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May 31, 2022

Understanding Your Well-Being Screening: What Questions Doctors Ask Those Over the Age of 65 and Why

Americans live longer today than ever before. More than one in every seven adults in the U.S. is 65 or older—and the average person can now expect to celebrate their 78th birthday.

Prevention is the key to enjoying your golden years. In May, during Older Americans Month, we highlight important…

April 14, 2022

Prostate Cancer: What Men Need to Know

Found only in males, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the reproductive system located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Cancer can develop when cells in the prostate begin to grow out of control. While there are a few rare forms…

February 2, 2022

Underactive Bladder: What You Should Know

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition in which the bladder churns and contracts uncontrollably, causing urinary urgency, frequency and sometimes incontinence. OAB has received a great deal of attention and clinical research.  However, its younger sibling, underactive bladder, is an ailment that most people have not heard of and is…

November 1, 2021

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient: Urologist Visiting the Urologist

Urinary problems are not a result of aging, but of prostate enlargement as men age.

As a maturing man who is approaching 50 years old, I personally have had time to truly empathize with many of my patients. Most men confuse the onset of urinary symptoms and worsening lower urinary…

October 21, 2021

Genetics of Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer

This month is breast cancer awareness month. Interestingly, breast cancer and prostate cancer have so much in common. Excepting skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Breast and prostate are dependent upon the sex hormones estrogen and…

September 30, 2021

What is Urologic Care?

“Urology” (uro—urinary tract; logos—study of) is the branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats diseases of the urinary tract in males and females and the reproductive tract in males. The urinary organs under the “domain” of urology include the kidneys, the ureters (tubes connecting kidneys to the urinary bladder), the urinary…

September 27, 2021

Bladder Cancer: What You Should Know

Bladder cancer comprises a large part of the practice of urology. The incidence of bladder cancer increases with age and is four times more common in men than women and twice as high in Caucasian men than African-American men. 80% of newly diagnosed individuals are 60 years of age or…

September 22, 2021

What is Urologic Oncology?

Urologic oncology is a urological subspecialty that diagnoses and treats cancers of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Urologic cancers are extremely common and comprise a significant part of the medical and surgical practice of urologists, who treat many serious and potentially life-threatening cancers.


September 17, 2021

When Urination is Painful

Dysuria is the medical term for uncomfortable, burning or painful urination. It is a common symptom and a frequent reason for a consultation with a urologist. There are many underlying causes including infections, inflammatory conditions, trauma, injury, and pelvic floor dysfunction.


Painful urination often occurs…

September 15, 2021

Genetic Testing for Prostate Cancer

Normal cells become cancer cells (malignant cells) when mutations in the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) sequence of a gene transform cells into a growing and destructive version of their former selves. These abnormal cells can then divide and multiply without control. Although DNA mutations can be inherited, it is much more…

August 19, 2021

What is a PSA? Why Men Should Get Screened for Prostate Cancer

What is PSA?

PSA (prostate specific antigen) is a chemical produced by the prostate gland. It functions to liquefy semen following ejaculation, aiding the transit of sperm to the egg. A small amount of PSA filtrates from the prostate into the blood circulation and can be measured by a…

July 14, 2021

Rezūm Therapy for BPH

What is Resūm Therapy?

Rezūm Therapy is a safe and effective first-of-its-kind minimally invasive treatment to treat BPH — an enlarged prostate. It has been shown to relieve symptoms by reducing excess prostate tissue, which is the cause of BPH, with the use of water vapor therapy.

Prior to…

March 3, 2021

12 Urology Misconceptions Debunked

Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information about urology circulating around the general population. To help you make sense of it, Dr. Andrew Siegel is helping to debunk twelve common misconceptions about urology.

1. Misconception: Urologists only treat men.

Reality: Although gynecologists treat only females, urologists care…

November 23, 2020

7 Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is the enlargement of the prostate gland. About half of men over age 75 will experience symptoms of BPH. BPH is a very minor condition and is not related to prostate cancer. However, symptoms can cause discomfort and be inconvenient.

