Howdy folks! I know it’s been far too long since I last wrote on my blog, but it’s Halloween, and the holidays (even Pagan ones) have a way of inspiring me to reflect on the past and write about it.
October has been a truly historic month for Greater Austin Urology. We saw a record number of patients and made a little money accordingly, which is always nice when you’re starting out. I performed my first robotic prostatectomy (with the expert assistance of my good friend, Dr. Sandeep Mistry). And we launched an innovative treatment for prostate cancer, HIFU (which stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound). Our first 2 patients were already out dancing and jogging less than a week after their surgery. If it’s as good as advertised from a cancer-cure standpoint, it will truly be a game-changer!
Most importantly, we have an entirely new team, with some familiar faces. Stacey Hardt is our new office manager. She worked with me in a similar capacity at my previous job, and for some strange reason, she was willing to take the plunge and do it again! Joining Stacey is my new nurse, Benny Reeve. He was my very first nurse at my previous job, and I watched him climb the ranks to become an RN. He has a regular job, but luckily for us, he was willing to help us out in clinic a couple of days a week.
Finally, this month was historic for others as well. Speaking of my previous employer, on the first day of this month, they announced plans for a $14 billion merger with the largest hospital system in the Houston area. Or was it an acquisition, in which case, who bought whom? Doesn’t matter. 14 years ago, another relic from the 19th century, K-mart, bought/merged with Sears in an $11 billion merger. And, wouldn’t you know it, this month they also made history, only this time it was by declaring bankruptcy. I guess bigger isn’t always better, especially when you don’t adapt to changes in your industry and take your employees and customers for granted, while your competitors and new industry disruptors continue to crush you on service and price.
Now that’s spooky scary- time to go trick-or-treating! Happy Halloween, everybody!
According to the National Cancer Institute, there have been about 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer so far in 2018 alone. Though it is one of the most common cancers, it is not something to be taken lightly. Luckily, prostate cancer is treatable with help from your urologist. Find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer with Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX.
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a gland found in a male’s reproductive system. The prostate, located underneath the bladder, makes much of the semen which transports the sperm. Though prostate cancer is not as common in men under 50, it is a serious health risk to men of all ages, making preventative care and early detection crucial.
Do I have prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer grows very slowly over time and often begins with no outward symptoms. However, as the cancer progresses, symptoms like urinary issues, frequent urination, pain while urinating, pain during ejaculation, or blood in the semen may occur. If any of these symptoms occur, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you experience burning pain while urinating, do not urinate at all after consuming fluids, or have deep pains in the areas surrounding the prostate like the lower back, hips, and thighs, you should seek immediate emergency medical attention. Additionally, spinal compression, which causes symptoms like weakness in the legs, increased difficulty urinating, passing a bowel movement or controlling your bladder, or decreased sensation in the legs or groin areas can be the first sign of cancer.
Diagnosing Prostate Cancer
Men over 50 or those who are at higher risk for prostate cancer (i.e., family history and/or African-Americans) should strongly consider screening for prostate cancer. These screenings, which may be a digital rectal examination or blood test, are crucial for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Your doctor may use an in-office ultrasound or an MRI-targeted biopsy of the prostate to diagnose prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Treatments in Austin, TX, and Lakeway, TX
Treating prostate cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s personal situation. It will also depend on if cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Thanks to its slow-growing nature, doctors sometimes recommend holding off on treatment for individuals with low-risk prostate cancer. New lesser-invasive options, such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (or HIFU) and Cyberknife, are now also available. More aggressive forms of the disease may require surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, or chemotherapy.
For more information on prostate cancer or its treatments, please contact Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX. Call (512) 540-3937 to schedule your appointment.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in ten people will develop kidney stones at some point in their life, and the incidence of kidney stones continues to rise for both men and women. Although anyone can develop a kidney stone at any point, there are a number of factors that can increase the risk. Dr. Lucas Jacomides, a urologist at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX, offers diagnostic and treatment options for kidney stones and other urology problems.
Kidney Stones Diagnosis and Treatment
Kidney stones are most common in men over age 30, but they also affect women and children. According to statistics, the incidence of kidney stones is on the rise, and close to half a million people seek emergency treatment for kidney stones every year.
What are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones (also known as renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis) are hardened salt and mineral deposits that develop in the kidneys. Depending on the size and number, kidney stones can be incredibly painful as they move out of the kidneys and through the urinary tract.
Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Stones
You may not be aware that you have a kidney stone until it begins to pass through your urinary tract. Some of the common signs and symptoms of kidney stones include:
- Sharp, radiating pain from the groin or lower abdomen
- Painful urination
- Foul smelling or dark colored urine (pink/red/brown)
- Urinating more than usual or in small amounts
- Fever/chills (sign of an infection)
- Blood in urine
It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible for symptoms like severe pain or signs of infection.
