Seeing blood in your urine can be an alarming, and it is important to determine its cause.
The presence of blood in the urine is known as haematuria, and is either visible (macroscopic) or non-visible (microscopic) to the naked eye. Macroscopic haematuria produces pink, red or brown coloured urine, and the bleeding is usually painless. Microscopic haematuria is detected through a urine dipstick or microscopy test, and may be picked up during a regular health screening.
There are many causes of haematuria, but is it never normal. While in many instances the cause is harmless, blood in your urine can indicate a more serious disorder. Further investigations may be required to exclude a serious cause for the bleeding, like bladder cancer.
At URODOC, our team is highly experienced in the investigation and management of haematuria. If required, a flexible cystoscopy can be performed in our on site procedure room.
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, resulting in involuntary or uncontrollable urine leakage. There are several types and causes of urinary incontinence, including stress incontinence, urge incontinence (OAB) and overflow incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is more common in women than men, due to anatomical differences, and its occurrence increases with age. However, it is not an inevitable consequence of ageing. Urinary incontinence is a medical condition that can be managed or treated. It can be an embarrassing condition to talk about, but if it is affecting your daily activities and quality of life, do not hesitate to see a doctor.
At URODOC, our team is highly experienced in the assessment and management of both female and male urinary incontinence. We offer a range of services for the investigation and management of this condition, including urodynamics, medical therapy, female and male urethral slings, and artificial urinary sphincters.
A urinary tract infection, also called UTI, is an infection in any part of the urinary system, which consists of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and ureters. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra — and are usually treated with antibiotics. If a UTI spreads to the kidneys, it can have serious consequences.
UTIs are relatively common in women, because anatomical differences make women more prone to them than men. However, when they occur 3 or more times per year (or 2 or more times in 6 months), they are considered recurrent UTIs. Recurrent UTIs in women may warrant investigation or additional treatment, as they may be caused by an underlying issue.
UTIs in men are uncommon and are often a sign of a problem with the urinary tract. Male UTIs may also warrant investigation or treatment.
At URODOC, our team is experienced in the investigation and management of recurrent and complicated UTIs. When required, we can perform flexible cystoscopy in our on site procedure room and order state of the art medical imaging as part of our investigations.