An infection of the prepuce and /or tip of the penis

British Association of Urological Surgeons

A non-cancerous increase in the size of the prostate gland in the aging male. Through its enlargement it reduces the diameter of the urethra as it passes through the prostate. It may be associated with LUTS.

Stone e.g. kidney calculus is a kidney stone.

A tube placed in the bladder to drain it of urine or blood. A catheter is usually introduced via the urethra. It may be inserted urgently to relieve a urinary obstruction (for the relief of urinary retention) or non urgently to drain the bladder after a bladder operation

Colchester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in young adults and often completely asymptomatic

An operation to remove the foreskin

Blood in the urine, invisible to the eye but detectable on chemical testing

A per rectum examination of the prostate with a gloved finger

Unpleasant stinging sensation when passing water

Soft tubes found just behind the testes where sperm are stored before ejaculation

Inability to sustain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. Formerly termed ‘impotence’

Blood in the urine visible to the eye

Operation to modify the retraction of the foreskin in order to make it more comfortable to do so

System of organs concerned with the production of urine and sexual reproduction. See section on ‘Urology

Blood in the urine

A ‘state of the art’ surgical training facility; a joint venture between Colchester Hospital NHS University Foundation Trust and Anglia Ruskin University

See Erectile Dysfunction

The involuntary loss of urine

Such as difficulty passing urine, urinary frequency, urinary urgency and nocturia

Blood in the urine, invisible to the eye but detectable on microscopy

A physician who specialises in the medical diseases of the kidney

The complaint of passing water too often at night

Hollow part of the kidney where the urine collects and where kidney stones form

Scarring at the tip of the prepuce causing difficulty passing water or prepuce retraction

Dribbling urine from the end of the penis after finishing passing water

Foreskin. The redundant skin on the tip of the penis of an uncircumcised male

Operation to reconfigure the foreskin in order to make it less tight and more comfortable to retract

A gland at the base of the bladder that produces secretions causing sperm to swim during ejaculation.

A chemical produced by the prostate measured using a blood test. Increased levels of PSA may prompt the need for transrectal ultrasound guided biopsies of the prostate (TRUS biopsies) to look for evidence of prostate cancer.

Inflammatory condition of the prostate

A severe urinary tract infection involving the kidney

Pertaining to the kidneys

Severely painful condition caused by a stone (calculus) in the ureter

Royal Society of Medicine

A procedure to remove tissue from the prostate gland for microscopic examination in looking for evidence of prostate cancer. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic using a slender probe placed into the back passage.

Slender muscular tube that connects the hollow centre of the kidney to the bladder. There is a ureter on either side of the body.

The water pipe that connects the bladder to the outside world. In the male the urethra travels through the prostate.

Complaint of passing urine too frequently

The painful inability to pass urine that requires a catheter

Complaint of having to rush to the toilet to pass urine for fear of passing water involuntarily

The study and treatment of the medical and surgical conditions of the urinary tract. Urology also includes the study of the male reproductive organs including the testicles, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

A surgeon who specialises in the surgical conditions of the urinary tract

Small muscular tube that propels sperm from the epididymis to the urethra during ejaculation

Male sterilisation performed by tying the vas on either side, rendering the male infertile. The tubes transmitting sperm from the testicles are identified, cut and tied off under local anaesthetic. This is a highly effective form of contraception and should be considered irreversible. Your General Practitioner can usually arrange for this to be done in the community.

A microscopic technique to rejoin the two ends of the vas on either side. This technique is performed to allow semen to appear in the ejaculate again.

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I was diagnosed with a tumour in my right kidney around 6 weeks ago following a CT scan. I had an operation to remove my right kidney and then recovered on the urology Ward surgery. Throughout the process Mr. Pillai and the team at the Urology Unit have been fantastic. I am sure that I was able to be discharged so quickly after the surgery because of the excellent care I received and the skill with which the team performed my operation.

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