Urinary incontinence (UI), chronic urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction are just some of the problems that could be resolved by a top urologist.
If there is a full or partial blockage in the area where urine is produced by the kidneys and sent to the bladder, it’s referred to as a ureteral-pelvic junction or uretero-pelvic junction (UPJ). More common in children than adults, UPJ affects an area known as the renal pelvis, or the enlarged portion of the ureter. If the obstruction is mild, it usually resolves itself, although a urologist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
- With severe or problematic obstructions, surgery is usually the recommended treatment.
- There are two common options: an endopyelotomy and laparoscopic pyeloplasty.
Blood In Urine
Characterized by urine that’s brown, pink, or tea-colored, blood in urine (hematuria) isn’t something that should be ignored. If you notice this on a regular basis and the cause isn’t clear, you may be referred to the best urologist in Los Angeles so more extensive testing and examinations can be done. Serious conditions that could result in hematuria include:
- Bladder or kidney infections
- Kidney stones
- Prostate, kidney, or bladder cancer
Urinary tract infections are a common reason for painful urination (dysuria) in women. Men may have the same symptom because of an inflamed urethra (urethritis) or certain prostate conditions. Other possible causes include:
- Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Yeast or vaginal infections
- Bladder/kidney stones
- Chemical sensitivity
- Medications being taken for other conditions
Lower Abdominal/Pelvic Pain
If left untreated, recurring pain affecting the lower abdominal or pelvic area may contribute to kidney damage or result in the development of more serious internal problems affecting the bladder or reproductive structures. An untreated UTI that’s causing lower abdominal pain could eventually lead to urosepsis, an infection that spreads through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
Poor Bladder Control
Sometimes referred to as overactive bladder (OAB), the loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) is a common problem. What the best urologist in Los Angeles can do is determine the reason why OAB is occurring and recommend appropriate treatments. If medication isn’t effective, a top urologist may suggest Botox injections or the use of a removable device that’s inserted via the vagina in women (pessary). Surgery may be suggested if there is a need to reposition the bladder, strengthen supporting valves, or correct defects with the tubes leading to the kidneys (ureters).
A top California urologist is also prepared to determine the most effective way to correct abnormalities affecting structures within the pelvic area. Procedures performed may include reconstructing the penis or vagina or correcting bladder defects that are contributing to abnormal urination processes.
Rest assured that the best urologist in Los Angeles has experience diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of urologic problems. In addition to the issues discussed above, a top urologist may be able to provide welcome relief if you are dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED) if you are a man or bladder protrusion (prolapse) if you are woman with pelvic organ misalignment due to age, weak pelvic muscles, or childbirth. Teens, children, and infants can also be treated.