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Are You Having a Hard Time Sleeping? Avoid Pills and Use These Tricks

April 6, 2022

Elderly man is able to comfortably sleep through the night after managing his prostate issues with Urologic Surgeons of Washington

The days of sleeping through the night until early afternoon the next day are now probably a luxury that only your grandchildren enjoy. As we age, we tend to sleep less, and, for the most part, adults need less sleep than their younger counterparts.

However, many of us may only get a few hours of sleep each night – far less than we should – leading to sleep deficits that can ruin our day. For men who have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH, their sleep may be interrupted a few or even several times throughout the night owing to an urge to urinate. However, no matter what the cause, most of us don’t get enough sleep.

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Why Hydration Is So Important in Urology

February 23, 2022

As you probably know, the body is composed of 70% water. It’s one of the reasons why we can’t last more than a few days without water, but we can last for weeks without food. You can imagine. Therefore, hydration is key to a healthy body, including a healthy urinary system. But, what exactly does water do for our urinary system, and how do we know we’re getting enough of it?

Man holds bottle of water as he hydrates for his urologic health as recommend by DC urologist Dr. Jason Engel

First, water is critically important for every cell and structure in the body. Water makes everything work better, from bones and cartilage to tendons and muscles. Dehydration affects the brain and body at almost every level.

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February 9, 2022

Transurethral Needle Ablation or TUNA is a safe and effective in-office therapy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia / BPH. Dr. Engel is one of the leading users of this technology across the entire United States. One of the great benefits of using TUNA is its versatility. A TUNA can be likened to a free swing – where downtime is minimal, and the procedure does not preclude the use of other treatment options after that. But what about the other way around? For example, can a TUNA be performed after a TURP or transurethral resection of the prostate?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia has many treatments including TUNA after a TURP with Dr. Jason Engel

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Dr. Engel Joined “Great Day Washington” – Discusses Erectile Dysfunction (ED) 

January 13, 2022

Dr. Engel joined “Great Day Washington” on WUSA 9 to discuss erectile dysfunction (ED) and treatment options including inflatable penile prostheses. Dr. Engel told viewers about the distinction between ED caused by prostate cancer surgery and radiation, for which medication is relatively ineffective; and ED caused by other problems and/or aging. For patients recovering from prostate surgery or radiation, an inflatable penile prosthesis is often an excellent option, allowing them to have natural, relatively spontaneous erections using a device that is completely hidden within the anatomy.

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Cystoscopy – A Patient’s Perspective

December 16, 2021

A cystoscopy is an important test, used by your urologist, to examine the inside of the bladder.  It’s an outpatient procedure, which means you may be at your doctor’s office, a hospital, or clinic and go home the same day. This procedure lets your doctor check the complete length of your urethra and the bladder for cancerous or pre-cancerous polyps, narrow areas called strictures, abnormal growths, and other problems. Your urologist will insert a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope into the bladder through the urethra.The procedure generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Female bladder in medical illustration shows the anatomy inspected by Dr. Engel during Cystoscopy

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Do Kidney Stones Increase the Risk of Kidney Cancer?

December 2, 2021

The kidneys, located in the mid-upper abdomen (around the back) are our bodies’ main filtration system, eliminating excess waste products, salt and water. Beyond this filtration, the kidneys also play a role in blood pressure and red blood cell regulation. The kidneys create urine, which is pass through the ureters, to the bladder and then eventually out of the body. As such, the kidneys are an incredibly important part of our overall function. Kidney diseases that require the removal of a kidney are not a death sentence, however. Our bodies can function normally on one kidney and even those who do not have working kidneys can survive with an external filtration process, known as dialysis.

Woman holds side and back in pain from a kidney stone wondering if her risk of kidney cancer is increased

Although kidney cancer is one of the top 10 most common cancers in the United States, the number of new cases diagnosed each year (about 65,000) is less than 1/3 the number of breast cancer, prostate cancer, or lung cancer diagnoses. Much like other cancers, early detection is critical for treatment and survivability. However, even advanced forms of kidney cancer are being treated more effectively than ever before.

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How Exercise and Vitamin D Can Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

November 11, 2021

Man gets active outside to decrease his prostate cancer risk with fitness and vitamin D as recommended by Urologic Surgeons of Washington

Exercise is one of the most important predictors of long-term health. Without exercise, i.e. living a sedentary lifestyle, we increase our risk for a number of problems not least of which is are certain forms of cancer. Beyond the tangible improvements in health that we see from exercise, regular cardio and strength training can even improve some mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and mood problems.

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Choosing Between In-Office Procedures and Surgery for BPH

October 21, 2021

Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It is extremely common with about 50% of men over 50, and 80% of men over 80, suffering from its symptoms. While BPH is very common, there is a lot of confusing information that can delay patients from receiving the most effective treatment. Many men live with the lower urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH for years before they pursue a treatment option. Many are then bombarded by advertisements telling them that herbs may shrink the prostate. Having read this website you know that these claims are questionable.

Man recovers comfortably after in office Transurethral Needle Ablation procedure at Urologic Surgeons of Washington with Dr. Jason Engel

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Dr. Engel Completes His First Half IronMan Triathlon

October 14, 2021

DC Urologist Dr. Jason Engel completes an Iron Man race with his son Josh 2021

I am thrilled to announce that I have completed my first Half IronMan Triathlon. It has always been a dream of mine to train and compete in such a high-level athletic pursuit. It was even more exciting and enjoyable to have done it with my son. And, while I am proud of my achievement, it also represents advice that I would like to give all my urologic patience.

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Can Coffee Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

October 7, 2021

Coffee has historically had an up and down relationship in researchers’ eyes. What was once considered incredibly healthy, was later vilified as carcinogenic. Today, many studies have shown that coffee confers more antioxidant benefits than it does risks in the average person when consumed in moderation.

Coffee drinking might help decrease prostate cancer risk according to Urologic Surgeons of Washington

But what did recent studies say about coffee as it relates to prostate cancer risk?

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