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Urinary & Kidney Blog

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is very common—affecting about 14 percent of the US adult population. It’s closely related to diabetes and high blood pressure, and can cause serious complications.

  • Painful Bladder--Could It Be Interstitial Cystitis?

    Interstitial cystitis (I.C.) is a problem with the lining of the bladder and is often called painful bladder syndrome or irritable bladder – and for good reasons, it's painful! I.C. occurs mostly in women, is underdiagnosed and often mistaken for a urinary tract infection.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.

  • Fighting Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life.  It is also often misunderstood.

  • Which Cancer Screenings You Need, and When, and WHY

    Cancer screening recommendations can be confusing for many people--in my 20 years of practicing primary care medicine for adults, thousands of patients have had questions about various cancer screenings. 

    In this article, I’ll focus on breast, prostate, lung, colon and skin cancer screenings.

  • An Urgent Need to Solve Your Annoying Problem – Overactive Bladder

    Do you experience any of the following?

    • Frequent urination
    • A persistent “urgent feeling” to urinate
    • Frequently waking up at night to urinate
    • Involuntary loss of urine
    If so, then you may have a urinary disorder known as Overactive Bladder (OAB).

  • FYI on UTIs

    Dr. Vivien Tucker, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Darmstadt

    In my career I’ve treated thousands of urinary tract infections. They’re very common, can be quite painful, and can cause serious complications if untreated. 

  • Kidney Stones, Part 2

    Dr. Paul Siami, Deaconess Clinic Urologist
    If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know how painful the condition can be.  My previous article talked about the causes and symptoms of kidney stones, as well as the process of sometimes letting a stone “pass.”  This second article focuses on procedures used to treat kidney stones, and how to prevent stones from occurring or reoccurring.

  • Kidney Stones, Part 1

    Dr. Paul Siami, Deaconess Clinic Urologist

    If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know how extraordinary the pain can be. I’ve had female patients who have given birth tell me that having and passing a kidney stone is worse than childbirth—without the reward at the end!

  • Get a Vasectomy, Be Her Hero

    Dr. Paul Siami, Deaconess Clinic Urology​
    Once a couple has decided that their family is complete, or a man simply knows that he doesn’t want future children, vasectomy is an option to consider. Vasectomy is highly effective and is covered by insurance.

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