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What Causes Kidney Stones?

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD January 6, 2014 0 Comments General News

This is maybe the most common question I get. The answer is far from straight forward and usually a combination of patient-specific factors. Kidney stones form when, if the urine chemistry is just right, substances combine, crystallize, and then those crystals bind together to form stones. There are many different types of stones: Calcium Oxalate, […]

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Mesh: That sounds bad, right?

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD January 6, 2014 0 Comments General News

I’m sure many readers have seen or heard the commercials featuring law firms that do not have many very nice things to say about “mesh”. So what is mesh and what should I do about it? “Mesh” often refers to a web-like sheet of a kind of plastic, polypropylene, that has been used medically for […]

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I know where every good bathroom is between here and Sauk City.

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD November 26, 2013 0 Comments General News

If you find yourself emptying your bladder before you leave the house, only to have to stop three times between here and Madison, you have an overactive bladder.  “Overactive Bladder” is a term we use to describe a strong, frequent, bothersome urge to go to the bathroom.  It is very, very common but it is NOT […]

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What is Low Testosterone (Low T)?

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD November 20, 2013 0 Comments Urology

We’ve all been bombarded by the ads on TV of sad middle-aged men that are tired.  Tired and they can’t get erections and have a decreased libido (sex drive).  Then there’s a promise of a virtual “fountain of youth” in the form of a daily gel applied to the underarm, groin, or shoulders…sometimes all three.  […]

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Most diagnosed cancer among men is...

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD August 8, 2012 0 Comments Cancer

Prostate cancer. Besides skin cancer, it is the top cancer diagnosis for men. While it can be a very aggressive type of cancer, it often doesn’t appear in men they’ve reached at least 50 years of age. It is important that men start receiving regular screenings at age 40 to prevent or stop the progression of prostate […]

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You're not the only one

Christopher Manakas, MD Christopher Manakas, MD November 16, 2011 0 Comments Family Medicine

Almost 12 million people in the United States experience urine control issues. Many things contribute to the condition: Enlargement of the prostate (men) Narrowing of the urethra due to scar tissue Obesity Older age Bladder stones Blockage Frequent bladder infections Stress Incontinence This is the most common type of incontinence. It means urine is lost […]

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