What Is BPH…
November 9, 2020

5 Signs of Bladder Cancer: What Women Should Know

Bladder cancer may not be on your radar even if you’re vigilant about getting routine GYN care. After all, it’s far more common among men than women, and the majority of cases affect patients over age 65. However, don’t let those stats keep you from learning to spot the warning…

October 26, 2020

9 Treatment Tactics to Overcome Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation (PE) is a condition in which sexual climax occurs before, upon, or shortly after vaginal penetration, prior to one’s desire to do so, with minimal voluntary control. It is the most common form of male sexual dysfunction.

The key features are:

Brief time to ejaculation (often less than…
October 12, 2020

Do I Have Low Testosterone? 24 Questions Answered By A Urologist

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

There has been an “epidemic” of a clinical syndrome based on low testosterone levels. There is no subject rife with more confusion and misinformation than testosterone deficiency and its treatment. Hopefully, the following 24 questions and answers, pulled from those commonly asked by my patients…

March 9, 2020

Kidney Stones 101: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Kidney stones are a common problem that I treat daily. Kidney stones are often related to our dietary habits, the amount of fluids that we drink, and our weight.

If you have ever suffered with a kidney stone, you know what excruciating pain is. Many women who have experienced both…

February 24, 2020

The Prostate Gland: Man’s Center of Gravity

The prostate gland is a mysterious male reproductive organ that can be a source of curiosity, anxiety, fear and potential trouble. Since this gland is a midline organ nestled deep within the pelvis, I like to think of it as man’s “center of gravity.”

Where exactly is the prostate…

February 17, 2020

4 Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence in Men

Urinary incontinence (UI) in men—involuntary leakage of urine – is not an uncommon problem. As estimated 3.4 million men in the United States currently experience UI, making life difficult both physically and emotionally.  While often related to prostate problems, urinary incontinence has a variety of causes and can also…

February 3, 2020

Male Sexual Dysfunction: A Predictor of Heart Disease

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) serves as a good proxy for cardiac and general health. The presence of ED is as much of a predictor of heart disease as is a strong family history, tobacco smoking, or elevated cholesterol!

All fat is not created equal.

Having some fat on our bodies…

January 27, 2020

Urine Color and Odor - What Does It Mean?

Everyone has probably noticed at one time or another that the color and odor of their urine can change. While the difference may just be something you ate, the color and odor of your urine can also be indicative of a possible health condition. As such, it’s important to take…

January 20, 2020

10 Ways to Get A Good Night's Sleep

In addition to exercise and healthy eating as the key pieces to a healthy lifestyle, modern science supports quality sleep as a third piece of equal importance. According to the CDC, more than one third of Americans are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. 

How Much Sleep…
January 13, 2020

10 Easy Food Substitutions for a Healthy Eating Lifestyle

Today’s entry is about a healthy eating lifestyle—as opposed to a diet—that works for me and I promise will help you improve your body shape and shed excess pounds. I want to emphasize that this is not a fad diet. It’s a style of eating that can be easily incorporated…

December 16, 2019

5 Diet Changes That May Reduce the Risk of Kidney Stones

Every year, more than half a million Americans go to the emergency room for kidney stone related problems. Although there is no definitive, single cause for kidney stones, making some changes to your diet can reduce your risk for developing new stones.

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are…

December 9, 2019

6 Surprising Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Having problems with erections from time to time is common and shouldn’t be cause for concern. However, if these problems become progressively worse or happen routinely with sex, you may want to speak with your doctor about erectile dysfunction (ED). Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability to develop and…

November 25, 2019

5 Common Vasectomy Myths Debunked by Urologists

According to the Urology Care Foundation, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy for birth control each year. But is it right for you? Because it’s a permanent form of birth control, many men have questions or concerns before having a vasectomy. This is normal and…

November 11, 2019

Pelvic Floor Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly a quarter of U.S. women are affected by a pelvic floor disorder. Pelvic floor disorders are a result of weakened or injured muscles and connective tissue in the pelvic cavity that may cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms making physical activity…

November 4, 2019

Ejaculation: What to Expect As You Age

There is little written on ejaculatory issues aside from timing problems (premature and delayed ejaculation) and hematospermia (blood in the semen). However, not a day goes by in my urology practice where I do not see at least several patients who complain about declining ejaculation function.

