kidney cysts, or if your family doctor diagnoses you with polycystic kidney disease, you’ll need to work with a urologist to learn how to reduce your risk of complications.

Understanding Kidney Cysts

Kidney cysts can develop in people as they grow older. In many cases, they remain too small to cause any problems, and it’s possible to have a cyst or two without even knowing it. It isn’t quite known exactly why older adults are susceptible to kidney cysts, but some urologists suspect that it’s because the surface of the kidneys weaken later in life. Other people develop kidney cysts because of an inherited condition called polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Although the severity of this disease can vary from patient to patient, it’s possible for it to lead to severe complications, including kidney failure.

Identifying the Signs and Symptoms

Polycystic kidney disease usually begins causing symptoms after age 30 or 40. Cysts that develop in people without PKD are typically not diagnosed in patients younger than 50. Kidney cysts can cause these symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pain in the back or belly
  • Pain in the side between the hip and ribs
  • Fever
  • Dark urine
  • Bloody urine

In addition, people with PKD may develop these symptoms and complications:

  • Extremely high blood pressure that causes a headache
  • Chest pain
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Frequent kidney and urinary tract infections
  • Increased abdominal size
  • Feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure

Exploring Your Treatment Options

If your kidney cysts aren’t caused by a disease, and they’re too small to cause symptoms, you might not need any treatment. Otherwise, your urologist may recommend surgical removal of the cyst. If you do have PKD, your treatment plan will depend on the complications you have. You may need medications to control high blood pressure, antibiotics to treat bladder or kidney infections, or dialysis to treat kidney failure.

Patients in Nashville with urologic health issues will find the thoughtful medical guidance and compassionate care they need at Urology Associates, P.C. We are a full-service urology clinic that provides cutting-edge treatments and comprehensive support for our patients. Schedule your consultation with one of our board certified urologists today by calling (615) 250-9200.

Gerald Breeden, PA-C, Explains the Link Between Osteoporosis and Prostate Cancer

Urologists know that men with prostate cancer are also at a higher risk of osteoporosis. In part, the association is due to age. The risk of both of these conditions increases for men aged 65 years and older. However, there’s another connection, which you can hear about when you watch this video.

It features Gerald Breeden, PA-C, a certified Physician Assistant at Urology Associates, P.C. He explains that the risk of osteoporosis increases in men with low sex hormones. Hormone deprivation therapy is one of the ways our urologists can treat prostate cancer.

The Men’s Health Clinic, at Urology Associates, P.C., offers a full spectrum of specialized medical services, including care for men with osteoporosis and prostate cancer. If you’re looking for a prostate cancer specialist in Nashville, call us today at (615) 250-9200.

Erectile Dysfunction: One More Reason to Quit Smoking

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common, and has many potential causes and contributing factors. Some men discover that their ED is due to physical health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Others have underlying psychological issues, or a combination of mental health and physical health problems. Addiction is another possibility that urologists consider when evaluating a man for erectile dysfunction. Scientific research has linked tobacco use to problems achieving and sustaining an erection.

How Smoking Affects Sexual Health

A man’s sexual health depends on vascular health. When a man becomes sexually aroused, the nerves respond by telling the blood vessels in the penis to expand and fill with more blood. This causes an erection. However, smoking substantially damages the blood vessels, which affects their ability to respond to sexual arousal. Impotence is the result. Men who smoke, especially those who are heavy smokers, are more likely to suffer from ED. However, they can reverse the effects, and achieve faster, firmer erections by kicking the habit.

How Smoking Affects Fertility

It’s extremely hazardous to the health of a pregnant woman and her child when they live with a smoker. Even if a man only smokes outdoors, the smoke can drift inside the home, and the residue clings to clothing, fingers, and household surfaces. Even if this weren’t enough motivation to quit smoking, men should be aware that tobacco negatively affects fertility. It does this by damaging the DNA in sperm.

How Men Can Finally Kick the Habit

Most smokers who quit require multiple attempts before they achieve success, and the same smoking cessation method won’t necessarily work for everyone. A multi-pronged approach may work best. In addition to talking to a doctor about smoking cessation medications and nicotine replacement products, men might consider the following:

  • Support groups
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Distraction techniques for cravings
  • Hypnotherapy

At Urology Associates, P.C., smoking cessation is commonly recommended for our patients who smoke. Our urology team in Tennessee provides compassionate and discreet medical services at our Men’s Health Clinic. Call us at (615) 250-9200.

Introducing the WISH MedSpa

The Women’s Institute for Sexual Health (WISH) opened its newest venture the WISH MedSpa in February 2018. We are proud to offer a variety of MedSpa services including Botox®, Brow and Lash treatments, Chemical Peels, CoolSculpting®, Dermaplaning, Facials and Medical Grade Skin Care lines.

WISH provides specialized care to women facing the unique challenges of female urology and sexual and pelvic conditions. It is our mission to educate, treat and nurture each woman’s needs for sexual individuality and better pelvic health, and we are thrilled to provide our new service lines at the WISH MedSpa.

Your WISH clinicians are board certified UroGynecologists and Nurse Practitioners specializing in female sexual dysfunction. At the WISH MedSpa you will meet with Ellen Newman, Director of WISH Aesthetics, and Casey Nolen, WISH MedSpa Licensed Aesthetician, for all of your MedSpa treatments.

To schedule your appointment at the WISH MedSpa in Nashville, Tennessee, call our office at (615)250-9276 or find us on the MINDBODY phone application. Visit our website www.wishnashville.com for more details!

Hear the Clinical Director of WISH Explain Women's Sexual Dysfunction

In discussions of sexual dysfunction, the focus is often on men. However, women complain of sexual health issues more often than men do, though they frequently go untreated. At the Women’s Institute (WISH) our specialists focus on helping women get the help they need to overcome sexual dysfunction disorders.

Watch this video to hear Brooke Faught, Clinical Director of WISH, discuss some of the conditions treated at the clinic. From low libido to persistent arousal disorders, WISH provides treatment for all forms of sexual health in women.

Take back control of your sexual health in Nashville by making an appointment with WISH today. To schedule a consultation at WISH (615) 250-9265.

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