Bedford Regional Urology
Bedford Regional Urology provides advanced urinary tract care. We offer effective treatment for many conditions including infections, incontinence, and other issues affecting the urinary tract. After thorough testing, evaluation, and diagnosis, our skilled clinical team develops a treatment plan designed to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual.
About the Urinary Tract
The urinary tract is the drainage system, which removes excess fluid and waste from the body. It consists of the upper urinary tract (2 kidneys and 2 ureters) and the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra).
Urinary Tract Conditions We Treat
Blood In Urine (Hematuria) – Visible blood in the urine can be a symptom of a harmless condition or may indicate a more serious disorder. Causes of blood in the urine may include infections, benign or malignant tumors, kidney or bladder stones, and kidney disease. Because blood in the urine may only occur once yet indicate the presence of a serious health issue, any occurrence of blood in the urine should be investigated as soon as possible.
Cloudy Urine – Normal urine is typically a transparent, clear pale-yellow color. Urine that shows signs of turbidity, or is dark, milky, foamy, or includes visible particulate/sediment matter, is often referred to as cloudy urine. Its presence may indicate anything from dehydration to infection, diabetes, kidney stones, kidney failure, and many other conditions.
Microhematuria (Microscopic Hematuria) – This condition refers to blood in the urine that is visible only under the microscope. Its presence may be harmless, as it is normal for urine to include a tiny amount of blood, or may indicate the existence of a serious urological condition. In any case, the reason for its presence should be determined.
Frequent Urination / Overactive Bladder (OAB) / Urge Incontinence – This symptom makes itself felt by a sudden and frequent intense urge to urinate throughout the day and night. In many cases, this feeling may be followed by unintentional urine leakage (incontinence). OAB may be caused by a wide range of issues including nerve damage, weakened pelvic floor muscles, being overweight, medications, alcohol, caffeine, and infections.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – An infection of this type may occur in any part of the urinary tract, although the most common location includes the lower urinary tract (the urethra and bladder). UTIs can be caused by infiltration of the urinary tract by any microbe, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Symptoms of a UTI may include an unbearably strong and persistent need to urinate, accompanied by a burning sensation during urination. Typically, a small amount of urine will be passed at each sitting. Although UTIs of the lower urinary tract may eventually clear on their own, the infection can easily spread to the ureters and kidneys of the upper urinary tract and then to the blood – a potentially life-threatening condition.
Urinary Incontinence – The involuntary loss of bladder control includes stress incontinence (due to physical movement), urge incontinence (desire to urinate despite an empty bladder), overflow incontinence (often due to overfilled or spasming bladder), functional incontinence (due to illness/disability), and reflex incontinence (caused by bladder contraction as a result of nerve damage). More than one type of incontinence may be present.
Urethritis – An inflamed urethra (the tube that discharges urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is often accompanied by painful urination. In most cases, urethritis is caused by infection or physical irritation/injury.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Conditions
Bedford Regional Urology offers a wide variety of testing and diagnostic procedures to aid in the diagnosis of a many urinary tract and urologic conditions. We provide a full range of therapeutic care and treatment options for patients at our locations in Everett and Altoona, PA. Contact your nearest Bedford Regional Urology location to schedule an appointment.