Urologic specialists in Thornton
At North Suburban Medical Center in north Denver, our board-certified and subspecialty trained kidney, bladder and urinary specialists provide comprehensive care for a wide range of conditions.
For more information about our urologic care services, please call (303) 920-4362
Our urologists (male and female urinary tract and male reproductive system specialists), gynecologists (female reproductive system specialists) and nephrologists (kidney disease, kidney transplantation and dialysis specialists) focus on diagnosing and treating the following conditions:
- Anemia management
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Erectile dysfunction
- Female and male incontinence
- Female pelvic problems
- Kidney stone disease
- Low testosterone/Low T
- Prostate cancer
Male and female incontinence
Incontinence, or the accidental release of urine, affects approximately 13 million Americans. There are several types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence is typically triggered by a cough or sneeze.
- Urge incontinence (overactive bladder) occurs when there is a sudden urge to urinate followed by loss of control.
- Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder will not empty.
- Functional incontinence defines a situation in which function is normal, but a toilet can't be reached in time.
Lifestyle changes or medication are often the first treatments recommended. These often include bladder training, therapies, such as Kegel exercises, or medication.
If you and your physician decide these approaches are not working for you, you may decide to have surgery. Surgical options include placement of sutures to offer support and relieve pressure on the urethra; mesh to help support the urethra; or a collagen injection into the wall of the urethra.
A testosterone deficiency, also called low T, is a condition in which a man has less than average levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone. A result of low testosterone is a reduced sex drive (libido) and/or erectile dysfunction (male impotence). Hormone replacement therapy through a variety of applications is the treatment for low testosterone.
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Hot flashes and sweating
- Reduced sex drive
- Depression, moodiness or irritability
- Fertility issues
- Body hair reduction
- Weight increase/increased body fat
- Fatigue/excessive tiredness
Low T is not the only cause of erectile dysfunction (ED). The most common cause is reduced blood flow to the penis caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol or hardening of the arteries.
Hormone replacement therapy does not always cure ED. Further treatments for ED may include lifestyle changes, changes in current medications, psychotherapy, medications, vacuum devices and/or surgery.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute offers coordinated, comprehensive cancer care for the treatment of urologic cancers, including bladder and prostate cancers.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, with one in every 10 men developing it during his lifetime.
Often, prostate cancer does not reveal symptoms during its earliest and most treatable stage, which is why screening exams (digital rectal exams and PSA tests) are so crucial. Late-symptom stages include:
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Leaking or "dribbling" urine
- Difficulty in starting urination
- Inability to empty the bladder
- Lower back pain or pelvic bone pain (may indicate that cancer has spread)
Urogynecology combines urologic care and gynecologic care for women. Our board-certified gynecologists and urologists diagnose and treat the following female conditions:
- Cervical dysplasia
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Endometrial polyps
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pelvic reconstruction
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Postmenopausal bleeding
- Urinary incontinence
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine/pelvic prolapse
- Vaginal prolapse
Our specialists are able to treat many of these conditions with robotic surgery, which offers less scarring, a quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay for patients.