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UTI

Why choose Hackensack UMC Urology

If you are suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs), you can trust Hackensack University Medical Center’s urology experts to use their experience—combined with the latest diagnostic tools and treatments—to help you feel better and prevent future problems.

Our urologists specialize in treating persistent UTIs (infections that don’t go away with treatment), as well as chronic UTIs (infections that happen often), in men and women. Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam and use advanced technology to diagnose problems with your bladder or urethra that may be causing UTIs.

Experienced Female Urologists

HackensackUMC’s urology department is the only one in the region with two experienced female urologists who provide expert UTI treatment.

HackensackUMC Women's Urology - UTI

UTI Symptoms and Causes

UTIs are caused by bacteria in the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. If you have a UTI, you will likely feel a burning sensation during urination and an intense urge to urinate. You may be at an increased risk for contracting a UTI (or suffering from a persistent or recurring infection) if you have other conditions or problems, such as:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • A condition that affects the flow of urine, such as kidney stones, stroke or spinal cord injury
  • Anatomical issues
  • A strain of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics
  • A condition that compromises your immune system, such as diabetes, pregnancy or multiple sclerosis
  • Vesicoureteral reflux, which causes urine to flow backward from the bladder into the kidneys

Your Stay and Aftercare

Our urologists don’t just diagnose and treat chronic or persistent UTIs, they also help you prevent future infections.

UTI Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam using the latest tools and techniques to help determine the cause of your UTIs. Your exam may include a test called a fluoroscopic urodynamic study, which uses computerized equipment and imaging technology to diagnose problems with your bladder or urethra. You may also need to have a sonogram of the kidneys, and women may need to have a vaginal exam.

Once testing is complete, we will develop a customized treatment plan to help you feel better, fast. Your personalized plan may include low-dose antibiotic therapy or treatment of underlying conditions that are causing your UTIs. In addition to treating your UTIs, our urologists will help you prevent future infections by recommending behavioral and lifestyle changes. Some common prevention strategies include:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Diet changes, such as adding nutritional supplements and avoiding foods/beverages that could irritate the urinary tract
  • Emptying your bladder frequently and completely
  • Altering bathroom habits and hygiene
  • Avoiding hygiene or birth control products that could potentially cause irritation
  • Estrogen therapy for menopausal women


Physicians in this Specialty

DEBRA FROMER, M.D.


MICHELLE KIM, M.D.


MATTHEW SHAHBANDI, M.D.


ANDREW SIEGEL, M.D.


JEFFREY STOCK, M.D.


RICHARD WATSON, M.D.




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To make an appointment, contact a HUMG Urologist

Call 551-996-8090

 


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