Ask The Experts: The Urology Group 1

Understanding Urologic Care

Both men’s and women’s health can be complicated, and two areas that we tend to be reluctant to talk about are the urinary tract and the reproductive system. For more than 20 years, the team at The Urology Group in Cincinnati has built a reputation as the region’s premier provider of urologic care and one of the leading specialty groups in the nation. The Urology Group understands that while these are sensitive issues, addressing concerns and providing advanced care ultimately means improving peoples’ lives. Dr. Eric Haaff recently answered some questions related to his every day work.

What is a urologist?

A urologist is a physician with a specialization in diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. This includes issues involving the bladder, urethra, kidneys and adrenal glands. Urologists also treat disorders of the male reproductive system.

What does a urologist do?

In addition to consultation and diagnosis, urologists can prescribe medical treatments and perform surgery, if necessary, to manage medical conditions. Urologists typically treat issues like kidney stones, overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms, urinary tract infections and prostate cancer. For men, urologists can also perform vasectomies and treat erectile dysfunction.

At what age should a patient begin seeing a urologist and how often?

In most cases, patients should see a urologist any time they have a persistent or unusual problem involving their urinary tract. For example, women can suffer from bladder leakage after childbirth or as they age. However, men should undergo a prostate cancer screening around age 50—or earlier if they are in a higher risk category.

When do most people begin having bladder issues?

Many women experience urological health issues as a result of childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy, which can lead to conditions including pelvic floor weakness, overactive bladder or inflammation of the bladder wall, known as interstitial cystitis.

For men, incontinence is most often related to prostate problems, such as an enlarged prostate. These problems typically begin around age 50, but may occur younger considering heredity or other risk factors.

How common is sexual dysfunction and how does The Urology Group help patients with these issues?

Studies indicate about 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction, or ED. Treatment options range from behavioral therapy, to medication, to a penile prosthesis.

For post-menopausal women, vaginal dryness due to hormonal change affects between 50 and 60% of the category. However, vaginal changes are a normal part of aging, caused by lowered estrogen levels from changes in the ovarian function. Women have the options of medications as well as MonaLisa Touch, a laser treatment that stimulates the production of collagen and eases symptoms.

For more than 20 years, The Urology Group has built a reputation as one of the leading specialty groups in the nation. They offer a wide variety of services and state-of-the-art treatments with the scale and size to offer patients the most comprehensive treatment options.