AUA Summit - Supporting Veterans and their Urologic Health


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Supporting Veterans and their Urologic Health

Supporting Veterans and their Urologic Health

Posted on: 12 Nov 2021

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Veterans Day is November 11, and is a day we as a nation honor and support our U.S. military veterans. These men and women put their lives at risk to defend our country. We are forever grateful for their service, but supporting our veterans goes beyond this one day.

Did you know military-related injuries can affect a person’s urologic health?

Urotrauma is a term used for an injury to the urinary tract or reproductive organs. It could be the result of a traumatic event or impact. And could be from a fall, car or bike accident, chemical or weapon.

In a war setting, the blast from a buried IED can cause urotrauma. Because the blast from an IED goes up vs. down, it can damage the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and genitals. This type of trauma can have long-lasting effects, both physical and mental, on our veterans. The extent of urotrauma can impact one’s sexual function, fertility and ability to urinate.  

The Urology Care Foundation strives to bring awareness about urologic conditions to all retired and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more info on urotrauma, check out the below podcast with Dr. Mark Edney, a urologist and veteran who served in the U.S. military as a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve.

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