Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides comprehensive urology services in Queens, New York. Urology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Urologists treat diseases of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. They also treat conditions that affect the prostate, testes, scrotum, and penis.
The division of urology at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides treatment for a wide range of common to complex urological conditions. Our team of experienced, board-certified New York urology specialists provides expert care in a compassionate manner. Many conditions are treated using the latest surgical and non-surgical interventions available. Rest assured that our urologists in Queens, New York are highly-skilled experts.
Our expert team of New York urology specialists offers surgical procedures and other treatment approaches for a variety of urological conditions, such as kidney stones, urinary incontinence, and bladder cancer, which can affect both men and women. Without prompt, effective treatment, many of these conditions can become more serious health issues, causing fatal complications in some cases.
Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys when your urine contains a high volume of minerals and salts. They can become larger in size over time and travel through the ureter, which connects the kidneys to the bladder. If a kidney stone becomes lodged in the ureter, it can block the flow of urine, causing pain. The most common symptoms of kidney stones are pain in the side of the abdomen and nausea.
Urinary incontinence refers to an uncontrollable leakage of urine. This can mean a slight leakage while sneezing, coughing, or laughing, or can mean a complete inability to stop yourself from urinating. Urinary incontinence can occur for a variety of reasons, such as an infection, diabetes, or pregnancy, but it can also happen due to consumption of diuretics, such as alcoholic beverages or coffee. It is also often a symptom of an overactive bladder (OAB), a condition involving a loss of control over the muscles of the bladder.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. Symptoms of this type of infection may vary depending on which parts of the urinary tract are affected, but they may also not cause any symptoms at all in certain cases. They typically occur due to bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra.
Bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder grow uncontrollably, causing tumors to develop. Symptoms typically include painful and/or frequent urination, bloody urine, and back pain. The most common type of bladder cancer is urothelial carcinoma (in which the cancer develops in the urothelial cells lining the bladder). Other types of cancer that can develop in the bladder include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, small cell carcinoma, and sarcoma.
Overactive Bladder (OAB)
A person with an overactive bladder can no longer hold in urine normally due to involuntary action of the muscles of the bladder, causing sudden, intense urges to urinate. This can occur due to diuretics or medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or an enlarged prostate. Urinary incontinence is often a symptom of this condition.
Kidney cancer occurs when cells in the kidneys multiply uncontrollably, causing the growth of tumors. Symptoms of kidney cancer often include persistent pain in the back or side, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and fever, as well as bloody urine that appears pink, red, or similar to soda. The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma, but other types include clear cell renal carcinoma, non-clear renal cell carcinoma, urothelial carcinoma, Wilms tumors, and renal sarcoma.
Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition in which the bladder wall becomes inflamed. This can cause the bladder to become scarred and stiff, and can negatively impact its ability to hold in urine. Symptoms often include pain or pressure in the bladder or pelvis as well as a frequent urge to urinate. This condition is often mistaken for a urinary tract infection; however, in the case of interstitial cystitis, no infection is present.
Male urological conditions primarily affect the bladder, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Some of these conditions, such as erectile dysfunction and testosterone deficiency, may cause clear symptoms that are disruptive to sexual activity; others, however, such as prostate cancer, may present less obvious symptoms, making them more difficult to diagnose and treat. Work with our board-certified urologists to receive timely, effective treatment for any male urological condition you may be experiencing.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland that typically occurs due to age, but is also linked to factors such as family history, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Symptoms of BPH often include frequent urges to urinate (particularly at night), difficulty starting urination, a weak urine stream that dribbles at the end of urination, and an inability to fully empty the bladder.
Prostatitis is swelling of the prostate gland, usually due to inflammation. This can happen as a result of an infection, injury, or immune system disorder, as well as psychological stress or nerve damage in the area of the pelvis. Prostatitis often causes a variety of problems with urination, making it painful, more difficult, and/or more frequent; it can also cause urine to appear cloudy or bloody. Other symptoms include back, groin, or abdominal pain, as well as painful ejaculation and flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and muscle aches.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. It can cause difficulty with urination in some cases, but it often causes no symptoms at all, making regular medical screenings essential for early diagnosis and treatment. These screenings begin at age 55 for most men with an average risk of prostate cancer, but can begin as early as age 40 for men at high risk (such as those with multiple first-degree relatives who developed prostate cancer at an early age).
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. More than half of all men above the age of 40 experience some degree of ED, but it can occur at any age. Many different factors can cause ED, including conditions affecting the circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems, as well as testosterone deficiency, injuries to the penis, or psychological conditions.
Male infertility refers to a man’s inability to conceive a child with a woman. It can be caused by a variety of illnesses, injuries, and lifestyle factors. It is recommended to visit a doctor for male infertility if you are unable to conceive a child after one year of unprotected intercourse, but you should schedule this appointment sooner if you also experience erectile dysfunction or pain in or around the testicles, as well as if you have a history of medical problems affecting the testicles or prostate, prior surgeries for your reproductive organs, or a partner over the age of 35.
Peyronie’s disease occurs when fibrous scar tissue develops on the penis, causing curved, painful erections. This scar tissue develops due to repeated injury of the penis during sex or other activities. Not all curvature of the penis is necessarily an indicator of Peyronie’s disease; in someone experiencing this condition, the curve is significant, and additional symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, pain, a shortened length, and other penile deformities may also occur.
Testosterone deficiency, also referred to as low testosterone or male hypogonadism, occurs when the testicles fail to produce a normal amount of testosterone. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including a lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, infertility, shrinking testicles, and hair loss in the armpits and pubic area, as well as mood problems, difficulty with concentration, decreased strength and endurance, and increased body fat.