Urology

Looking for a urologist in San Diego?

Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups is your source for San Diego’s most knowledgeable urinary and reproductive tract health specialists. Urology, a subspecialty of internal medicine, is the branch of medicine that focuses on the conditions of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs. Urologists manage benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system, the reproductive system, and the renal gland.

Because the branch of urology encompasses a broad scope of organs and conditions, many urologists choose to specialize within one or more particular sub-disciplines of the field. These sub-disiplines include: andrology (focus on the male reproductive system), endourology (closed surgery), female urology, laparoscopy (robotic-assisted surgery), neurourology (urologic conditions caused by nerves, resulting in abnormal urination), pediatric urology, reproductive urology, and urologic oncology.

Urologists employ sophisticated medical expertise and advanced diagnostic tools to treat urinary tract conditions from routine to complex. Their use of diagnostic and pathology services provide accurate, thorough results to help them pinpoint problems and develop effective care plans, from prescribing medications to performing surgery. Urologists often work in multidisciplinary teams of physician specialists in order to provide the best management and/or treatment plan depending on a patient’s health condition.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection necessary for sexual intercourse. It’s estimated that 18 million men suffer from ED in the U.S. alone.

If you’re experiencing ongoing erection problems, you should visit a local urologist for an evaluation. Risk factors of ED include:

  • Certain medications
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Inadequate blood flow to the penis
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Prostate / Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in males between 25 and 40 years. Prostate cancer typically occurs later in age, and annual screenings are recommended for men over 50.

The good news is that both cancers are highly treatable if diagnosed and treated in their early stages. Diagnosis methods include:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Prostate biopsy (typically after abnormalities are already found)
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
  • Transrectal ultrasound
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Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that causes sudden and more frequent need to urinate. In some cases of OAB, urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) may also be present.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder, there are a few treatment options you and your physician may consider:

  • Prescription medication(s)
  • Behavioral therapy (i.e. bladder training, pelvic floor electrical stimulation)
  • Surgery for severe cases
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