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By Kasraeian Urology
July 05, 2019
Category: Urology

Find out if your urinary issues are due to an enlarged prostate gland.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate enlargement, is a condition that most men don’t know about but it’s still the bphmost common prostate issue affecting men over 50 years old. As the prostate enlarges it presses against the urethra, this issues coupled with the fact that the bladder wall may thicken, can make it difficult to fully empty the bladder when urinating. From the office of our Jacksonville, FL, urologists Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian, find out if your urinary issues could be the result of BPH.

 

What are the symptoms of BPH?

If you have BPH the most common symptoms are an increase in urinary urgency and frequency. This means that you may urinate more than eight times throughout the day or you may feel a sudden urge to urinate that you can’t hold. When you do urinate you may notice that you have trouble starting or that there is a weak or interrupted flow.

Those with BPH may also find themselves waking up in the middle of the night to urinate. A blocked urethra or overworked bladder is often to blame for BPH.

 

Who is at risk for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia?

As we mentioned earlier, this problem most commonly affects men over the age of 50; however, it can be found in men as young as 40 years old. You may also be more likely to develop BPH if you have a family history of BPH. Other factors include being obese, having heart disease, or type 2 diabetes, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.

 

When should I see a doctor?

Since there are many conditions that can cause the same symptoms as BPH it’s important that you see our Jacksonville, FL, urologist to find out if your urinary symptoms are due to BPH or other issues such as a bladder infection, UTI, or an inflamed prostate. If you are dealing with the symptoms above it’s important that you seek medical attention and don’t ignore the problem.

 

How is BPH treated?

Your BPH treatment plan will usually involve a combination of lifestyle changes and medication; however, sometimes certain procedures or even surgery may be recommended depending on the severity of your condition. Lifestyle changes include:

  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine
  • Limiting water and liquids while in public
  • Performing pelvic floor exercises

Medications such as alpha blockers may also be used to help relax the muscles of the bladder and prostate to improve urine flow and to prevent blockages. If medication and lifestyle changes don’t improve your symptoms then your urologist will discuss different minimally invasive treatments such as ultrasound or needle ablation treatment that could alleviate your symptoms.

If you are dealing with urinary problems it’s time to call Kasraeian Urology today to schedule an appointment at one of our three offices throughout Jacksonville, FL.

By Kasraeian Urology
July 01, 2019
Category: Urology
Tags: MRI Fusion  

Find out how this biopsy procedure improves the detection of prostate cancer.

Approximately one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, and the American Cancer Society estimates doctorthat in 2019, there will be more than 174,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the US. Since prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American men, it’s important that we find more effective detection and diagnostic solutions to improve a patient’s health. This is why our Jacksonville, FL, urologists Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian offer the UroNav MRI fusion biopsy system.
 

What should I expect?

The first step is to receive an MRI of the prostate. The MRI will be performed a couple of weeks prior to the biopsy. An MRI only takes about 45 to 60 minutes and is completely painless. The MRI results will allow our urologist to look at 3D images of the prostate to detect any suspicious growths or lesions.

During the next visit, you will undergo an ultrasound. The ultrasound will provide clear images of the prostate. Along with the MRI images, which helped us detect suspicious growths or problem areas, we will also fuse with it the images of the ultrasound to accurately locate the area or areas of the prostate that need to biopsied. A thin needle is used to collect the tissue samples. These samples will then be sent to a lab for testing.
 

What are the benefits of a MRI fusion biopsy?

One of the major benefits of this advanced technology is that it is able to detect tumors and cancerous lesions with better accuracy than traditional biopsies. The ultrasound and MRI images provide a very detailed and precise location and size of the tissue or tumor that we need to biopsy, which means that an MRI fusion biopsy may more accurately detect prostate cancer. This biopsy system is the best way to both diagnose and determine the stage of prostate cancer.

For any questions about an MRI fusion biopsy or if you are dealing with any urological issues it’s time to turn to Kasraeian Urology. With three offices throughout Jacksonville, FL, on Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach, and on Max Leggett Parkway, our medical team makes it easier for patients to get the urological care they need.

By Kasraeian Urology
May 14, 2019
Category: Urology
Tags: testicular cancer  

It’s important to be able to pinpoint the early warning signs of testicular cancer.

Did you know that for men ages 15-44, testicular cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer? Testicular cancer cases have continued to testicular cancerincrease over the last 40 years, which is why it’s more important than ever to turn to our urologists, Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology, to receive the education, knowledge, and care that you need to protect your health.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

One of the most common warning signs of testicular cancer is an enlarged testicle or a painful lump on one of the testicles. Even if the lump is small, it’s important that you have it properly examined since early testicular tumors may only be the size of a pear or marble.

