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At University Urology Associates, we understand that while the American Academy of Pediatrics supports youngsters with one kidney who wish to participate in extracurricular contact sports, many physicians and parents are reluctant to give children the green light to play. However, based on information from a new study released by the University of Utah, our dedicated NYC based urologists may be able to help ease parental concern over allowing children who have only one functional kidney to participate in contact sports.
The report compared sport-related kidney injury with sport-related injuries of other organs among high school varsity players participating in contact sports such as football, basketball and soccer. Data analyzed for the evaluation was obtained from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association High School Injury Surveillance Study, which reported the number of organ injuries in over 4.4 million occurrences of one athlete participating in one game or practice, termed "athlete-exposures."
Although 23,666 injuries were reported in the study, 6,921 of those were related to organ systems. Only 18 kidney injuries were cited, none of which were catastrophic or required surgery. When compared to 3,450 knee injuries, 2,069 injuries to the head, neck or spine, 1,219 impacts causing mild brain trauma, 148 injuries involving the eye, and 17 testicle injuries, the data concludes that those children suffering kidney injury while participating in contact sports is significantly low in contrast to other organ injury. The study goes on to comment that kidney injury not associated with sporting activities is far more common, citing motor vehicle crashes as an example.
Extracurricular sports provide important opportunities for both healthy exercise and a sports-related teamwork experiences to help improve fitness and social interaction skills. At University Urology Associates, we encourage parents to contact a urologist so that they can make an informed decision concerning this very important aspect of childhood development. Our renowned NYC urologists are dedicated to answering all questions about urology, including the pros and cons associated with contact sports when a child has only one functioning kidney, so be sure to contact us today!
Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that form in the kidneys, and if untreated, they can become very painful. Most kidney stones are small enough to pass through the urinary tract, and all that may be needed is to drink a lot of water to flush the kidney stones out. There are medications such as Flomax which can expedite stone passage. However, for larger kidney stones that become trapped in the ureters, or tubes going from the kidneys to the bladder, there are several other effective treatments available.
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Bladder cancer has several treatment options, but the extent of the cancer and the stage of the cancer may help determine which treatment is best. Sometimes, several different treatments are used.
Surgery is the main source of treatment for bladder cancer. There are several different types of surgeries that can be done depending on the severity of the cancer. Part of the bladder, or sometimes even the entire bladder, can be removed with a partial cystectomy. While this surgical procedure is being performed, the lymph nodes in the pelvic area can be taken out as well to screen for cancer. There is also a surgical procedure called transurethral resection that is less invasive. During this procedure, a cystoscope is put inside the bladder via the urethra. The cancer is then cauterized with electricity, or end loops on the wire cuttings can be used to cut cancer out. Fortunateky the vast majority of bladder tumors are non invasive and can be treated via a scope.
Radiation therapy is another optional treatment for bladder cancer. This can be done through a local radiation or an external beam radiation. When using the external beam type of radiation, strong beams of radiation are aimed directly at the location of the cancer, but from the outside of the body. With the internal radiation, pellets of radioactive contents are put into the area that is cancerous. Radiation is also used after surgery has been performed. This is helpful in being sure to kill any cells remaining that could be cancerous. Reoccurrence and progression rates can be decreased with intravesical chemotherapy or immunotherapy such as BCG or Mitomyacin.
Chemotherapy is another treatment alternative for advanced bladder cancer. The drug can be taken orally or through an IV through the muscles, or directly placed into the bladder. If chemotherapy is done before surgery, the hope is that it will shrink any tumors. If it is used after surgery, it is used to alleviate the chance of reoccurrence or to kill any leftover cancerous cells. Often times, chemotherapy medications are combined.
At University Urology, we are committed to working with you during this difficult time to find the treatment options that will work best. No matter what method you end up using to treat your bladder cancer, we pride ourselves on the compassionate care we offer, and we look forward to giving you the help you deserve.
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