Terminology

Nephrectomy

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Nephrectomy is the surgical process of removing a kidney or a part of a kidney. Though the human body has two functioning kidneys, it was determined years ago that it can function and excrete urine with just one. Nephrectomy is a major surgery performed under general anesthesia in which a physician makes an incision in the abdomen, disconnects the ureter and blood vessels and removes the kidney. The procedure can also be done as a laparoscopic procedure. Typically a Nephrectomy ...

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Cystectomy

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More than 50,000 cases of bladder cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. For many individuals battling this cancer, a full or partial cystectomy may be the recommended treatment option. A cystectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or a part of the urinary bladder. Bladder cancers in the early phases can typically be treated with chemotherapy and radiation while cancers in the latter stages will require a partial or full cystectomy. Once a person’s bladder is ...

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Hormonal Therapy

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For thousands of women, hormonal therapy (not to be confused with hormone replacement therapy used for the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause) is the recommended course of action in order to treat hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. Estrogen causes these types of breast cancers to grow. Most of the estrogen produced in women’s bodies comes from the ovaries so by blocking the estrogen flow from the ovaries or lowering the amount of estrogen within the body has been proven to shrink ...

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Interstitial Cystitis

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Interstitial cystitis, also referred to as “painful bladder syndrome” or IC/PBC, is a condition that results in consistent and chronic discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The disorder, more common in women than in men, represents varying degrees of symptoms that include pressure in the pelvic area, intense pain in the bladder, an urgent need to urinate and pain as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Many women will experience worse symptoms ...

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

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Assisted reproductive technologies is a generalized term referring to the varying methods in which a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm are managed and thus used in order to attain pregnancy by artificial or partially artificial means. During an ART procedure, intercourse is bypassed and the fertilization process is performed in the gynecological office or lab. For most women, one out of every three ART procedures will result in the birth of a baby. While there are many different ART ...

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Interstim Continence Control Therapy

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Millions of people suffer from an overactive bladder—meaning, their bladder prevents them from controlling when and how much they urinate. There are many reasons why a person will have an overactive bladder and suffer from the affects of incontinence, but thankfully, there are treatments on the market that have worked successfully for many people. Interstim Continence Control Therapy is a neurostimulation treatment representing an implant that uses electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves to manage the urge to urinate. Depending ...

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Premature Ejaculation

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Premature ejaculation is something that every man, at least once in their life, has had occur during a sexual experience. For a man between the age of 18-59, premature ejaculation is a psychological condition that occurs when he ejaculates before his sex partner has reached an orgasm in more than half of their sexual encounters—or if he consistently ejaculates short of two minutes. For young men, premature ejaculation may occur because of age relating to the fact that one might ...

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Vesica Sling Procedure

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When someone experiences incontinence or problems associated with the bladder, one treatment option is to insert a sling in order to support the bladder so that symptoms of involuntary loss of urine can be controlled. A surgical sling procedure used to stabilize the bladder neck and provide support for the urethra is called a vesica sling procedure. Using either an autologous or a synthetic sling material to hold the sling in place, once inserted, the vesica sling can provide urinary ...

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Periurethral Bulking Injections

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When a woman goes through pregnancy or childbirth, or begins to experience the physical signs from aging, the muscles around the bladder which help to hold urine in place, naturally become weaker. For some women, this weakness can cause stress incontinence which is the involuntary loss of urine that can occur when coughing, sneezing or straining of any kind occurs. Periurethral bulking injections is one such treatment that is available to ease the symptoms of stress-related incontinence. It is a ...

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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a condition in which clusters or groupings of water-like fluid cysts develop in the kidneys. Although the cysts are typically contained within and affect only the kidneys, they can develop elsewhere within the body as well. High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor leading to polycystic kidney disease. The condition can ultimately lead to kidney failure. People with this condition have varying symptoms and degrees of the disorder. High blood pressure, an enlarged abdomen, ...

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