Prostate diseases affect about 3 million men in the United States, and your risk of developing them increases as you age, making regular checkups with a doctor you can trust all the more critical. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, is one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida. Don't ignore your prostate health. Go to a specialist you can trust at Bluewater Urology Associates. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. In addition to producing seminal fluid, the prostate helps control the flow of urine and forces semen out of the body.
The prostate is located below the bladder in front of your rectum and wraps around your urethra.
In young men, this small gland is approximately the size of a walnut. As you age, however, the prostate can grow in size, leading to potential problems.
Dr. Kenneson and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates specialize in diagnosing and treating several prostate diseases, including:
When you reach age 40, your prostate often begins to grow, leading to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The pressure that the enlarged prostate puts on the urethra leads to difficulty urinating, increased frequency or an urgent need to urinate, or a weak urinary stream. Men with BPH often get up several times at night to urinate.
BPH is the most common disease of the prostate and affects more than half of men over age 65, and nearly 90% of men over 85.
Prostatitis, or prostate infection, occurs when the prostate becomes inflamed. More common in men under 50, this inflammation is typically due to bacterial infection, though sometimes there is no apparent cause. Prostatitis can cause burning and extreme pain.
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer, and your risk increases as you age. This type of cancer is very treatable when caught early, so regular prostate cancer screenings should begin at age 50.
Regular health screenings are an important step to identifying prostate disease and potential risks in order to make an early diagnosis.
For prostate health, Dr. Kenneson and her team recommend prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS), or digital rectal exams. For most men, these screenings can begin at age 50. If you have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, regular screenings might start as early as age 40.
Effective treatment of prostate diseases depends on their type and severity. In some cases, medication or hormone therapies might be part of your therapy plan. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Kenneson and her team provide the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures available. These are performed using techniques with minor incisions, so you experience less pain and faster recovery times.
Dr. Kenneson is the only urologist in the area performing minimally invasive robotic surgery with da Vinci®, the world’s most advanced surgical robot. Using this approach, Dr. Kenneson can perform complex procedures to remove tumors or signs of prostate cancer with miniaturized instruments, three robotic arms, and a high-definition camera.
To learn more about prostate diseases, call or schedule an appointment online today.