Urology

Monday, October 20, 2014

Watson Clinic’s urology team offers the latest treatments for conditions such as urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, kidney stones, and erectile dysfunction, just to name a few.

Urinary Incontinence
Recent advancements in bladder treatment technologies have made it possible to control or completely reverse the adverse effects of urinary and fecal incontinence disorders. The respected team of gynecologists and urologists are working together to treat - and often times cure - these disorders, eliminating the embarrassment that reduces quality of life and often hinders someone from seeking medical assistance.

Surgical Procedures
Watson Clinic’s urology department was the first in the state to perform two robot-assisted laparoscopic radical cystoprostatectomies (bladder removal surgery). The robotics system adds a new level of precision to the surgical procedure, resulting in less scarring, less blood loss, and a faster recovery time for the patient. Learn about Robotic Surgery.

BPH
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, generally affects men older than 50. Symptoms include a frequent, urgent need to urinate, especially at night, trouble urinating, a weak stream of urine, feeling that you still need to go after urinating, problems with leaking and dribbling, and small amounts of blood in your urine. To determine if you have BPH, your urologist may perform a digital rectal exam, measure urine flow, or order a blood test or x-ray. BPH may be treated through surgical or non-surgical means, or even through simple medications.

Urologic Oncology
Urologic oncology encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, including cancers of the kidney, renal pelvis, ureter, bladder, prostate, urethra, penis, and adrenal glands.

With the exception of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer found among men in the United States. As prostate cancer is typically slow growing, treatment yields a high cure rate, particularly when detected at an early stage.

Patients will require a thorough examination to determine if prostate cancer is present, as the symptoms of the disease are similar in nature to BPH or prostatitis (swelling or infection of the prostate). These symptoms may include difficult or painful urination, erectile dysfunction, and frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips and upper thighs. Some patients exhibit no symptoms at all.

Screening for prostate cancer are recommended to begin at the age of 50, or even earlier for higher risk patients, including African American men and those with a family history of the disease. PSA tests and digital rectal exams are common procedures used to detect the presence of prostate cancer.

Watson Clinic utilizes the latest technological and treatment advances, including minimally invasive surgical methods, when treating urologic cancers.

Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence or erectile dysfunction (E.D.) is a very common medical condition that affects tens of millions of men in the U.S. There are a number of factors that can cause this condition such as low levels of testosterone, diabetes or heart disease. Urologists offer various treatment options dependent on their patient’s personal situation, such as medications, testosterone replacement therapy, injections and more.


Physicians & Providers

James M. Belarmino, MD
David L. Bowers, MD
Jens C. Carlsen, DO
James A. Wilson, MD

Locations

Watson Clinic Main
1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Please call 863-680-7300 for additional information.