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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 increase 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!
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 urologists 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.
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!
Find out what might be causing your pelvic pain and what you can do about it.
Maybe you’ve heard about the pelvic floor before but you don’t really know what it is. The pelvic floor is a series of muscles that support the bladder, bowels, and uterus in a woman. Women with pelvic dysfunction may experience chronic pain in this area. You may notice that the muscles may even spasm. You may also experience frequency urination or urinary incontinence or pain during intercourse. If this is something you are going through, our Jacksonville, FL, urologists, Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian or Dr. Ali Kasraeian, are here to help.
Sure, we know that this might not be the easiest conversation to have with a doctor, but it’s one that our Jacksonville urological specialists see often, particularly in women. Experiencing chronic pelvic pain and other problems should not become the norm. While there are a variety of reasons why pelvic pain might be happening it’s important that you turn to us for the answers you need so we can create a treatment plan that works for you.
What causes pelvic floor pain and dysfunction?
There is still a lot about pelvic dysfunction that the medical community is trying to research and discover. Of course, there are certain medical conditions or experiences that can cause weakness within the muscles of the pelvic floor including:
- Nerve damage
- Being obese
- Previous pelvic surgery
How is pelvic dysfunction and pain treated?
There are several ways in which to reduce pain and other issues you might be having as a result of pelvic floor dysfunction. First and foremost, we want to find the most effective way to relax the muscles to prevent spasms and to improve urinary control and bowel movements (and to reduce pain during intercourse, too).
We can teach you a series of Kegel exercises to do that can help to rebuild and restrengthen the pelvic floor muscles. This is a simple an effective option that you can do anytime, anywhere.
Of course, we know that Kegel exercises often aren’t enough to alleviate most women’s pelvic pain. Sometimes a muscle relaxant is prescribed to help reduce the frequency and severity of muscle spasms. Another treatment option is biofeedback, in which sensors are placed on the abdomen and anus, which controls the muscles to make them contract and relax to help the patient understand how to better control these muscles on their own. In more severe cases, surgery is recommended to repair pelvic muscle damage.
Kasraeian Urology offers three convenient locations in Jacksonville, FL, to serve you better. Don’t let pelvic dysfunction and pain affect your quality of life. Call our urological team today to schedule a much-needed appointment with us.
How your urologists in Jacksonville can help you
So why do you need a urologist? Urologists are specialists who diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of the urinary tract. Urinary tract problems are common, so you may need to seek out the services of an expert in the field of Urology. Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian or Dr. Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology want to share some of the reasons why it’s important to have a urologist. They have several convenient office locations in Jacksonville, FL to help you.
People often see a urologist because of signs or symptoms like these:
- Blood in your urine
- Difficult or painful urination
- Leaking urine when you cough or sneeze
- Pain in your abdomen, pelvis, or groin area
- Protruding, fallen bladder
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower back pain or pain on the side of your back
Any of these signs or symptoms could be an indication of something more serious. Urologists treat annoying, painful, or serious medical conditions like these:
- Overactive bladder
- Enlarged prostate
- Erectile dysfunction
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Bladder, kidney, or urinary tract infection
- Kidney, bladder, or prostate cancer
- Sexually transmitted infections and diseases
- Inflammation of the prostate
It’s important to visit your urologist if you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above. Not seeking treatment can result in kidney or bladder damage, prostate cancer, and other serious medical conditions.
When you visit your urologist, he may order lab tests to check your kidney function, blood cell counts, hormone levels, or PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels. He may also recommend medical imaging of your kidneys, prostate, bladder, or other organs.
For more detailed information about urology services for men, please visit the Male Urology page on the Kasraeian Urology website at http://www.kasraeianurology.com/male-urology.html
For more detailed information about urology services for women, please visit the Female Urology page on the Kasraeian Urology website at http://www.kasraeianurology.com/female-urology.html
Having a urologist can help ensure early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious or even fatal urological issues. If you are having urinary tract or prostate issues, don’t delay. Instead, pick up the phone and call Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian at Kasraeian Urology, with offices in Jacksonville, FL. Call today!