Urology Northwest now offers InTone treatments

Urology Northwest has received InTone Specialist Certification in order to offer an effective treatment option to treat female urinary incontinence.

Stress incontinence can occur when lifting, sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising. Urge incontinence is the unwanted and sudden need to urinate. Both can be caused or exacerbated by childbirth, obesity, excessive exercise, lack of exercise, age or trauma.

According to the National Association for Continence, up to 30 million women in America have experienced bladder leakage issues. About one in four new mothers experience “leaking” following normal delivery, and about one in six following cesarean section.

InTone, from InControl Medical, is a combination therapy device designed to stop urinary incontinence in females who have been diagnosed with stress, urge, or mixed incontinence. InControl Medical is convinced InTone will significantly improve bladder leakage for those who have followed the recommended protocol with medical supervision and will refund the cost of the device minus a small disposal fee if the patient’s condition does not improve. InControl Medical is the only company in this field with the confidence to guarantee its product.

Contact us at 425.275.5555 if you have questions about this treatment.

What patients should know about Prostate screening

What patients should know about Prostate screening….a message from your physicians at Urology Northwest and the American Urological Association.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men.  One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.   African-American men face a one in three chance of being diagnosed.  Over 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer; however,  early detection may save lives.

The physicians at Urology Northwest and their professional organization the American Urological Association are concerned that recent reports about prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing may present conflicting information to patients about the value of this critical prostate-cancer screening test.  The benefits of regular screening and early detection should not be discounted in the overall population.

Speak to your healthcare provider:

We believe that the decision to screen is one that a man should make with his doctor following a careful discussion about the benefits and risks of screening.  In men who wish to be screened, we recommend getting a baseline PSA along with a physical exam of the prostate called a digital rectal exam (DRE) at age 40.

PSA is a substance produced by the prostate gland.  The PSA level in a man’s blood is an important marker of many prostate diseases, including prostate cancer.

Men who wish to be screened for prostate cancer should have both a PSA test and a DRE.  There is evidence from research studies suggesting that combining these tests improves the overall rate of prostate cancer detection.

A variety of factors can affect PSA levels and should be considered in the interpretation of the test results.  The three most common prostate diseases – prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer- may cause an elevated PSA. Other things like medication, trauma or some treatments may also affect the PSA results.

Men undergoing PSA testing should know these important factors:

  • Change in PSA levels over time (PSA velocity) is used to assess both cancer risk and aggressiveness
  • Blood PSA levels tend to increase with age
  • Larger prostates produce larger amounts of PSA

A prostate biopsy confirms the presence of prostate cancer.  The decision to proceed with a biopsy should be based primarily on the PSA and DRE results along with other factors such as the man’s race, family history, prior biopsy history and other significant health issues the man may have.

Options for dealing with prostate cancer are based on stage and grade of the cancer. This is determined by the biopsy.  There are usually several options open to patients. Treatment plans are individualized based on the patient’s goals and health status.

To learn more about prostate cancer, visit knowyourstats.org and click on the Resource link, visit urologyhealth.org, or make an appointment with your physician.

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Mens’ Urinary Health newsletter available

The latest edition of Urology Northwest‘s Mens’ Urinary Health newsletter is now available for download in (Adobe Acrobat) PDF form by clicking here.

It’s an informative document with articles on how men can take better control of their urinary, pelvic, and sexual health, and outlines some of the services Urology Northwest can offer.

Urodynamics

Have you ever wondered how your body stores and releases urine? For patients with incontinence, a diagnostic test called urodynamics may be performed. A urodynamics test helps distinguish between urge and stress incontinence.

Urodynamics testing is a procedure used to evaluate the function of the lower urinary tract. Urodynamics is recommended for patients with symptoms such as incontinence, incomplete bladder emptying, frequent or constant urination, urgent need to urinate, or a weak or intermittent urinary stream.

In addition, patients with neurological conditions should have urodynamics testing done annually. Urodynamics provides he total bladder volume and helps determine if there is a urinary blockage and whether there is a need for medical or surgical treatment.

What to learn more about urodynamics? Talk with your provider at your next office visit.

Did you know? Kegels

Kegels were coined by Dr. Arnold Kegel, OB/GYN, in the 1940s to treat women suffering from urinary incontinence.

Today, kegels are used for a number of reasons, including pelvic floor rehabilitation. Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor by focusing on and controlling pelvic floor muscle movement. Over time, doing kegels can increase the tone and contractive force of the pelvic floor muscles.

Kegels are particularly helpful for treating stress incontinence, but they are also used to treat urinary urgency and frequency (overactive bladder) symptoms.
Have you done your kegels today?