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Urology is the branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders of the male reproductive organs and urinary tract, including the bladder, prostate, urethra, kidneys, and male genital organs a specialist who is trained to evaluate the urinary and reproductive system, and to perform corrective surgery when necessary.
You may be referred to a urologist for conditions such as: infertility, urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, bladder prolapse, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, painful bladder syndrome, and more. Our specialists at Flagstaff Surgical are highly competent urologists who can accurately assess your condition and determine the best treatment protocol. Call our Urology department at (928) 773-2222 to schedule an appointment.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common1. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
Frequent need to urinate both day and night
Weak or slow urinary stream
A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
Difficulty or delay in starting urination
Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist.
Flagstaff Surgical Associates works with the hospital and two local surgery centers. We will schedule at the facility that best fits your surgery needs is contracted with your insurance carrier.
It is important to have an empty stomach before surgery to minimize the chance of vomiting during or after surgery to avoid complications. You will generally be instructed not to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This is extremely important and your surgery will be cancelled if these instructions are not followed.
On average, surgery takes 7 to 10 days to schedule. Insurance often requires precertification and/or authorization. There is usually preoperatively testing that the patient must have and patient, surgeon and surgery facility schedules need to be coordinated. We know that waiting for your surgery is not easy but we will do our best to get your surgery scheduled as soon as possible.
It is normal for your incision to appear discolored or slightly swollen. Call our office if you are having excessive pain, increased swelling or drainage or if you just have questions or concerns.
If you are not given a follow up time when you are discharged after surgery, please call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible after returning home. Typically, the postoperative appointment should be 7 to 10 days after surgery unless your doctor tells you something different.
We usually receive pathology results in 3 to 5 working days. If special stains are required or specimens are sent to outside facilities, the results may take up to 2 weeks longer. We will do our best to have the results to you as soon as possible
The urinary catheter is frequently called a “Foley.” This is because it is named after its inventor, the famous Minnesota Urologist Dr. Frederick Foley. There are many different varieties and sizes, but the basic principles are the same. It is a rubber or silicone drainage tube with retention balloon on the tip. The retention balloon holds it in the bladder so urine can drain out and collect in a collection bag (see diagram below). It is a closed system to decrease the chances of infection developing. Most patients are able to remove his or her catheter at home. Most patients are able to remove his or her catheter at home. This is perfectly safe and avoids an unnecessary trip to the office.
2. Cut the valve off the “Balloon Port”. Do this by cutting the neck of the tube just behind the valve. The valve will come off and water will trickle out of the tube. This is clean water that was inside the balloon at the tip of the catheter.
3. Wait for all the water to trickle out. When it stops, the balloon inside your bladder has been deflated.
4. Pull the entire catheter out with a steady pull. Do not jerk it or yank it out – if you do, it will come out but will be more uncomfortable.
5. Throw all the tubing and the collection bag away.
Removing the catheter in the shower with warm water running on you makes it much less uncomfortable (and it make less of a mess). If you do this, we suggest doing it seated to avoid falling or injury.