By Submitted Story on May 6, 2021
Urological conditions can affect your lifestyle and significantly reduce your confidence. Being able to live each day without worrying about bladder control or prostate issues is key to our quality of life. The effort that often goes into planning activities around restroom locations often prevents us from living life to the fullest.
When a healthcare specialist isn’t available close by, it’s tempting to think, “I’ll just wait to get this checked out.” That’s why it’s a comfort to know that urological health issues can be evaluated and treated right here on the Outer Banks.
Dr. Amanda Pond of Outer Banks Urology in Nags Head takes a holistic approach to patient symptoms and considers lifestyle factors that may be contributing to urinary issues.
“Sometimes it’s a bladder issue and sometimes it’s not. It could be lifestyle, the type of fluids people drink, or even bowel issues,” explains Dr. Pond. “Sometimes, it’s other medical issues like diabetes or cardiovascular disease or various medications that patients take,” she says. “I really try to get the big picture with my patients, because if I just treat them for a bladder issue, they may not get better.”
When lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient, there are a number of medications that can alleviate symptoms. Pelvic floor therapy, which is a non-invasive treatment offered through The Outer Banks Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Nags Head, is a therapy that can help alleviate bladder symptoms.
If these approaches aren’t adequate, Outer Banks Urology also offers the surgical option of the Medtronic InterStimTM, an implantable device that regulates the electrical activity the brain receives in order to mitigate an overactive or underactive bladder.
Likewise, men who suffer symptoms from an enlarged prostate (such as intermittent stream or dribbling) may benefit from lifestyle changes, medications, or a minimally invasive procedure with the Urolift® System that is performed in the office. Used to “open up” the channel, it takes about ten minutes and does not require anesthesia.
Outer Banks Urology also offers patient-focused care for urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and vasectomies.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Outer Banks Urology at 252-449-5965.
A common problem I see among my patients is kidney stones. In most cases, they can easily be prevented by staying properly hydrated—and avoiding teas and dark-colored soft drinks, because they tend to have more phosphoric acid. I also advise my patients to limit animal protein intake (less than six ounces per day) and keep sodium levels low.
As part of a kidney stone diagnosis, patients can undergo a 24-hour urine analysis to identify any abnormalities or high levels of calcium or uric acid. There are various things we can look at in the collection to help pinpoint certain factors that we can target to help prevent stones.
Treatment options include medications to prevent or slow the growth of stones, and shockwave lithotripsy, which shocks the stone from the outside. Or we can physically laser the stone from the inside. Both options break up the stone and both can be performed at The Outer Banks Hospital.