What does the…

October 28, 2019

How To Use Your Pelvic Floor Muscles to Overcome Overactive Bladder

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is defined as urinary urgency (the sudden and urgent desire to urinate) and frequency (urinating too often, which can be during both awake and sleep hours), with or without urgency incontinence (urinary leakage associated with the urgent desire to urinate). It’s…

October 21, 2019

Peyronie's Disease: Causes and Treatment Options

Peyronie’s Disease is an inflammatory condition of the penis that causes penile curvature and an uncomfortable or painful erection that can dramatically interfere with one’s sexual health. It’s not uncommon, with more than 120,000 cases per year in the USA (only a small fraction of cases are actually treated.) Although…

October 14, 2019

Hydrocele: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

What is a hydrocele?

A hydrocele is an accumulation of fluid within the sac that surrounds the testicle, resulting in ballooning and enlargement of the scrotum. It can vary in size from just slightly bigger than the actual testes to larger than a cantaloupe.

Each testicle is surrounded by…

October 7, 2019

Bladder Cancer: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

In the United States, the prevalence of bladder cancer has increased greatly over the last few decades, with more than 60,000 new cases diagnosed annually. It occurs more frequently in men than in women, and is usually diagnosed in adults over 60 years old. When bladder cancer is diagnosed and…

September 30, 2019

What Causes Chronic Testicular Pain?

Orchialgia is the medical term for chronic testicular pain, defined as constant or intermittent pain in the testicles, lasting for three or more months and interfering with one’s quality of life. It’s not an uncommon problem for men of all ages, but it is seen more frequently in young adults. It…

September 16, 2019

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could prevent prostate cancer? Unfortunately, we’re not there yet—but we do have an understanding of what measures can be taken to help reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer. One way is through a blood test to determine the prostate specific antigen…

September 9, 2019

Prostate Cancer: Risk Factors and Treatment Options

After a prostate cancer diagnosis, there can be a lot of information to take in. The path you and your doctor decide to take for treatment depends on certain factors including the stage of the cancer, your age, and your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results, among others.


August 26, 2019

What to Expect After Adult Circumcision

What is a circumcision?

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The procedure takes about thirty minutes and is performed under general anesthesia. The entire foreskin is removed using an incision just behind the head of the penis. This leaves the head of the penis completely exposed. Local…

August 19, 2019

What to Expect: Botox Injection for Overactive Bladder (OAB)

You’ve probably heard of Botox being used to improve the cosmetic appearance of facial wrinkles. However, botox has many medical uses that go beyond improving one’s appearance. For example, botox is commonly used to improve internal body functions. In the field of urology, it can be injected into the bladder…

August 12, 2019

6 Reflexes That are Vital to Your Pelvic Health

A reflex is an automatic response to a stimulus, an action that occurs without conscious thought. Many of us are familiar with the knee jerk reflex, in which the knee straightens as a result of the quadriceps muscle contracting in response to the tendon of our kneecap being tapped with…

August 5, 2019

Is Active Surveillance the Best Treatment for My Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. There are 240,000 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed annually, and it accounts for 30,000 deaths per year. However, unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer is often not a fatal disease and may never need to be treated.

July 29, 2019

How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink?

Many sources of information say that humans need 8-12 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated and thrive. Some people take that rule literally and end up in a urologist’s office complaining of urinary urgency, frequency and leakage. Clearly, the 8-12 rule is not appropriate for everyone!