Along with swelling or enlargement, you may also notice:

  • Pain or numbness in the testicle or the scrotum
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the groin
  • Breast enlargement or tenderness
  • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
  • Swelling in one or both legs

Many of these symptoms are indicative of other conditions. While it might not be cancer, it’s still important to visit your urology specialist in Jacksonville, FL, if you are dealing with any of the symptoms listed above.

How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

One way to detect testicular cancer is through a simple ultrasound, which allows us to get a more detailed view of the scrotum and testicles. This is a completely painless and non-invasive test where we will glide a small device over the scrotum to produce the images we need to look for cancerous tumors.

Blood tests are sometimes recommended to determine the number of tumor markers in your blood. While this won’t necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer, elevated tumor markers can alert us to the fact that something is going on.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you are experiencing early warning signs of testicular cancer, it’s important that you call Kasraeian Urology with locations on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and on Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville, FL, at (904) 727-7955 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian. Make your health a priority and enjoy the many benefits it will afford you both now and in the future!

By Kasraeian Urology
May 07, 2019
Category: Urology

How can high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment treat prostate cancer?

 

If you've been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer it can be a scary experience. It's important to know that our medical team of prostate canerurologists can provide you with the support and treatment options to manage your prostate cancer. Our Jacksonville, FL, urologists Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology can discuss the different treatment options available to you. In some cases, you may be ideal for a non-surgical treatment option known as high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment, or HIFU.

How does HIFU treatment work?

HIFU treatment uses focal ultrasound technology to target and destroy cancer cells within the prostate. Just as a magnifying glass can be used to reflect light to burn a hole through a piece of paper, HIFU works similarly to target and kill cancer cells.

The outpatient procedure can take up to four hours. HIFU treatment is performed under anesthesia. Once under the effects of anesthesia, we will direct a very small ultrasound device into the rectum. Sound waves emitted from the ultrasound device will help us to see the prostate gland clearly on the screen. These focused ultrasonic waves will penetrate the wall of the rectum to target the cancer cells within the gland.

Is HIFU treatment right for me?

To determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for HIFU treatment, we will need to perform imaging tests and a biopsy of the prostate. The imaging scan will allow our Jacksonville, FL, urology specialists to determine how much the cancer has spread throughout the prostate. A biopsy will also tell us whether or not cancer has spread outside the prostate.

If cancer has spread to other areas outside the prostate then HIFU treatment will not be the best approach to treating your prostate cancer. Patients who are dealing with prostate cancer in the beginning stages may be ideal candidates for HIFU treatment since this treatment targets the whole prostate. If you’ve had prostate cancer in the past and the cancer has returned you may also benefit from this nonsurgical cancer treatment.

Do you want to discuss your prostate cancer treatment options? Do you want to learn more about HIFU treatment and whether it’s right for you? If so, contact Kasraeian Urology with locations on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and on Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville, FL today at (904) 727-7955 to schedule your consultation.

By Kasraeian Urology
October 24, 2018
Category: Urology
Tags: Kasraeian Urology  

Erectile dysfunction is a serious problem which can affect your everyday life in more ways than one. However, with help from your urologist, you can understand erectile dysfunction, receive a solid diagnosis, and learn about your treatment options to help you lead a healthy, happy, and normal life. Find out more about erectile dysfunction with Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology with locations on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and on Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville, FL.

 

What is erectile dysfunction? 
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and keep an erection. Though periodic erectile dysfunction is normally nothing to worry about, it is not normal to experience erectile dysfunction all or most of the time. Erectile dysfunctional often leads to increased stress and other mental issues, making it important to consult with your urologist if you suspect that you have erection problems.

Why do I have erectile dysfunction? 
This condition often stems from stress or mental issues but can be the sign of an underlying condition like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Those who are obese, have certain conditions, use tobacco, or have certain sleep disorders may be more at risk for erectile dysfunction. Certain injuries, psychological conditions, medications, or medical conditions can also put a person at risk for erectile dysfunction.

How can my urologist help erectile dysfunction? 
A physical examination alongside various tests rule out other issues and help diagnose erectile dysfunction. Your doctor may suggest prescription medication to help relax the muscles in the penis and increase its blood flow. Injected medication or testosterone therapy can also help improve the effects of erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction in Jacksonville, FL
Do not let your erectile dysfunction affect your daily and sexual life. For more information on erectile dysfunction or its treatments, please contact Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology with locations on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and on Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville, FL. Call (904) 727-7955 to schedule your appointment at any of the three locations today!



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