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The Big 3 of Men’s Urologic Health

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Urology Services | Posted on 08-09-2015

Man-Speaking-With-DoctorYou’ve likely never heard of it, but chances are, you know someone suffering from it.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a medical condition that affects 50 percent of men 50 years and older. It’s embarrassing, uncomfortable and not something you talk about at the dinner table. It’s also one of the “Big 3”—the three most common urinary issues men face as they age, and unfortunately, usually keep to themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoid Summertime Kidney Stones

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Urology Services | Posted on 17-06-2014

Female-Athlete-with-Kidney-PainSummer is a time of baseball, vacations, picnics, fireworks…and kidney stones. We bet that one doesn’t appear on anyone’s list of summer to-dos.

According to Tia Rapps, RN, urology nurse navigator at Memorial Medical Center, the reason summer is a risky time for kidney stones is the increased possibility of dehydration. Loss of fluid from sweating results in less urine production in the kidney. If urine becomes concentrated due to excessive sweating or not drinking enough fluid, this increases the chances that the minerals in the urine could stick together and form a stone rather than be flushed out of the kidney. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top Five Myths about Urology

Posted by | Posted in Urology Services | Posted on 27-02-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Kidney Cancer 961 x 300In the world of medicine and health, the line between fact and fiction can be blurry and hard to read. Thanks to the prevalence of online communities, with many trusting their health to “Dr. Google,” it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.

It’s especially tempting to turn to the internet when faced with more private conditions, such as urological problems. But it’s just as important to seek professional help for these conditions as it is for any other. Read the rest of this entry »

Embarrassed to Discuss Incontinence with Your Doctor?

Posted by | Posted in Urology Services, Women | Posted on 26-09-2013

Woman Talking to Dr.Many women who suffer from incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine, find it embarrassing to discuss with their physicians. Yet being open with their doctors can put them on the path to finding a solution.

“Incontinence can vary between very mild to incapacitating,” says James Gildner, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Women’s Healthcare. “Not only is it frustrating, it can be socially embarrassing or even debilitating.”

Up to 30 million women in the United States have experienced bladder leakage issues, according to the National Association for Continence. About one in four new moms experience leaking after normal delivery, and about one in six after a Cesarean section. Read the rest of this entry »

Yolanda’s Story of Kidney Removal Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Urology Services | Posted on 28-08-2013

The first day of the year didn’t start out well for Yolanda Marucco.

While most of us are thinking about how long we’ll be able to keep our resolutions, Yolanda was at her mother’s house in Taylorville when a sudden pain seized her right side.

288-13-01 CropThe 66-year-old Taylorville woman was certain that she was having a gallstone attack, but “since there was so much pain, I wanted to be sure that was the problem,” she said.

She went to the Emergency Department at Taylorville Memorial Hospital that night. She was suffering from gallstones, but the staff wanted to be certain that nothing else was going on. As it turned out, she had an 8.5-centimeter mass on her left kidney.

She was referred to William Severino, MD, a Springfield Clinic urologist, who discussed her treatment options with her. He recommended a laparoscopic nephrectomy and referred her to his colleague, David Lieber, MD, who specializes in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. In other words, her left kidney would need to be removed. Read the rest of this entry »