As of Monday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. We believe in an evidence-based, patient-centered approach that emphasizes care coordination and keeping people healthy. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources through Carilion, including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming appointment, you can continue to reach your care team at (540) 283-6000..

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Overview

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections in any part of the urinary system – kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most involve the lower urinary tract including the bladder and urethra. Serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys. The different UTIs include:


  • Acute pyelonephritis (kidneys)

  • Cystitis (bladder)

  • Urethritis (urethra)

Symptoms

Urinary tract infections don’t always cause signs and symptoms, but when they do, they may include:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or dark brown
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women

Risk Factors

UTIs are common in women, and many women experience more than one infection during their lifetime. Female-specific risk factors include:

  • Female anatomy – women have shorter urethras
  • Sexual activity
  • Certain types of birth control
  • Menopause
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Other risk factors include:

  • Urinary tract abnormalities
  • Blockages in the urinary tract
  • A suppressed immune system
  • Catheter use
  • A recent urinary procedure