Men – it is time to give your health as much importance as your career
As men reach their 40s, there are growing responsibilities on them. Be it their careers, balancing family life, staying fit and active, or holding on to those hair. What men usually do not realize is that every aspect of their lifestyle can have an effect on their health, and at times, adverse effects too. Some of the effects may be related to your prostate, urinary issues and sexual health (about 1 in 10 men in his 40s-50s suffer from erectile dysfunction and declining libido).
To stay in charge of your responsibilities, and to remain on top of things, it is advisable to visit a urologist every now and then. Even if just for a simple routine check-up.
However, the visit becomes even more important if you have certain pains or problems that are not usual in nature. The world has been talking a lot about women’s health. Men form the other half of the universe, and they should also be empowered to take care of their health.
Experts say that a single prostate-specific antigen (PSA) determination in your 40s can predict your lifetime risk of prostate cancer. Men should go for a baseline PSA test once they hit the 40s.
If your PSA is .7 or below, you may only need screening every five years. While your lifetime risk of prostate cancer is only around 10% or less. However, if you are at a higher risk score of 1 or above, it may help you to undergo screenings more frequently. Once you hit 60 and your score is below 1 or 2, it is again likely that you can spread out your screenings.
Doctors opine that cancer screenings have proved lifesavers for many men to remain protected. While in case of an incident, they help in early interventions and better treatment outcomes too.
Vasectomy creates a blockage in the vas deferens so that sperms can no longer become a part of the semen liquid. This is a procedure for men as a birth control measure. Much earlier, it used to be mainly the women opting for birth control measures. Vasectomy provides men with the same kind of choice.
There are two types of vasectomies: standard and keyhole procedures. The latter is relatively a newer concept and the good news is that surgeons at HealthBay are experienced in performing it. Benefits of this surgery include positive post-operative psychological status, nominal post-operative pain, few post-procedure complications, quick recovery times (40-50% faster), quick resumption of having intercourse and being extremely effective (99.85% to 99.9%).
Break the taboo
Issues related to men’s health have been a taboo in our society. As a result, many men face problems silently, until it is too late. It is high time we open up our minds and embrace health as a wholesome feature of our life.
A Specialty Centre providing comprehensive electrical stimulation therapies
The Urology and Neurourology Department at HealthBay Polyclinic treats problems of the bladder, prostate, kidneys, and reproductive organs in men. The latter may include problems with erections, ejaculation, and infertility.
Particular attention is given to the functional aspects of urology, like urinary dysfunctions (leak of urine, difficulty to pass urine) and chronic pelvic pain (pain in the genital and anal area). Functional conditions related to any neurological disease affecting the urinary system are also treated.
The department also stands out as a specialty center in the United Arab Emirates that treats patients with electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, using electrical neuromodulation, neurophysiology, and pulsed radio frequency. These minimally invasive procedures allow for less pain, reduced use of pain medication, and much faster recovery.
Highlights of HealthBay Urology Department
Treatment of pudendal neuralgia
Neuralgia is defined as the severe, sharp pain along the course of a nerve. When the pain involves the sensory distribution course of the pudendal nerve, the term ‘PN’ is used. In men, the pain is located in the pelvic region and is often associated with urinary symptoms and sexual issues.
Pain many times worsens while sitting and usually increases gradually during the day and at night. Many patients experience pain at bedtime and may have difficulty going to sleep.
There are various treatments available for this condition. Some of them are: lifestyle modifications, pain killers, physiotherapy, decompression surgery, nerve stimulation, pudendal nerve block/pulsed radiofrequency procedures. All of these and more options are available at HealthBay Polyclinic. Our doctors can help identify your condition and suggest the best treatment for you.
Relieving chronic pelvic pain
This type of pain is often said to be intermittent or continuous pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or intrapelvic structures. If you have such a pain that has lasted at least 3-6 months, it may be chronic pain and it would be wise to visit a urologist. The pain can be a burning or prickling sensation, and may extend as far as the groin, inner leg, buttocks, and even abdomen.
The pain and paraesthesia may be perceived in only one of these areas, in several, or in all of them. It often starts in one place, then progresses and usually is unilateral. However, these symptoms may be bilateral or more distinct on one side than the other.
Almost 90% of the people are misdiagnosed for the urology conditions that they have, and end up with chronic pains. It is thus of essence to visit a hospital with the most experienced doctors available.
Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)
Interstitial cystitis is the occurrence of persistent/recurrent pain in the urinary bladder. The term is mostly used for patients with typical cystoscopic features. It is usually accompanied by at least one other symptom. There is usually no obvious infection or any other specific issue. The condition is mostly connected with negative cognitive, behavioural, sexual or emotional consequences, and symptoms suggestive of the lower urinary tract and sexual dysfunction.
Due to late treatment-seeking, the average age at the time of diagnosis is around 40 years. However, HealthBay is here for you, with an excellent team of doctors, who can execute a wide range of treatments for interstitial cystitis.
HealthBay Urology Department caters to:
- Issues of the bladder, prostate, kidneys, and reproductive organs in men
- Problems with erections, ejaculation, and infertility
- Urinary dysfunctions
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Neurological diseases
- Prostate cancer
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Interstitial cystitis