Urologic diseases can affect anyone of any age, gender, or nationality. Dr. Donald Sonn is a Urologist who has worked in Medicine for over 25 years and at his current practice in Springfield Massachusetts for 17 years. During his time in Urology, Sonn has seen numerous conditions. He currently specializes in minimally invasive treatments that allow for faster recovery times and a less painful experience for his patients.
Many of these diseases are very treatable, however, catching any disease in the earlier stages provides for faster results and better outcomes for those who are suffering from unpleasant symptoms associated with these illnesses. For men, these diseases affect the reproductive organs or the urinary tract, whereas in women the urinary tract is affected.
Some of the most common urologic diseases, as defined by the American Urological Association Foundation, include:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – Symptoms often include the frequent need to urinate and a weak stream of urine. Those who suffer from BPH, an enlarged prostate, may often feel as if their bladder never fully empties after urination.
- Urinary Incontinence – It is estimated that over 15 million people throughout the United States suffer from this type of urologic disease. Some of the many common factors associated with this loss of bladder control include pregnancy, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infections, and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and diabetes.
- Urinary Tract Infections – Theses infections most often affect women but can be found in men as well. Symptoms of UTIs are similar to BPH with a frequent need to urinate and a feeling that the bladder never empties. There may also be a burning sensation during urination.
For physicians like Dr. Donald Sonn, spreading awareness of symptoms, causes, and treatments is important in helping patients identify a problem and seek help. Urologists can provide the treatments one may require ranging from antibiotics to surgery.