Men's Health

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Welcome to Men's Health

If it's time for a little “preventive maintenance” on yourself, or if a health issue has slowed you down or hampered your performance, UTMB Health is here to help. With skilled and compassionate caregivers in all specialties, and convenient locations, we can help you manage any health problem and improve quality of life.

Explore this page to learn more about our services for men in the field of urology, and scroll below to see our full suite of UTMB care and services. Investing in your health today is a very smart move for you and your loved ones. Let us help keep you running at peak performance. 

Men's Urology Care

UTMB Health delivers comprehensive and personalized attention to men with a range of genital and urologic concerns. With urologists that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect men, UTMB Health provides you with an expert care team dedicated to improving your quality of life.

  Conditions We Treat

Conditions

  • Erectile dysfunction

    Overview:

    Also called ED or impotence. Occurs when a man can't get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. It can cause stress, relationship strain, and low self-confidence.

    Symptoms may include:

    • lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
    • the inability to be physically aroused during sexual activity
    • experiencing pain during intercourse

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Can range from counseling and education between partners, medications to increase blood flow to surgical reconstruction to restore function or penile prosthesis implant.

  • Kidney stones

    Overview:

    Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine. They can be painful when passing through the urinary tract, but usually don't cause permanent damage.

    Symptoms may include:

    • pain in the back, belly or side of your body
    • pain or burning when you urinate
    • blood in the urine and an urgent need to urinate
    • can also be accompanied with nausea or vomiting.

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Increased fluid intake, medications or a urologist may need to remove or break up larger stones by non-invasive techniques or surgical procedures.

  • Male infertility

    Overview:

    Male infertility can be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm.

    Symptoms may include:

    • the inability to impregnate a female sexual partner
    • problems with sexual function such as difficulty ejaculation or small amounts of fluid ejaculated
    • pain or swelling in the testicle area

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Surgical options include testicular sperm extractions, varicocele repair, and vasectomy reversal in patients who previously underwent this surgery.

  • Peyronie's disease

    Overview:

    Fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections. Peyronie's disease is caused by repeated penile injury, typically during sex or physical activity.

    Symptoms may include:

    Penises vary in shape and size, and having a curved erection isn't necessarily a cause for concern. In Peyronie's disease, the bend is significant, and may occur along with pain or interfere with sexual function.

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Medications or surgery may be recommended if symptoms persist or worsen.

  • Prostate enlargement

    Overview:

    Also called Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Age-associated prostate gland enlargement that can cause urination difficulty. This type of prostate enlargement isn't thought to be a precursor to prostate cancer.

    Symptoms may include:

    • the urinary stream may be weak or stop and start
    • a sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder
    • excessive urination at night
    • in some cases, it can lead to infection, bladder stones, and reduced kidney function

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Include medications or surgery, typically minimally invasive surgery.

  • Urinary dysfunction

    Overview:

    Loss of bladder control, varying from a slight loss of urine after sneezing, coughing, or laughing to complete inability to control urination.

    Symptoms may include:

    • frequent urge to urinate (more than 8 times a day)
    • pain or burning while urinating
    • cloudy, dark or bloody urine
    • foul smelling urine

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Some treatments include behavioral therapy, drug therapy, exercises and surgical options.

  • Urologic cancers

    Overview:

    Urologic cancers are growths of abnormal cells that form in the organs of the urinary tract in both men and women, and in the testicles, prostate and penis.

    Symptoms may include, but vary depending on the type of cancer:

    • issues with urination
    • issues with sexual function
    • pelvic and back pain
    • symptoms don’t occur until the cancer has become more advanced

    Treatment/Procedure Options:

    Depending on the grade and stage of the cancerous tumor, treatments can include active surveillance and lifestyle changes, surgical procedures, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

  • Vasectomy

    Overview:

    Vasectomy is a form of male birth control that cuts the supply of sperm to your semen. It's done by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. Vasectomy has a low risk of problems and can usually be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia.

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In the Health Blog

Cleora Rodriguez, family and caregivers at UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus in early November

Angleton Danbury celebrates patient's recovery

Cleora Rodriguez, 46, left the UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus in early November after spending more than 90 days hospitalized with COVID-19.

He was critically ill with COVID-19 when he was admitted in August. During the fall months, health care providers started calling him “our patient.”

When Rodriguez was discharged, the UTMB staff celebrated his success story. They brought signs, cards, bells and balloons, and shouted good-bye as his car drove away.

“He is our COVID story,” said Sherry Marques, nurse manager of the acute care unit and the medical and surgical units at the Angleton Danbury Campus.

His son Jesus was with him on the day he was discharged, Nov. 2. It was also Jesus’ 21st birthday.

Jesus couldn’t think of a better birthday present, he told health care workers who gathered to celebrate Rodriguez’s trip home.

“Mr. Rodriguez and his family touched us so much throughout the journey to recovery that he is definitely considered family,” said Meisha Wilson, rehabilitation manager. “We treat everyone as if they are our loved ones in our care and want to always provide quality care. It was amazing to see how he improved every time we worked with him. He was determined and in turn, that gave us all the hope and determination to get him home as well.”

When his doctor said he could go home, she felt proud and happy, Wilson said.

“He is our walking miracle, our milagro caminando,” she said.

Cleora Rodriguez, family and caregivers at UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus in early November

Angleton Danbury celebrates patient's recovery

Cleora Rodriguez, 46, left the UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus in early November after spending more than 90 days hospitalized with COVID-19.

He was critically ill with COVID-19 when he was admitted in August. During the fall months, health care providers started calling him “our patient.”

When Rodriguez was discharged, the UTMB staff celebrated his success story. They brought signs, cards, bells and balloons, and shouted good-bye as his car drove away.

“He is our COVID story,” said Sherry Marques, nurse manager of the acute care unit and the medical and surgical units at the Angleton Danbury Campus.

His son Jesus was with him on the day he was discharged, Nov. 2. It was also Jesus’ 21st birthday.

Jesus couldn’t think of a better birthday present, he told health care workers who gathered to celebrate Rodriguez’s trip home.

“Mr. Rodriguez and his family touched us so much throughout the journey to recovery that he is definitely considered family,” said Meisha Wilson, rehabilitation manager. “We treat everyone as if they are our loved ones in our care and want to always provide quality care. It was amazing to see how he improved every time we worked with him. He was determined and in turn, that gave us all the hope and determination to get him home as well.”

When his doctor said he could go home, she felt proud and happy, Wilson said.

“He is our walking miracle, our milagro caminando,” she said.

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