Urological Surgeon Available At NMAC Center

April 26, 2019

Dr Jonathan Makanjuola Bermuda April 26 2019Consultant urological surgeon Dr. Jonathan Makanjuola will be available at Northshore Medical & Aesthetics Centre from April 29 to May 3 in order to address general urological issues with patients.

A spokesperson said, “As the summer days approach and temperature starts to rise in Bermuda , people do not realise that the heat can affect the kidneys by producing kidney stones. Your urine becomes concentrated when we do not drink enough fluids, or when we lose an excess of fluid through sweating. We all naturally concentrate our urine overnight, and so this is probably the time when most stones form and grow. Occasionally, abnormalities in the drainage of the kidney can be the cause of stone formation”.

“Men are more likely to form kidney stones than women. People who become dehydrated as a result of hot climates, outdoor workers, or other medical problems, are also at increased risk. Being overweight, doing a sedentary job, and having uncontrolled diabetes, all make kidney stones more likely to form. Some families are at risk of precipitating certain stones. In the initial phase small kidney stones do not cause any symptoms or they may even go undetected and pass out painlessly when you urinate.

“Symptoms usually occur if the kidney stone grows or starts to travel down the ureter [the tube that attaches each kidney to the bladder]. The ureter is narrow and kidney stones can cause pain as they try to pass through, causing an infection in the bladder or kidney .

“In these cases, the symptoms of kidney stones can include:

  • a persistent ache in the lower back, which is sometimes also felt in the groin, men may have pain in their testicles and scrotum
  • periods of intense pain in the back or side of your abdomen, or occasionally in your groin, which may last for minutes or hours
  • feeling restless and unable to lie still
  • nausea [feeling sick]
  • needing to urinate more often than normal
  • pain when you urinate [dysuria]
  • blood in your urine [heamaturia], this may be caused by the stone scratching the kidney or ureter

“If you experience any of theses symptoms, Dr Makanjuola recommends you go and see your GP. There are a number of ways we can treat kidney stones. If small enough they can pass spontaneously. Keyhole surgery wth a laser can be used to break the stones up so they can be removed. There is a non surgical option called shock wave lithotripsy.

“Dr Makanjuola is a member of the American Urology Association, the British Association of urological Surgeons, and the European Association of Urology. He will be at the North Shore Medical & Aesthetics Centre from April 29th to 3rd May 2019.

For more information, call 293-5476.

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