Akron General urologists also work collaboratively with other physicians to offer consultation on complex cases.
Diagnosis of a urologic condition usually involves combinations of screenings or tests. A medical history is required before an evaluation.
Common diagnostic procedures include:
Addressing a urologic condition may require a combination of treatments. They can include:
Infections, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction often times can be treated with medications. Medications, including chemotherapy, also play an important role in the treatment of urologic cancers, such as prostate, bladder or kidney cancer. For more information about chemotherapy, visit Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center.
The growth of prostate cancer can sometimes effectively be controlled using hormone therapy. Every case is different, so be sure to talk with your doctor to see if hormone therapy is appropriate.
Having a kidney or urinary stone can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences a person will ever have. Patients and their urologists have the reassurance that Akron General Medical Center offers some of the latest therapies for treatment of kidney and bladder stones - like extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. It is a non-invasive procedure, which can be done in most cases on an outpatient basis. Other minimally invasive options for urinary stone management include laser therapy and stone basket removal.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Sometimes pelvic floor rehabilitation is prescribed for treatment of bladder issues, including urinary leakage/incontinence and urgency or excessive frequency. Pelvic floor rehabilitation is offered at Akron General's Health & Wellness Center - West. It may include bladder retraining, biofeedback, support devices and more.
Radiation therapy may be recommended for prostate cancer and can be performed externally or by use of radioactive seeds (brachytherapy), which are implanted in or near the prostate. Radiation therapy can also be very helpful in relieving discomfort related to prostate cancer.
For urologic issues, Akron General Medical Center offers less invasive treatment options for issues including urinary stones and prostate disease. Ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies help physicians more accurately sample diseased tissue. Treating an enlarged prostate has also been made better by advancing technology. A procedure called vaporization, which uses a laser to remove damaged tissue, many times, offers better results than surgically resectioning the prostate because there's less loss of blood and faster healing time. Should the prostate need to be removed, Akron General offers robotic prostatectomy, which is minimally invasive.
Robotic Surgery for Urologic Procedures
Akron General now offers minimally invasive urologic surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Not all procedures are appropriate for robotic surgery. Learn more about robotic surgery at Akron General and view a list of physicians currently performing robotic procedures.
Robotic Surgery at Akron General