Seeing red in the bathroom? Time for a trip to the doctor.

Posted by Foothills Urology on June 16, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Seeing blood in your urine can mean many things, but it always means you should call your doctor right away.

Common causes of leakage of blood cells into urine — or hematuria — include:

  • Urinary tract infections - Bacteria have entered your body through the urethra and multiplied in your bladder. Symptoms include painful, burning, urgent, or frequent urination, and very strong-smelling urine.
  • Kidney infections - Bacteria can enter your kidneys from the bloodstream or from the ducts that pass urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Signs are similar to bladder infections, but more likely to cause fever, back pain, nausea and even confusion.
  • Bladder or kidney stone - Minerals in concentrated urine can leak out to form crystals on the walls of your kidney or bladder that can turn into small, hard stones over time. These stones can cause excruciating pain and bleeding. Urinary stones should be treated by a urologist to relieve immediate emergency pain and develop a treatment plan to prevent recurrence. (Foothills Urology treats all urinary stones within 24 hours, seven days a week.)
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Tags: hematuria, bladder cancer, blood in urine, kidney cancer, prostate cancer

Technology and the Human Touch Team Up Against Rare Kidney Cancer

Posted by Foothills Urology on May 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Minimally invasive robotic surgery restores life to normal

For 47-year-old Patrizia Sicuranza, the expectation she had just another kidney stone was quickly replaced by a diagnosis of a rare disease: transitional cell cancer in the renal pelvis.

Now she counts six small scars among her blessings. They are the fading marks of a minimally invasive robotic surgery called a radical nephroureterectomy last November to remove her right kidney, the renal pelvis and ureter. The largest souvenir is a 2-inch scar below her belly button.

“They are disappearing. And I feel good, just the same as ever,” the Napoli-born Sicuranza said after her work shift. She’s a server in her sister’s Italian restaurant in Lakewood.

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Tags: robotic surgery, minimally invasive robotic surgery, kidney cancer