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By Greater Austin Urology
July 12, 2018
Category: Urology
Tags: kidney stones  

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 stoneskidney 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
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • 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
  • Calcium
  • Struvite
  • Cystine

What Causes Kidney Stones?

There are a few factors that can increase the risk:

  • Dehydration
  • High sodium and protein diets
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Side effect 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.

By Greater Austin Urology
May 21, 2018
Category: Urology

Does urinary incontinence keep you from doing the things you really want to do? When you're constantly worried about urine leakage urinary incontinenceor 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.



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