When you think of reasons to see a urologist, the common urinary tract infection likely comes to mind, but there are many other conditions that require the expertise of a urologist. A few common ones include benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), kidney and ureteral stones, and urinary incontinence. It’s nice to know that if you need a urologist you have access to one at Prowers Medical Center’s Specialty Clinic.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is another term for enlarged prostate, a common condition in older men. As men age, their prostate can become larger, causing pressure on the urethra—the tube that transports urine from the bladder. The result is frequent urination that disturbs sleep and life in general. It’s treated by medications to start, and if those don’t work, a simple surgery called a prostatectomy.
Likely you’ve heard of kidney stones, but have you heard of ureteral stones? They are similar to kidney stones, but form in the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Both types of stones can block the flow of urine and cause significant pain. When the stones— formed from crystalized mineral deposits—are small enough, people pass them without medical help. But sometimes they are large and cause a blockage. That’s where a urologist comes in to surgically break up the stones, using a laser treatment.
Urinary incontinence is another common urologic condition, causing you to leak urine. There are different types of incontinence, including stress, urge, and overflow. The good news is that treatment is often effective.
If you find yourself facing one of these conditions, or another urologic condition, you may consider making an appointment with Dr. Alan Bickel, the visiting urologist at the Specialty Clinic. Dr. Bickel has been in practice at Urology Consultants in Pueblo, Colorado since 1992, and visits Lamar once a month to see patients. He treats all urologic conditions, including stone disease, laser treatment for BPH, cryosurgery for prostate cancer, and general urological surgery.
Dr. Bickel attended the University of Texas and went to medical school at Texas A&M University. He graduated Cum Laude, and earned the AOA Charter Member Best Surgical Med Student Award. He completed his residency at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Dr. Bickel completed his fellowship at City Hospital in Nottingham, England.
Dr. Bickel sees patients at the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic on the second Tuesday of each month. To schedule an appointment with him, call 1-877-545-9713. To learn more about the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic and all it offers, call 719-336-7005, or visit the website at prowersmedical.com for a calendar of visiting specialists.