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Urology is a surgical specialty dealingÂ with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Urologists at the George Washington University ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ± can help patients experiencing various conditions.
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The prostate,Â a walnut-sized gland surrounding the maleÂ urethra, is responsible for producing the seminal fluid that transports sperm. More than 200,000 cases of prostate cancer are newly diagnosed in the United States each year with approximately 25,000 men dying from it, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The da Vinciâ„¢ Prostatectomy, which isÂ a minimally invasive method of removing the prostate gland, is an option for some men with prostate cancer. The procedure lowersÂ the risk of incontinence and impotence that areÂ common side effects of standard prostate cancer surgery.Â GW ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ± performs more prostate cancer surgeriesÂ using the da Vinci robotÂ than any other hospital in the region.
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Many men over the age of 50 encounter the common problems of an enlarged prostate. The condition can obstruct urine flow, whichÂ leads to difficulty withÂ urination, getting up frequently during the night to urinate, infections or even kidney stones.
Some of the risk factors for bladder cancer include increasing age, smoking or tobacco use, exposure to certain chemicals at work and a family history of bladder cancer. GW ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ± is the firstÂ in Washington, D.C. to offer Blue Light Cystoscopy with CysviewÂ®,Â an optical imaging agent that improves the detection of hard-to-find cancerous bladder tumors.Â
Kidney stones, tiny crystalline masses that separate from the urine,Â are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract.Â In most cases, kidney stones pass out of the body unnoticed, but sometimes they can become too large and lodge in the urinary tract, causing extreme pain.
Genetic conditions, such as von Hippel-Lindau disease, tuberous sclerosis or hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma, as well as long-term dialysis and a high fat diet are risk factors for kidney cancer. Anyone can develop kidney cancer, although it usually affects people over age 50.Â
For many patients, a kidney-sparing approach called robotic partial nephrectomy, is an option. ThisÂ procedure uses theÂ da Vinci Surgical SystemÂ to remove only the cancerous portion of the kidney, preserving as much of the unaffected kidney as possible.
Other Kidney Disorders
Urologists oftenÂ work in conjunction withÂ the Nephrology Services staffÂ toÂ care forÂ patients withÂ chronic kidney disease or an acute kidney injury.Â
Occurring most often in younger men, testicular cancer is usually treatable and curable. Risk factors include undescended testicles, a family history of testicular cancer or Klinefelterâ€™s syndrome.
Pelvic Floor DysfunctionÂ
The GW Pelvic Floor Center offers solutions for those dealing withÂ leakage or loss of bladder control.