Urology

Overview

Overview

Urologists specialize in issues involving the female and male urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, and urethra (the parts of your body that help you pee). They also specialize in dealing with issues involving the male reproductive organs (whereas many female reproductive issues are generally handled by an OB/GYN).

Proliance Urologists can help with problems in any of these areas:


Oncology

Bladder Cancer

A common cancer that begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Usually diagnosed at an early stage, it is highly treatable, but may return. Symptoms include blood in urine, frequent urination, back pain, and painful urination.


Oncology

Kidney Cancer

Beginning in the kidneys, it can manifest as different types, including renal cell carcinoma, Wilms tumor, or transitional cell carcinoma. Symptoms don’t usually occur in its early stages, but common signs include pain in the back or side that doesn’t go away, loss of appetite, fever, unexplained weight loss, and blood in the urine.


Kidneys

Kidney Stones

Hard deposits of minerals and salts that form within the kidneys. They can occur due to diet, body weight, some medical conditions, and certain supplements. They are usually asymptomatic until moving around or begin to pass into one of the ureters (tubes connecting the kidneys and bladder), but symptoms include severe and sharp pain in the side and back, pain radiating to the lower abdomen and groin, blood in the urine, foul-smelling urine, fever and chills, a persistent need to urinate, urinating in small amounts.


Bladder

Urinary Incontinence

Loss of bladder control that ranges in severity from occasionally leaking urine when coughing or sneezing so an immediate urge that prevents making it to the toilet on time. There are several types of this condition: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, functional incontinence, and mixed incontinence.


Female Urinary System

Urinary Issues

Common conditions that can affect men and women include urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, an overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, and bladder cancer. These conditions have a range of causes from bacterial infection to pregnancy and childbirth to birth control and autoimmune diseases and excessive weight.


Prostate

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Also known as prostate gland enlargement, a common condition in men as they age. There are several effective treatments, ranging from minimally invasive therapies to surgery. Symptoms include increased urination at night, difficulty beginning urination, a weak urine stream, inability to empty the bladder, and frequent or urgent need to urinate.

Male-specific


Oncology

Testicular Cancer

A growth of cells that begins in the testicles and is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs most often between the ages of 15 and 45. A highly treatable condition, even when it spreads and common treatments are surgery and chemotherapy. Symptoms include a lump or swelling in either testicle, heaviness in the scrotum, a dull ache in the lower belly or groin, pain or discomfort in a testicle or scrotum, back pain, tenderness in the breast tissue, or enlargement.


Penis

Erectile Dysfunction

The inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. It is a persistent condition rather than one that occurs from time to time and may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Symptoms include difficulty getting an erection, trouble maintaining an erection, and reduced sexual desire.


Oncology

Prostate Cancer

A common type that grows slowly is confined to the prostate gland, though some types may be aggressive and can spread quickly. Early detection has the best chance for a successful treatment and while it doesn’t show signs in the early stages, symptoms include trouble urinating, decreased force in the urine stream, blood in the urine, blood in semen, losing weight without effort, and erectile dysfunction.


Reproductive Management

Vasectomy

A form of male birth control that prevents sperm from reaching the semen by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. It’s an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia and is nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy with a low risk of complications or side effects.

Locations

Locations

Care Center

1519 3rd Street SE Suite 210
Puyallup, WA 98372-3724

(253) 770-1105

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