Prostate Health and Cancer Screening in Houston, Texas

Prostate Health | Prostatitis | Enlarged Prostate

Dr. Lauren Underwood now offers urological care and prostate health screening in our newly created men’s health clinic in Houston, Texas. We provide patients the most advanced non-surgical and surgical options for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis and prostate health.

Dr. Underwood’s specialty is treating kidney stones, BPH, and sexual dysfunction. Let her develop your individualized treatment plan that has become her trademark of patient care.

The Prostate Gland’s Importance

The prostate gland plays a vital role in secretion and transport of semen and fertilization of the woman’s egg (ovum). Therefore, keeping a healthy, properly functioning prostate is important to men.

Why We Offer Screening

Men’s prostate issues are difficult to self- diagnose and self-screen because of the subtle nature of symptoms and its anatomical location. Appropriate early screening is vital and important to overall health.

Because prostate problems can occur at any time and affect both your bladder and sexual activity, we offer blood testing called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exams (DRE) to keep you healthy and active.

Physicians You Can Trust

Dr. Lauren Underwood is a board certified urologist who focuses on both men and women’s urological care and treatment. She joined ChristiMD Medical Group in 2019 and has been treating patients in the San Antonio area prior to that time.

Both Dr. Christi and Dr. Underwood have a passion for excellence demonstrated by the many outstanding awards they have won. They have participated in new product research trials and launches to help patients overcome their urological and sexual dysfunction conditions.

This all leads to better care for their patients and the ability to offer latest techniques and treatments. Each doctor brings a skill set unsurpassed in the Houston and Katy, Texas area.

Most Common Prostate Conditions

  • Prostatitis
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Prostate Cancer

Conditions We Treat:

Prostatitis

  • Burning or painful urination
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Trouble urinating
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Lower back pain
  • Experiencing pain between the scrotum and rectum

These could be a sign of inflammation of the prostate and a need for testing.

Schedule Your Appointment or Call Our Office at  281-645-9677

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BPH is the enlargement of your prostate and affects approximately 75% of men over age 60. As you age, both your risk of prostate cancer and BPH increase. While BPH is not life-threatening, if uncontrolled and undiagnosed, it can potentially lead to more serious conditions.

Enlargement of the prostate and its impact on the bladder and kidneys may become a serious condition for some men. When the prostate increases in size, it can squeeze and limit urine flow from the urethra, the tube carrying semen and urine out of the body. This can lead to increasing pressure and blockages in the bladder and eventually the kidneys.

Symptoms of BPH

  • Weak urine flow
  • Constant feeling need to urinate even after urination
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • Weak urine stream
  • Needing to start and stop urination several times

How We Treat BPH

The following tests may be performed to determine if you have BPH and/or other conditions involving your prostate.

  • Cystoscopy – a test to view your bladder or urethra
  • Urinalysis – a urine test
  • PSA Test – a test from your blood sample
  • Post-void residual volume – to measure how much urine remains after urination
  • Ultrasound – images the prostate
  • Urodynamic pressure test – determines pressure after urination
  • Uroflowmetry – measures flow speed of the urine

Once Dr. Underwood determines if you have BPH, she will review treatment options and establish a plan of care that is right for you. This will allow you to have a better quality of life and potentially fewer complications.

BPH Treatment options include:

Medications

Minimally invasive surgery including Urolift * NEW

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP traditional and laser)

Get Your BPH Under Control. Call 281-645-9677 to Schedule Your Appointment at our Katy Men’s Health Clinic.

Prostate Cancer Screening

As you age, you are at risk of getting prostate cancer. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with this disease. African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer have an increased risk. It is recommended that you begin screening early.

Dr. Underwood will perform the digital rectal exam (DRE) as well as order your PSA blood test.  PSA shows the amount of protein in your blood. Higher levels may indicate the need for additional treatment and testing.

Talk with Dr. Underwood and discuss your family history.  Maintaining regular screening can often save your life or the spread of prostate cancer to other organs or areas in the body.

Schedule My Prostate Cancer Screening  at 281-645-9677