What is PSA? Should I see a Urologist? Do I need a prostate biopsy?

PSA, or Prostate Specific Antigen, is a protein made by the prostate. A PSA test is a blood test that simply measures the level of PSA protein in the blood. PSA levels rise for many reasons Age Prostate size Prostate infection or inflammation (prostatitis) Sometimes ejaculation Bike riding Viral illnesses (significant cold and flu with.. read more →

What’s the Best Treatment for the Enlarged Prostate?

This is a question that I am frequently asked by my patients, friends and fellow gym members. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or the enlarged prostate is a common problem that affects the aging male starting at about 45-50 years of age. The enlarging prostate narrows the urethra and causes slow and difficult urination. It can.. read more →

QME in Urology – My Personal Experience

  The California Workers’ Compensation (WC) system was initially established in 1911, as a voluntary plan by California employers to care for employees injured on the job. The California legislature passed the Boynton Act in 1913 requiring most employers to have WC coverage. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Safety Act replaced the Boynton Act in.. read more →

The Rise and Fall of the Mesh

I recently attended the 13th Annual Female Urology and Urogynecology Symposium (FUUS) that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 12 to 14, 2014. All subjects pertaining to female urological and pelvic floor disorders were discussed by leading authorities in those fields. A lot of time was spent discussing  the subject of the use.. read more →

PSA – What is it?

What is the PSA test? Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The blood level of PSA is often elevated in men with prostate cancer. In addition to prostate cancer, a number of benign (not cancerous) conditions can cause a man’s PSA level to rise. The most frequent.. read more →

Blood in the urine

Blood in the urine is referred to as “hematuria.”  If you can’t see it, it is called “microscopic hematuria.”  If it is visible, it is called “gross hematuria” (not because it is “gross”, but because that is the medical term for obvious or visible without tests or a microscope). The American Urologic Association believes that.. read more →