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Urology and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jun 22nd, 2020

COVID-19 is a form of coronavirus that presents with symptoms similar to colds and the flu. This usually indicates problems in the upper respiratory area, and mild cases of COVID-19 will often last about as long as a cold or flu. This newest form of coronavirus is much more dangerous...

What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Men? May 26th, 2020

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a loss of bladder control that affects both men and women as they age. But, it’s estimated that up to a third of older men (around 34%) deal with some form of this problem and up to 11% of older men deal with it daily. Urinary...

Five Signs of Low Testosterone Apr 28th, 2020

Testosterone is a hormone typically known for its effects on the male body. And while it’s a chemical produced by both men and women, it regulates functions in male bodies throughout their lifetime. It helps with everything from growth spurts and voice changes during puberty to affecting sex drive, red...

Prostate Focal Therapy: How It Can Help Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Mar 9th, 2020

Prostate cancer is among the most common forms of cancer among men, second only to skin cancer. This year will see an estimated 191,930 new cases of prostate cancer and about 33,000 deaths from it, according to the American Cancer Society. But while it can be fatal, prostate cancer is...

5 Preventive Measures Every Man Should Know About to Stay Healthy Feb 1st, 2020

Compared to women, men tend to die at a younger age. On average, men develop cardiovascular issues and many types of cancer earlier in life than women, and these conditions are likelier to be fatal in men than women. While this may sound unsettling, many of the factors that contribute...

Is a Vasectomy Reversible? Jan 1st, 2020

Getting a vasectomy is one of the most personal decisions any man or couple can make. Fortunately, it is usually reversible. Esteemed urologist, Dr. Mark J. Kelly can answer all your questions about this important issue at his office in Santa Monica, California. He can also discuss a vasectomy reversal...

Understanding PSA: What’s Your Number? Dec 1st, 2019

If you’re a man over 40, you may be familiar with the term “PSA level.” PSA stands for “prostate-specific antigen,” an enzyme routinely produced by your prostate gland. You may also have spoken with your primary care physician about the PSA test, which measures the enzyme’s level in your blood....

5 Reasons to Consider a Vasectomy Nov 1st, 2019

A vasectomy is a procedure that seals both vas deferens tubes in your scrotum so that your sperm can’t mix with your semen. In Santa Monica, California, Dr. Mark J. Kelly performs hundreds of these pregnancy-prevention procedures each year.  Even though a vasectomy is a common procedure, it’s still deeply...

Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction Oct 1st, 2019

Let’s kick off this conversation with a fact about erectile dysfunction (ED) — it’s more common than you might think. While erectile dysfunction isn’t exactly a conversation-opener, 52% of men in the United States experience ED at some point in their lives. While some may experience only temporary problems, others...

Here's What Happens When You Don't Have Enough Testosterone Sep 1st, 2019

Most men associate testosterone with sex drive and erectile dysfunction alone, but this male hormone plays a more significant role in your overall health. And when you don’t have enough, you can develop specific signs of testosterone deficiency.  Santa Monica urologist Mark J. Kelly, MD, and our medical staff can...

STD Testing: Is It Right for Me and How Often Should It Be Done? Aug 6th, 2019

Millions of new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur each year in the United States, but many STDs don’t present symptoms. That means thousands — and possibly millions — of people with STDs go without treatment each year.  Because many STDs are symptomless, it can be tough to know if you...

5 Important Facts About Treating Erectile Dysfunction Jul 29th, 2019

If you have erectile dysfunction, you may hesitate to see a doctor due to embarrassment or because you aren’t in a relationship. However, ED can be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition, and should be checked out to help safeguard your wellbeing. Urologist Dr. Mark J. Kelly...

Vasectomy on Your Lunch Break? This No-Scalpel Procedure Made Easy Jun 21st, 2019

Would you prefer not to have to worry about contraception after you’re finished with having children? You know condoms and spermicides can fail, female birth control can be thrown off by antibiotics or missing a single pill, and the rhythm method has a high rate of failure. If kids aren’t...

Prostate Cancer Warning Signs You Should Be Looking Out For May 13th, 2019

Although prostate cancer is rare before age 40, it’s important for men of all ages to be aware of its symptoms, because it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men. If you recognize the signs early and come in to see Mark J. Kelly, MD, in Santa...

Understanding and Embracing Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer Feb 1st, 2019

The purpose of this and upcoming articles is to help familiarize our medical community on the advances in screening, diagnosis, risk stratification and new treatment paradigms for prostate cancer.  I want to begin with an introduction to Focal Ablation for Prostate Cancer. But first, a look back in time to gain...