When Oscar Wilde penned his proverbial expression “with age comes wisdom,” it probably never dawned on him that getting old comes with a slew of health problems, such as urinary disorders.
Fortunately, no matter your urinary condition, you can rely on Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr.— our board-certified urologist and men’s health expert here at Ironwood Urology— for an excellent treatment outcome. The best urologist in Phoenix, Dr. Avila prides himself on his solid reputation, which stems from his compassionate approach to care as well as the effective and innovative solutions he provides for the entire range of genitourinary disorders.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the urinary problems Dr. Avila commonly sees patients for.
This type of cancer is characterized by the abnormal proliferation of cells in the bladder. Changes in urinary habits and blood in the urine are common symptoms of bladder cancer, albeit the disease does not always present symptoms, especially in its early stages.
To confirm a diagnosis, Dr. Avila will order a urinalysis to check for blood in your urine (hematuria), remove a tissue sample from your bladder (biopsy), and/or examine the inside of your bladder using a thin, flexible optical instrument. Dr. Avila may also recommend imaging tests.
Once Dr. Avila confirms a diagnosis and determines the stage of your cancer, he may then recommend any of the following treatments:
o Surgery – transurethral surgery (cancer cell removal) or cystectomy (bladder removal)
o Radiation therapy
This is a chronic problem that causes bladder pressure, resulting in the frequent and sudden urge to urinate, as well as pain, which can affect the whole lower abdominal area.
While not curable, interstitial cystitis is highly treatable. Dr. Avila may recommend any or a combination of the following treatments:
o Medications (e.g., pain relievers, medications for bladder instillation, etc.)
o Transcutaneous nerve stimulation
o Cystoscopy with bladder distention
If your symptoms remain resistant to a lengthy course of nonoperative treatment, Dr. Avila may recommend surgery to address the problem altogether (e.g., bladder augmentation, fulguration, or resection).
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
UTI is an infection of any parts of the urinary system— your ureters, kidneys, bladder, or urethra. Pain and burning sensation during urination, pelvic pain, strong-smelling and cloudy urine, and a strong urge to urinate are common warning signs of UTI.
To treat UTI, Dr. Avila usually prescribe antibiotics and medications for relieving bladder pain.
To experience the top-notch care that only the best urologist in Phoenix provides, call (480) 961-2323 now to book your visit with Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr. Alternatively, you may submit an appointment request by filling out our secure form.