Men’s health

Introduction

Urology refers to the sub-speciality of medicine which includes conditions than can affect your kidneys, bladder, prostate, penis and testicles.

Our specialist Urology consultants are at hand to discuss any concerns ranging from bothersome urinary symptoms, blood in the urine, to swellings of the scrotum and everything in between. They will make a full assessment, suggest the most up to date evidence-based diagnostics to diagnose your condition, and recommend treatments based on your needs. 

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Reasons to see a urologist

Prostate health

Your prostate is a small gland that generates fluid which mixes with sperm to create semen. Prostate problems are common, especially in men aged over 50. Your prostate can become enlarged or swollen due to problems such as prostate enlargement, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) or prostate cancer. These symptoms do not always mean you have prostate cancer. Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older because of a non-cancerous condition called benign prostate enlargement.  When the prostate is enlarged, it can press on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis) causing problems such as: 

  • Difficulty starting to urinate (hesitancy) or emptying your bladder 
  • A weak flow when you urinate 
  • A feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly 
  • Dribbling urine after you finish urinating 
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night 
  • A sudden need to urinate 
  • Blood in your urine or semen. 

There are several ways to approach this from conservative measures such as dietary advice to tablets through to surgery. Our surgeons will explore the options with you, having undertaken appropriate investigations such as questionnaires and a urinary flow rate (pass urine into a funnel shaped urinal or toilet) that measures the speed and amount of urine passed.  

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year across the UK. 

If you are aged over 50 (or aged 45 and over with risk factors – family history or being a black man) you can choose to have a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, which may indicate prostate issues. If you have a raised PSA level, you may be referred for an MRI scan of your prostate. If the scan shows an area of concern, it can be targeted later via a prostate biopsy. 

A prostate biopsy is a medical procedure that involves taking a small sample of prostate tissue so it can be examined under a microscope to check for issues. This can be done under a local or general anaesthetic. Our consultants offer the most up to date techniques, and technology to ensure the diagnostic tests are as accurate as possible. 

Some men complain of pain in their pelvis which is difficult to manage. This could be related to the prostate or other parts of the urinary tract. In these situations, understanding more about the discomfort and the priorities of the men who are affected by this is key. An appropriate management plan can then be implemented after undertaking necessary investigations. 

Bladder health

Bladder problems can affect men and women of all age groups. Symptoms of bladder problems differ according to the underlying cause. Urinary tract infections for example often result in a burning sensation when passing urine. Other symptoms such as frequent urination, urgency, urinary leakage and a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying can also be signs of an underlying bladder problem (as well as with prostate conditions). Blood in the urine (Haematuria) might be visible or detected by a urine test. Although most cases of haematuria are not serious, it can be a sign of underlying bladder cancer. It is therefore very important not to ignore it.  

 Assessment of the bladder will often include a consultation with a doctor or other healthcare professionals followed by some tests depending on the most likely cause. These tests will start with a simple urine analysis or dipstick. A bladder diary (a chart that the patient completes documenting the fluid consumed and amount of urine passed) is a simple but valuable exercise that may help uncover the problem. Some patients might be asked to do a urinary flow test. Other more invasive tests such as endoscopic inspection of the bladder (Cystoscopy) might be required in some patients especially those who have blood in the urine. 

Penis and testicular health

A tight foreskin (the skin covering the tip of the penis) can cause significant bother including difficulties with erections and infections.  A circumcision is an operation to remove the foreskin to help relieve the discomfort and prevent any future problems.  

An abnormally short penile frenulum, the short elastic band of tissue under the penis that connects to the foreskin, can make sexual activity painful.   

Swellings within the scrotum are not uncommon and regular self-examination is recommended. If there are any concerns such as an irregular feeling or painful testicle or swelling of the scrotum then medical advice should be sought. Usually, reassurance can be obtained through clinical examination and an ultrasound scan (using jelly) of the scrotum and testicles. 

Male contraception

A vasectomy is a permanent method of male contraception. It involves cutting the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles which then mixes with fluid from the prostate.  

Common men’s health procedures

Penile Frenuloplasty 

A Penile Frenuloplasty is a quick and effective surgical treatment to lengthen a short penile frenulum.  

Male contraception (vasectomy and vasectomy reversal)

A vasectomy is a permanent method of male contraception. It involves cutting the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles which then mixes with fluid from the prostate. 

Our expert surgeons can carry out no-scalpel vasectomies under local anaesthetic which limits discomfort after the procedure. 

Available procedures

No procedures available

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Our consultants

Mr Hussain Alnajjar
Mr Hussain Alnajjar
Consultant Urological Surgeon & Andrologist
BSc (MedSci), MBBS, MRCS, ChM (Urol), FEBU, FRCS (Urol)
Mr Omar Al Kadhi
Mr Omar Al Kadhi
Consultant Urological Surgeon
MBChB, PhD, FRCS (Urol)
Mr Utsav D Reddy
Mr Utsav D Reddy
Consultant Urological Surgeon
BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCS, PGCertHCL, FRCS (Urol), MBA

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