A History of Excellence and Care
Providing The Best Men’s Health Services
At Urology Centers of Alabama, we understand the unique health needs of men. We take a comprehensive view of your health and we are always looking for the best and most efficacious treatments. For example, by being the first in the Southeast to perform the prostate robotic surgery, we have become one of the most experienced prostate cancer teams in not only the region, but in the world. Urology Centers of Alabama also offers these services for men:
- A dedicated erectile dysfunction team
- An Advanced Urologic Cancer Center
- An in-house pharmacy
- A kidney stone prevention clinic
The adrenal glands are small endocrine organs that produce a variety of hormones essential for regulating and maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance, blood pressure as well as other vital bodily functions. Anatomically they are located within the fat at the...
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, which affects a majority of men over age 50. The symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia usually begins with urinary frequency, having to get up at night, and other minor...
Bladder cancer is a cancer that starts in the bladder, the body part that holds and releases urine. The exact cause of bladder cancer is uncertain. However, several things may make you more likely to develop it, including: cigarette smoking, chemical exposure at work, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and long-term infection.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory intercourse. Millions of men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction and many men do not seek treatment for this very common problem. At Urology...
Urinary incontinence in women can be troublesome and embarrassing, but it is treatable.
Kidney cancer is cancer that originates in the kidneys, two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. Each year about 190,000 people will be diagnosed with kidney cancer worldwide. Kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually...
Many patients consider kidney stones as simply a very painful nuisance which has to be tolerated periodically. In fact, kidney stone disease is a complex problem with various types of stones and with many different causes. At Urology Centers of Alabama, we utilize state of the art equipment and techniques to successfully treat stones. However, careful evaluation and management options also allow us to successfully prevent recurrent stone episodes in many patients.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone mainly produced by the testicles. It is becoming increasingly more common for male patients to come in talking about low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism. This isn’t necessarily a new problem; men are just becoming more open to talking about erectile dysfunction. As men age, most will begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. Often the most noticeable side effect is a decrease in sex drive.
Peyronie's disease is the development of scar tissue in the penis. We do not always know what causes Peyronie's; however, most times Peyronie's the result of an injury or decreased blood flow. Peyronie's can cause pain and/or curvature of the penis and may also result in a decrease in penile size and erections.
Prostate Cancer develops when the cells of the prostate gland mutate and undergo malignant changes. Cancer cells grow more rapidly than normal cells and refuse to die, and they also develop the ability to invade and destroy normal tissue. Over time, the spread of the malignant cells can result in the patient having symptoms, health problems and ultimately death.
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces fluid (semen) that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostatitis can be caused by the same bacteria that commonly cause urine infections. However, in most cases, an identifiable cause is not found and may not be an infection, but just inflammation and irritation of the prostate gland.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections passed from one person to another during sexual contact. There are numerous sexually transmitted diseases, most of which cannot be diagnosed with certainty without specialized testing. The only STD that rarely needs any special testing to diagnose is HPV which causes genital warts (also called condyloma). The other common STD’s (Genital Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV) usually require diagnostic testing that is not readily available in physician offices. For these, the patient needs to be seen at their local county Public Health Department.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most common infections to affect people. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can affect men, women, and children, but women suffer more frequently from these infections. Fortunately, UTIs can usually be treated successfully...
Botox Treatment (Incontinence)
Botox is indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency, in adults who have an inadequate response to or are intolerant of an anticholinergic medication...
Brachytherapy is often offered as an excellent option for the treatment of prostate cancer. At Urology Centers of Alabama, we utilize permanent seed implantation (brachytherapy), either alone or in combination with external radiation and/or hormonal blockade....
Urology Centers of Alabama’s Dr. Lee Hammontree has many years of experience with cryosurgery (using extreme freezing to destroy cancer) for both kidney cancer and prostate cancer. He has performed more cryosurgery procedures for kidney cancer than any other...
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) NEW
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a newly FDA cleared, minimally invasive treatment designed to provide men with a surgery-free option for prostate cancer. The treatment uses high-intensity sound waves to heat and destroy cancer cells. This allows the cancer to be targeted rather than removing the prostate entirely.
InterStim Therapy (also called “sacral nerve stimulation”) is used to treat people with two seemingly opposite problems. The first is non-obstructive urinary retention (poor emptying in the absence of blockage of the urinary tract as may occur with...
A vasectomy is a safe surgical procedure that is used for permanent male fertility control. It is a simple procedure that severs and seals the vasa deferentia tube, which carries sperm from testicle to the seminal stream. Since the procedure cuts off the delivery of sperm, it does not change hormonal function, so it won’t affect your sex drive.
Penile Prosthesis is one of several treatments for men with erectile dysfunction that is a very effective treatment option. Penile prostheses are safe and have been used for several years and are continually being improved. Patients have several different types of prostheses to choose from and your prosthetic urologist will help you make the decision that is best for you.
Radiation Therapy – IGRT
One of the more exciting developments over the past several years at the Urology Centers of Alabama has been the addition of Radiotherapy to the treatment options offered to patients with prostate cancer and other malignancies.ﾠ The construction of the...
Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery
Our team of skilled urologists is committed to providing you with high-quality, personalized medical care in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our physicians specialize in the comprehensive treatment of urological disorders using the most advanced technology...
Rezūm is the newest treatment for BPH, or an enlarged prostate. Rezūm is a minimally invasive procedure used to reduce the symptoms of BPH, by using water vapor therapy.
Urology Centers of Alabama offers robotic, laparoscopic surgery to reconstruct an obstructed ureter and renal pelvis due to a condition known as a uretero-pelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction. This operation is known as a pyeloplasty and can be done using the da...
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that is considered to be a permanent, male form of birth control. This procedure will not change hormonal function, so it won’t affect your sex drive.
There are many reasons men who have had vasectomies may wish to have them reversed, including the desire to father children after a divorce or loss of a spouse or child or simply because they and their spouse have had a change of heart and want more children...