Top Kidney Cancer Questions Answered

May 26, 2014

What are the most common symptoms of kidney cancer? Kidney cancer does not typically present with symptoms unless it is in a later or more advanced stage. At this time, usual symptoms include back pain (unilateral), abdominal pain, and/or blood in the urine. How is kidney cancer diagnosed? Many kidney tumors are diagnosed incidentally on imaging, meaning it was caught on an imaging study when trying to diagnose another problem…. Read more

Top 6 Causes of Kidney Stones

May 21, 2014

Kidney stones are common, particularly in the Central Texas area, where high heat can lead to dehydration, which increases the likelihood of stone formation. 1. Low water intake or decreased hydration 2. High caffeine intake such as coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks (>2-3 beverages per day) 3. Obesity 5. Poor diet 4. Family history 5. High intake of oxalate rich foods (spinach, nuts, tea, etc.) 6. Certain medications may cause… Read more

When does erectile dysfunction usually start?

May 20, 2014

While erectile dysfunction can affect men of any age, it is more common in men over the age of 40. This can be due to a variety of factors including decreased testosterone and/or medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. These conditions affect the blood vessels, amount of blood flow, and nerves of the penile tissue. All of the above functions are necessary for a… Read more

When does prostate cancer become life threatening?

May 18, 2014

Prostate cancer becomes life threatening when it has metastasized or spread into the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs. Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease; however once it has spread to other areas of the body it is considered aggressive and difficult to treat. Usually when any type of cancer spreads throughout the body, it is life-threatening. When it comes to prostate cancer, the treatment… Read more

What if a vasectomy reversal fails?

May 17, 2014

Vasectomy reversals have a higher failure rate the longer you wait after your vasectomy. If you wait 5 years or more after your vasectomy to have a reversal, there will a lower success rate. If a reversal fails, and you still want to have children, sperm may be extracted from the testicle itself. We use advanced robotic technology to reverse the vasectomies of Austin area residents. If you live in… Read more

Why does testosterone decrease?

May 15, 2014

Testosterone can decrease with age. Natural testosterone can also decrease if you have used testosterone supplements or steroids in the past. Some men may have deficiencies in the hormones secreted by the pituitary gland called FSH and LH; these hormones signal your testicles to make more testosterone. There is also a rare brain tumor (non-cancerous) that can cause low testosterone. If you live in the Austin area, including Round Rock, San… Read more

How does testosterone work?

May 13, 2014

Testosterone is essential for many bodily functions. It is a steroid sex hormone, which is mostly produced by the testicles that get signals from the pituitary gland in the brain. While the majority is made in the testicles, about 5% is made by the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidney. Testosterone is responsible for energy levels, sex drive (libido), erectile function, muscle integrity, and mood among many… Read more

Kidney Stones in the Summertime

May 2, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when Central Texas’ mild spring gives way to the heat of summer. Along with swimming, ice cream and sunshine, summer in Central Texas also means kidney stone season. Because of our heat, which leads to increased sweat and dehydration, along with increased levels of minerals in our water, our region is part of what’s know as the “stone belt.” And when summer comes, those… Read more