July 22, 2019

Nocturia: 7 Ways to Improve Frequent Nighttime Urination

Nocturia is the medical term for the need to awaken from sleep to urinate. Getting up once to relieve your bladder during sleep hours is usually not particularly troublesome. However, when it happens two or more times it can negatively impact one’s quality of life because of sleep disruption, leading…

July 15, 2019

How to Naturally Boost Your Testosterone Levels

Testosterone has become a very in-vogue term. Many patients come into the office specifically asking for their testosterone levels to be checked.  The pharma industry has aggressively pursued direct-to-consumer advertising of testosterone replacement products, which in turn has created a grass-roots awareness of testosterone issues, a topic that was previously…

July 8, 2019

Kidney Disease: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Kidney disease is a very common cause of serious illness, affecting more than 25 million Americans. Each year approximately 110,000 new patients start dialysis treatments in the US, and kidney disease is responsible for nearly 100,000 American deaths annually.

How do the kidneys work under normal circumstances?

Our kidneys…

June 17, 2019

Penile Fracture: How to Treat a Broken Penis

Although there is no bone in the human penis, there is still a risk of penile fracture that requires medical intervention and surgical treatment. 

The penis is an organ with an impressive ability to multitask, having urinary, sexual and reproductive functions.  As a urinary organ, it allows directed urination that…

June 10, 2019

How Diabetes Affects Urological Health

Did you know a common symptom of undiagnosed diabetes is frequent urination? This is because of the urine-producing effect of glucose in the urine. People with urinary frequency will often consult a urologist in error, thinking that the problem is related to their kidneys, bladder or prostate, when it’s actually…

June 3, 2019

4 Treatment Paths for Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence, or ED) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. A practical approach to treating ED —similar to the strategy for most medical issues — starts with a medical history, physical examination and basic lab tests. More extensive…

May 28, 2019

Urethral Diverticulum in Women: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

A urethral diverticulum (UD) is a pocket or pouch that forms along the urethra. Many are small and not symptomatic. However, because of their location, they can become filled with urine and lead to infections. UDs only occur in approximately 5% of adult females, most commonly between the age 40-70.

May 20, 2019

PSA Screening 101: What You Should Know

Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a chemical produced by the prostate gland. PSA functions to liquefy semen following ejaculation, aiding the transit of sperm to the egg. A small amount of PSA filters from the prostate into the blood circulation and can be measured by a simple blood test. In…

May 14, 2019

Tunica Cysts: What You Should Know

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

The tunica albuginea is a dense fibrous sheath that surrounds, covers and protects the delicate contents of each testicle. The tunica albuginea is surrounded by a second layer, the tunica vaginalis. Tunica cysts, which are benign cystic masses, may arise from either tunic.

What is a tunica…
May 6, 2019

Bladder Infections in Women: 12 Ways to Keep Cystitis at Bay

Bladder infections (a.k.a., cystitis) are common among women. Acute cystitis is a bladder infection that typically causes the following symptoms:

Pain/burning Frequent urination Urinary urgency (“gotta go”)

Additional symptoms that may occur include: urinating small volumes, bleeding, and urinary incontinence (leakage).

Microscopic inspection of urine usually shows bacteria, white blood cells and red blood cells.…

April 29, 2019

Recognizing World Vasectomy Day

A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control by preventing the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens from each testicle is clamped, cut or otherwise sealed, which is the mechanism to prevent the flow of sperm. Vasectomy is easily performed…

April 22, 2019

FDA Decision on Pelvic Prolapse Repair Mesh Sets Back Women’s Health

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products for trans-vaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (Boston Scientific and Coloplast) to stop selling and distributing their products in…

April 15, 2019

12 Steps to Overcoming Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a common condition often due to one’s bladder contracting (squeezing) at any time without warning. This involuntary bladder contraction can give rise to the symptoms of urgency, frequency (daytime and nighttime) and urgency incontinence. The key symptom of OAB…

April 1, 2019

Heart Healthy is Prostate Healthy

Written by Dr. Eric Seaman:

Author Mark Moyad, MD, has coined the expression  “Heart healthy is prostate healthy.” At a recent speaking engagement for the physicians at New Jersey Urology, Dr. Moyad spoke of nutrition, overall health and its relationship to mortality from all causes – including prostate cancer.…

March 18, 2019

Should I See a Doctor for Erectile Dysfunction?

