Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on the urinary tracts of men and women—and at Florida Hospital East Orlando, we pride ourselves on having one of the best urology programs in Central Florida. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Florida Hospital as being one of the best places in the entire country to receive urology services.
These services cover the organs of the urinary tract, and conditions affecting them can affect reproductive organs as well. These organs include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra and the male reproductive organs.
Some of the conditions we treat and services we provide include:
- Androgen deficiency and androgen dysfunction: Androgens are a group of hormones affecting male traits and reproductive activity. Present in both males and females, the primary androgens are testosterone and androstenedione. Excess amounts of androgens can lead to conditions such as acne, excess hair growth in “inappropriate” places and thinning hair.
- Early detection of prostate cancer and the management of benign and malignant prostate conditions
- Erectile dysfunction: Erectile dysfunction occurs in as many as 30 million men. It is typically caused by treatable physical problems, including abnormal cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease. Treatment options include oral medications, therapy and, in some cases, surgery.
- Male voiding: Male voiding occurs when the bladder cannot be emptied normally. It can be caused by waiting too long to urinate, urinating too frequently or trying to urinate when the muscles keeping the urine in the bladder are clamped down.
- Management of adrenal, bladder, ureteral, penile, prostate, kidney and testicular cancers
- Management of Peyronie’s disease: A certain degree of penile curvature is considered normal, but this disease may cause pain; hardened, big, cord-like lesions (scar tissue known as “plaques”); or an abnormal curvature of the penis when erect due to chronic inflammation of the tunica albuginea (CITA). Treatments include medication, supplements or therapy, and, in rare cases, surgery.
- Management of sexually transmitted diseases. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. The main STDs are chlamydia (one of the most widespread STDs in the U.S.), gonorrhea, syphilis and general herpes, which represent only a fraction of the true STD problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are approximately 19 million new STD infections each year, which cost the U.S. healthcare system $16.4 billion annually—and cost individuals even more in terms of acute and long-term health consequences.
- Precocious puberty: When the signs of puberty begin to show before age 9 in boys, it can be physically and emotionally difficult, and can sometimes be the sign of an underlying health problem.
- Vasectomy: A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control. Technology has afforded men the opportunity for a non-surgical vasectomy option. With this option, a physician makes a tiny puncture into the skin with a special instrument. This allows the physician to carry out the procedure as he or she normally would, only with very little bleeding, no stitches and much quicker healing with little or no scarring.
Our urologists and nephrologists—the latter being specialists in kidneys and their function—provide comprehensive care for both men and women. From kidney stones or urologic cancer, prostatitis to incontinence and bladder disorders, we’ve got the experience, expertise and cutting-edge tools and technology to effectively assess, diagnose and treat your condition, all in the caring, patient-centered environment on which Florida Hospital has staked its reputation for more than a century.
And if your condition requires outpatient surgery, our state-of-the-art Florida Hospital Surgery Center is designed with your needs in mind. This 13,500-square-foot facility offers the latest, most advanced equipment available, and features individual patient bays and fully equipped operating suites to ensure that you are receiving only the absolute best care before, during and after your procedure.
If you have any questions about our world-class Urology Program, or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, give us a call today at (407) 303-6865.