When you or your child suffer from Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), the last place you want to turn to get treatment is your general practitioner (GP). This can lead to complications because not all UTIs are caused by bacteria or viruses that can be treated by GPs. To find out if you’re suffering from an infection that requires specialized treatment and get the care that you need schedule an appointment with one of our Urologists in St John’s today. Our specialists have ample experience treating UTIs and providing UTI treatment at St John’s Hospital.
Most UTIs are caused by bacteria in the bladder, and antibiotics can usually cure the infection. If you have symptoms that last for more than a few days, it is important to see your doctor. UTIs are not just uncomfortable; they can cause serious health problems if left untreated. This is why we encourage you to get tested as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
-pain or burning when urinating
-blood in your urine
St. John offers a variety of surgical treatments for UTIs, including cystoscopy and ureteroscopy. Cystoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the bladder is examined with a camera inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to identify any abnormalities that may be causing infection or pain. Ureteroscopy is similar to cystoscopy but it examines the ureters as well, which are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
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A urinary tract infection is an infection of the bladder, urethra, or kidneys. There are many different causes of UTIs and they may be more common in women than in men due to the shorter distance from the anus to the urethra. A UTI can also be caused by having sex without using a condom, which can transfer bacteria from one person to another if there is contact between their genitals. UTIs may also happen with babies who are not being changed often enough and have a stool on their skin that then gets into their urine.
A UTI is usually diagnosed based on a urinalysis, which checks for protein or blood in the urine, as well as testing for nitrites or leukocytes in it.
We have a team of specialists that can provide UTI treatment for you and your family including urologists, urogynecologists, nephrologists, and gynecologists. If you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI or an STD such as burning during urination, fever, or pain during intercourse, and are over the age of 18 years old please contact our office to schedule an appointment in order to receive UTI treatment at St. John’s Hospital.