New Auburn urologist adds to resources available at the hospital

Posted on: 11/04/2015

As many as 30 percent of Americans are affected by urinary symptoms, ranging from overactive bladder to incontinence, kidney stones and even urologic cancer.

But according to the Urology Care Foundation, many people living with these symptoms don't ask for help, whether it is because they are embarrassed, they don't know how to talk to their health care provider about it or because they think there aren't any treatments for their symptoms.

High-quality treatment options for urology needs are available right here in Auburn, for everything from recurrent infections, kidney stone treatments, erectile difficulties and bladder cancer workup and treatment to innovative robotic prostate and kidney surgery.

Most recently, Auburn Community Hospital welcomed urologist Dr. Ryan Sidebottom to the medical staff. Sidebottom opened his practice, Upstate Urology of Auburn, this past summer. Dr. Sidebottom is also an associate professor at Upstate Medical University, which provides access to the breadth and depth of the Upstate urology department.

“By having Upstate Urology of Auburn, our community has access to urologic care in a practice that feels more like a family, which can sometimes be lost in big institutions,” Sidebottom said. “And through our local practice, patients still have immediate access to additional resources and care through Upstate when it is needed.”

How do you know if you or a family member need, or could benefit from urologic care? The American Urological Association developed a questionnaire to help patients determine how bothersome their urinary symptoms are, and even to check how effective their treatment may be. Some of the questions include:

• How often have you had the feeling of not completely emptying your bladder after you finished urinating?

• How often have you had to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating?

• How often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?

• Have you had to get up to urinate during the night?

Answers to these questions help patients to determine how severe their symptoms are. But one of the most important questions to ask is: If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition just the way it is now, how would you feel about that?

The difficulties associated with urinary symptoms are not "just a normal part of getting older.” And surgery is not the only treatment for most urinary symptoms. Even if symptoms aren't severe, there is a resource right here in Auburn to help patients in our community lead a more comfortable and healthy lifestyle.

Auburn Community Hospital has more resources than many people in our community realize. Upstate Urology of Auburn is one of those high-quality resources, and is available to answer questions about any facet of urology.

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