Some medical conditions are easy to ignore, especially when they seem as common as erectile dysfunction (ED). Although commercials may normalize the condition, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your urologist if you start experiencing signs and symptoms of ED.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Causes of…

March 11, 2019

Can Varicocelectomy Improve In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Outcomes? 

Written by Dr. Eric Seaman:

Varicoceles are enlarged scrotal veins that lie next to the testicle or testicles. Varicoceles can be associated with loss of testicular size, testicular pain and infertility. Varicocele repair, also known as varcocelectomy, has been reported to improve results of semen…

January 28, 2019

Why You Should Exercise the Pelvic Floor Muscles

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel:

We hear much about the importance of strengthening our “core” muscles. Most core exercise programs focus on the abdominal, hip, and back muscles. However, there are deeper core muscles that form the floor of the core muscles–the pelvic floor muscles—that are often neglected. These…

December 17, 2018

6 Kidney Stone Symptoms and When to See a Urologist

Kidney stones can occur in adults of any age and can be extremely painful and inconvenient. About 11% of men and 7% of women in the United States will experience a kidney stone at some point, and approximately half of those who experience kidney stones will get them again.…

December 10, 2018

How To Do a Monthly Testicular Self Exam

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

Most testes lumps, bumps and growths are benign and not problematic. Although cancer of the testicles is rare (less than 9,000 cases a year in the USA), it is the most common solid cancer in young men age 15-40, with the greatest incidence in…

December 3, 2018

6 Urological Medical Myths Debunked

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

Some urological medical myths are perpetuated by the general (non-medical) community, consisting of erroneous beliefs and inaccurate presumptions. These falsehoods often require a great deal of physician time in an effort to disabuse patients of them.

Myth 1: A vaccine caused my child’s…
November 19, 2018

A Urological Approach to Men's Preventative Health

Written by Dr. Andrew Siegel

With respect to their health, women are usually adept at preventive care and commonly see an internist or gynecologist regularly. On the other hand, men—who could certainly take a lesson from the fairer sex—are generally not good at seeing doctors for routine checkups. Not…

November 12, 2018

Is This Normal? 10 Common Penile “Flaws” You May Have

A penis is a special organ—a man’s joy, if not pride—and certainly one of his most prized, appreciated and cherished possessions, to which he has a significant attachment. As multifunctional as a Swiss Army knife, it allows him to stand to urinate (an undervalued capability), rises and firms to the…

November 5, 2018

Should You Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.

It’s recommended that beginning at age 40 (depending on risk level), men should…

July 12, 2018

5 Fascinating Myths About Robotic Surgery, Debunked

With the robotic-assisted surgery arena growing bigger by the day—and commanded solely by the company behind da Vinci® robots—it’s no wonder that people may be becoming concerned about where the doctor ends and the machine begins (or simply fear robots will replace human beings altogether). In fact, these robots…

September 14, 2017

3 Common Myths About Prostate Cancer Treatments, Debunked

The internet is a never-ending double-edged sword. On the one hand, a world of indefinite knowledge is simply a click or touch away. On the other, misinformation is sometimes hidden under the guise of truth. This seems to be the case for a variety of topics, including prostate cancer.

August 16, 2017

Do Male Fertility Supplements Work?

If you’re a male that struggles with infertility, you might have been tempted to try one of the many male fertility supplements that are available on the market. But do they really help increase sperm count and mobility, or are they completely ineffective?

A lot of research has been done…

June 16, 2017

Men’s Health Month: Cancer in Men

June is men’s health month and we want to take the time to educate you on important facts regarding your health or the health of the men in your life.

Top Cancers in Men

Out of the top 6 most common cancers in men, 3 of them are urology…

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