COMMON PROCEDURES

 Vasectomy

A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. A vasectomy prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates.

During a vasectomy, the vas deferens from each testicle is clamped, cut, or otherwise sealed. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. An egg cannot be fertilized when there are no sperm in the semen. The testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm are reabsorbed by the body. (This also happens to sperm that are not ejaculated after a while, regardless of whether you have had a vasectomy.) Because the tubes are blocked before the seminal vesicles and prostate , you still ejaculate about the same amount of fluid.

 

It usually takes several months after a vasectomy for all remaining sperm to be ejaculated or reabsorbed. You must use another method of birth control until you have a semen sample tested and it shows a zero sperm count. Otherwise, you can still get your partner pregnant.

Lithotripsy (kidney stones)

Lithotripsy is a procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter (tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder). After the procedure, the tiny pieces of stones pass out of your body in your urine.

 

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most common type of lithotripsy. "Extracorporeal" means outside the body.

 

To get ready for the procedure, you will put on a hospital gown and lie on an exam table on top of a soft, water-filled cushion.

 

When you have the procedure, you may be given general anesthesia for the procedure. You will be asleep and pain-free.

 

High-energy shock waves, also called sound waves, will pass through your body until they hit the kidney stones. If you are awake, You may feel a tapping feeling when this starts. The waves break the stones into tiny pieces.

 

The lithotripsy procedure should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

A tube may be placed through your bladder or back into your kidney. This tube will drain urine from your kidney until all the small pieces of stone pass out of your body. This may be done before or after your lithotripsy treatment.

Greenlight Laser TURP

Laser prostate surgery is a treatment using high powered laser energy to remove or enucleate obstructive prostatic tissue or vaporise tissue with the aim of leaving a wide channel and restoring normal urinary function. Under anaesthesia a small flexible fibre-optic is inserted into the urethra. Light pulses are then sent through this fibre, to cut away the obstructing prostatic tissue which is removed from the bladder with a morcellator.  There is minimal bleeding or pain after the procedure.

The procedure takes around 60-90 minutes and is performed under general or spinal anaesthesia. You may be allowed to return home on the same day, but sometimes an overnight stay will be required. You can generally be discharged once you are emptying your bladder satisfactorily.

 

 

 

Bladder Botox

BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected into the bladder muscle and used:

  • To treat overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leakage or wetting accidents, going too often, and the strong, sudden need to go in adults 18 years and older when another type of medication (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken

  • To treat leakage of urine (incontinence) in adults 18 years and older with overactive bladder caused by a neurologic disease who still have leakage or cannot tolerate the side effects after trying an anticholinergic medication

Aquablation of Prostate

Aquablation is safe and effective for treating lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with large prostates.

The procedure, which involves the use of high-pressure waterjets to resect tissue, was associated with significant improvements in symptoms, peak flow rate (Qmax), and post-void residual volume.

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and is typically complete in one hour.  Most patients will be discharged from the hospital in one day.

HAVING SURGERY?

SURGERY
 

We understand that having surgery can create a lot of stress.  Our goal is to help each patient and their loved ones fully comprehend why they need surgery, what is going to happen in the operating room, and what to expect during recovery.  Our Registered Nurse is always available to answer your questions if Dr. King is not available.

 

 

Why can't I

just get some

antibiotics?

Facts About 

Antibiotic Resistance

 

According to the CDC: 

 

  • Antibiotic resistance does not mean the body is becoming resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them.

  • Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health.

  • Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant ones may be left to grow and multiply.

  • Overuse of antibiotics is a major cause of increases in drug-resistant bacteria.

  • Overuse and misuse of antibiotics threatens the usefulness of these important drugs. Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is a key strategy to control antibiotic resistance.

  • Antibiotic resistance in children and older adults is of particular concern because these age groups have the highest rates of antibiotic use.

  • Antibiotic resistance can cause significant suffering for people who have common infections that once were easily treatable with antibiotics.

  • When antibiotics do not work, infections often last longer, cause more severe illness, require more doctor visits or longer hospital stays, and involve more expensive and toxic medications. Some resistant infections can even cause death.

How should I use antibiotics to protect myself and my community from antibiotic resistance?

  • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.

  • Never pressure your healthcare professional to prescribe an antibiotic.

  • Never save antibiotics for the next time you get sick.

  • Never take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.

Test your knowledge about antibiotics:

https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/about/quiz.html

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911
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