Running to the bathroom again and barely making it? Having to refrain from sex because you’re suffering from your 3rd urinary tract infection in less than a year? Not having sex at all because it’s too painful and uncomfortable? Wondering how many kidney stones you’ll have to pass before you see the light of day?
These issues, though common, are uncomfortable—and sometimes embarrassing—symptoms. By visiting ChristiMD Medical Group, home of a compassionate double board-certified urogynecologist and urologist in Katy, you can receive the support and treatment you so desperately need to be able to function again.
Reasons You Should See a Urologist in Katy
Sexual Health Issues
Maybe you’re going through menopause and dealing with vaginal atrophy and painful sex, and in turn, the lack of desire to have sex. As a urogynecologist and urologist in Katy, we offer a variety of sexual health treatments in our toolkit to bring back your fulfilling sex life.
- Sexual Dysfunction Pathway: We’ll uncover what treatments for sexual dysfunction would be the best fit for you. This could include: vaginal rejuvenation, hormone replacement, surgery, etc.
- Orgasm Enhancement (Cliovana): If you’re a woman who has trouble achieving orgasm, Cliovana is here to save the day!
- Erectile Dysfunction: Fellas, gain your sexual performance back without surgery or medication with the non-invasive GainsWave.
Related: Achieving Better Sex For Women
Recurrent UTIs aren’t a condition we would wish on our worst enemy! A urinary tract infection can occur anywhere in the urinary tract, like the kidneys or bladder, for example. So how do you know you have a UTI? Trust us, you’ll know.
Running to the bathroom every 10 minutes and never feeling like you’re emptying it, experiencing abdominal or pelvic pain, and cloudy, smelly urine are just a few telltale signs. The issue is considered recurrent when you’re getting a UTI more than 2 times every 6 months, or more than 3 times a year. This definitely calls for the help of a urologist in Katy.
After a thorough consultation, Dr. Christi can customize a treatment plan to treat your recurrent UTIs.
Hormonal changes, genetics, and age can all cause pelvic walls to stretch, allowing the bladder to drop toward the vaginal opening. This prolapse can lead to various functional issues with the bladder and vagina.
At ChristiMD Medical Group, we offer the latest and best treatment options for bladder prolapse surgery: robotic abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC) and vaginal native tissue repair.
With an in-depth consultation and examination, Dr. Christi will be able to recommend your ideal surgery.
No matter the type of urinary incontinence you struggle with, the feelings are the same: bladder discomfort and the embarrassment and humiliation of a leak. Our list of treatments attacks the root of your specific problem!
- Urinary Incontinence Treatment: By sitting on the Emsella chair, you can restore your bladder and pelvic floor muscles to get your overactive bladder back to normal activity.
- Urge Incontinence Treatment: If you struggle with urge incontinence (also referred to as overactive bladder, or OAB), then you know the feeling—when the urge to go hits, it hits hard. So hard, in fact, that you may experience some leakage.
The eCoin device reduces these sudden urges to urinate, allowing you to feel comfortable and at ease.
- Overactive Bladder Treatment (Bladder Botox): Yes, we offer Botox for your face, but we also offer it for your overactive bladder! Delivered to your bladder through a scope, Botox provides you with relief. Say goodbye to the million bathroom trips a day and abruptly waking up to the urge in the middle of the night.
- Interstim Implant for OAB: If medications, exercises, and if all else fails to cure your OAB—enter: the interstim implant. This device permanently addresses OAB by sending mild electric pulses to your nerves to control symptoms, and no—it doesn’t hurt!
- PTNS Treatment for OAB: Our posterior tibial nerve, which is located just behind our ankle, can retrain the bladder nerve (sacral nerve) to increase healthy function and decrease OAB symptoms.
- Urinary Stress Incontinence: Achoo! You sneeze, and suddenly there’s a quick stress on your bladder that you couldn’t intercept—and now you’re leaking. With urinary stress incontinence, coughing and laughing aren’t safe activities either.
- Bulkamid literally bulks (adds volume to) your urethra to prevent urine from leaking out of the bladder during these bladder-stress-inducing activities. It’s like hitting the gym for your urethra.
- Bladder Sling Surgery: This simple outpatient procedure cures urinary stress incontinence by supporting a sagging urethra. With this support, your urethra can stay shut while you cough, sneeze, exercise, or otherwise “stress your bladder out.”
- Pelvic Floor Therapy: This option is perfect for patients looking for a non-surgical solution. Using a vaginal probe to stimulate your nerves, Dr. Christi retrains your overactive bladder while tracking your pelvic therapy progress.
As a premier urologist in Katy, we have a treatment (and treatment combos) for everyone! It’s not your job as the patient to figure out the best treatment for you; it’s ours as urology experts. Your main job is to be open and honest about your concerns and experiences, and our team will work to customize your unique treatment plan.
If you see any blood in your urine (hematuria), see a doctor or urologist in Katy as soon as possible. At ChristiMD Medical Group, we perform hematuria evaluation to determine the cause of your bloody urine. We’ll perform the tests needed on your kidneys, such as an x-ray, CT scan, and/or ultrasound. Then, we’ll use our findings to provide you with treatment.
Don’t you just cringe reading the words “kidney stones?” This incredibly painful condition happens when urine contains hard mineral deposits that stick together. The fluid in your urine is unable to dilute, resulting in you having to pass these hard deposits through your ureter and bladder.
We have three options for kidney stone treatment:
- Laser Stone Removal: A laser fiber breaks up the stone, and the fragments are removed in a small basket.
- Shock Waves: A lithotripter machine breaks up the stone with shock waves. The stone’s dust comes out naturally.
- Percutaneous Nephrolithotripsy: Reserved for large stones, Dr. Christi inserts a scope directly into the kidney to laser the stone and pull it out.
After discussing your symptoms during a consultation, we’ll be able to determine the best treatment for you.
How a Urologist Becomes a Urologist
Now that we’ve covered what you probably came for, i.e. the uncomfortable symptoms and what they mean, let’s do a little bit deeper of a dive into urology. Urology is the study of the function and dysfunction of the urinary system—the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A urologist treats pelvic disorders and urinary tract, bladder, and kidney issues.
To be able to practice urology, you, of course, need years of study and practice. In addition to 4 years of undergraduate education and 4 years of medical school, urologists must undergo 5 or 6 years of extensive training in a residency program. They can only practice once they receive board certification from the American Board of Urology.
All urologists know urology, but oftentimes these doctors break off into different specialties based on where their passions lie, like Dr. Christi Pramudji has done with her practice! She gets a lot out of helping women overcome urologic and urogynecological issues. Dr. Christi is double-board certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and she has a 95-99% success rate in surgery!
This training, education, and passion allow Dr. Christi to treat issues ranging from urogynecology (female pelvic floor and bladder function) and incontinence all the way to both men’s and women’s sexual health. She’s truly a jack of all trades!
Do You Need Urologic Support?
Urologists cover a lot of ground. If any of these urological experiences sound familiar to you, it may be a good idea to establish a urologist in Katy.
At ChristiMD Medical Group, we believe in holistically treating the whole person. As one of the first urologists in the country to receive board subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Christi takes a comprehensive approach to urology wellness.
She gladly welcomes urology referrals from other medical professionals with open arms and considers all treatment options. These treatments could be urogynecological, incontinence, sexual health, or a combination!
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