There are four types of kidney stones:
- Uric acid
What Causes Kidney Stones?
There are a few factors that can increase the risk:
- High sodium and protein diets
- Family history
Sideeffect of digestive procedures or issues like gastric bypass surgery, chronic diarrhea, or inflammatory bowel disease
Treating Kidney Stones
Depending on the size and severity, a urologist may recommend dietary changes, medication, or surgery.
To learn more about kidney stone prevention and treatment, contact Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX by calling (512) 540-3937 to schedule an appointment.
Does urinary incontinence keep you from doing the things you really want to do? When you're constantly worried about urine leakage or accidents it's difficult to truly enjoy life. Luckily, an array of effective treatments can control urgency, leaks, and accidents. At Greater Austin Urology, Dr. Lucas Jacomides, provides several treatment options.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Your symptoms may be due to overactive bladder, overflow incontinence or stress urinary incontinence. If you have overactive bladder, your brain decides that you need to empty your bladder even if it's not full, triggering an urgent need to visit the restroom.
Overflow incontinence occurs when you begin to leak urine due to bladder fullness or overproduction of urine. The condition can occur due to weak bladder muscles, nerve damage, a blockage in your urethra, an enlarged prostate gland, or if you've had prostate surgery.
Do you leak urine when you sneeze, laugh, or bend? You may have stress urinary incontinence. The condition is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles and may be more likely to occur if you're obese, have a urinary tract infection or have been pregnant or had a child.
What can I do about urinary incontinence?
We can offer a variety of treatment options when you visit our Austin office. Although treatment depends on the cause of your condition, it may include:
- Bladder training to help you lengthen the time between restroom visits
- Kegel exercises to strengthen weak pelvic floor muscles
- Medications to reduce urges, calm your overactive bladder, make emptying the bladder easier, or relax the bladder, allowing it to hold more urine
- Pessaries, devices inserted into the vagina that supports the bladder and reduce leakage
- Botox injections to treat overactive bladder if other treatment options aren't effective
- Sling surgery to support the bladder and keep the urethra closed when you move if you have stress urinary incontinence
- Other types of surgery to support the urethra and bladder neck or implant a ring around the neck of the bladder to prevent leakage in men
Would you like to finally find relief for your urinary incontinence symptoms? Call Dr. Lucas Jacomides at Greater Austin Urology in Austin, TX at (512) 540-3937 to schedule your appointment.
Howdy folks! I know, it's been a while since my last Blog, but I've been busy trying to Make Urology Greater Again. Plus, I've been searching for something meaningful and positive to say, since my mom thinks my past blogs sounded a little bitter. What do you think?
Overall, I'm alive and well in the great city of Austin, TX, so life is good. Greater Austin Urology is gradually filling up with patients, both old and new. I have performed my first 2 robotic cases, and they went well. And on April 12, we celebrated our second month in business with a Grand Opening/Open House at the office. Many thanks to everybody who pitched in to make it successful: Glen Dyson and Lance Gay from Cogentix, Britney Blankenship from Touchstone Imaging, Danny Williamson from 180 Medical, Landon Groff from J&R Medical, and last but not least, my parents Nick and Vasso Jacomides, for coming all the way from Houston to bring baklava!
Of course, there have been some down moments too. Starting and running a business, especially a medical practice, is not easy. There are serious headwinds that eventually force many of the small fish in the ocean to seek power in numbers, whether it be with big hospital systems, big multi-specialty clinics, or big single-specialty practices. I really think there are a lot of people out there who want to see me and others like me fail, but I keep looking for allies to help me win the battle. Unfortunately, while attending one of those meetings yesterday, my car got broken into and my laptop was stolen. Don't worry- all of my data is password-encrypted, but it still sucks nonetheless. I feel like the only doctor who had a worse week than me was Ronny Jackson, Trump's doctor and failed pick for VA Secretary!
It's easy to get despondent, but lately whenever I start to feel this way, for some strange reason (for which I'm sure I will catch a little grief), I think of the words to the song "Roar" by pop diva Katy Perry:
"You held me down, but I got up. Get ready 'cause I had enough. I see it all, I see it now. I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing though the fire, 'cause I am a champion, and you're going to hear me roar, louder, louder than a lion, 'cause I am a champion, and you're going to hear me roar!"
I know, make fun of me all you want, but the best days of Greater Austin Urology are ahead of us. I won't go down without a fight, and it's going to take a lot more than petty larceny to get me down. So time to jump on the bandwagon, everybody, because I am a champion, and you're going to hear me roar!
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