standard-title Geriatric Urology

Geriatric Urology

Dr. Jerry Greenberg specializes in geriatric urology. He understands the unique medical situation of older patients. With aging comes increased risk of some conditions, and this is true for urologic conditions, too. They may develop as a reaction to certain medication, as part of the natural aging process, or from other underlying health conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Geriatric urology encompasses all urologic conditions but certain conditions are especially common in seniors, including prostate conditions, impotence, incontinence and urinary infections.

When you come for your appointment with Dr. Greenberg, you will discuss your overall health and what, if any, medications you’re taking and together create a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

Prostate health in seniors

Dr. Greenberg has developed a special interest in caring for prostate cancer and enlarged prostate, particularly in the senior population. In his work he has pioneered two minimally invasive surgeries, including cryosurgery for local and recurrent prostate cancer and green light laser prostate ablation to treat enlarged prostate.

Because conditions of the prostate, including prostate cancer and enlarged prostate, increase in frequency as men age, it’s vital to pay attention to the health of your prostate. If you are a man over the age of 65 looking for an experienced urologist who specialies in prostate health and geriatric urology, call 520-202-3606 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jerry Greenberg.

Impotence in seniors

Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, becomes more common in men as they grow older. It may be due to the natural aging process or as the result of other health conditions, like heart disease or diabetes. Another cause may be “polypharmacy,” or taking many different medications to treat different conditions, something that becomes more common as a person ages. If you are experiencing impotence and would like to treat it, we will discuss your overall health and your current medications to determine the cause and possible treatment plan.

Read more about impotence.

Incontinence in seniors

Incontinence is common in seniors; more than one in three seniors experiences urinary leakage, according to the CDC.

Any regular disruption to the normal process of urinating should be discussed with a doctor. That may include leakage of urine, a sudden feeling of needing to urinate, reduced force in the urine stream or a feeling of not being “empty” after urinating. Seniors are also more at risk for “functional incontinence,” which refers to inability to maintain proper toilet use and hygiene due to physical limitations or cognitive impairment.

Urinary tract infections in seniors

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be unpleasant and, if left untreated, can lead to serious problems that seniors are susceptible to. Bacteria in the bladder or kidney that causes the UTI can cause permanent damage to kidneys or even lead to sepsis.

It’s important to know that sometimes seniors don’t exhibit symptoms of UTIs common in younger patients, such as low-grade fever. Instead, they may display symptoms like confusion, dizziness and agitation, which can be mistaken for other conditions, like dementia.

Incontinence is one possible cause of UTIs, which is something we can address here at our medical offices.