When it comes to prostate cancer treatment there are many different options for care. Did you know that roughly 25 percent of men who receive radiation treatment have a recurrence? A treatment called salvage prostate cryotherapy has become available to help treat prostate cancer reoccurrence. Salvage prostate cryotherapy can offer men a second chance as long as the cancer hasn’t spread beyond the prostate.
Your prostate is a walnut-sized, muscular gland located below your bladder, and is responsible for secreting prostate fluid which helps the flow of seminal fluid. As part of the male reproductive system, your prostate gland grows significantly during your teenage years, nearly doubling in size, and will continue to grow for the remainder of your life. In some cases, the prostate may become larger than average, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate gland can put pressure on your urinary tract and impair the flow of urine from your bladder. Other common signs of an enlarged prostate include:
Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women, although women produce a much smaller amount. Testosterone production is typically at its highest during puberty, and begins to decline around the age of 30. Although testosterone is most commonly associated with an individual’s sex drive and sperm production in males, it also impacts bone and muscle mass, red cell production, the deepening of your voice, and can even affect your mood.
The concept of self-care — the participation in activities that take care of our physical, mental and emotional health — has been around for a long time. Self-care isn’t all about yoga class or reading a book with a cup of tea either!
Preparing for pregnancy is often an exciting time in many people’s lives. While the focus often centers on women’s health, there are many steps that men can take to improve their health. Family Medicine physician, Dr. Brian Becker, shares tips that can help improve men’s potential for conception.
While the fundamentals of maintaining good health are the same for men and women, the risk of developing certain conditions can vary. Fortunately, establishing healthy habits can go a long way in keeping men feeling their best. During the month of November, in an effort to increase awareness of several conditions that affect men’s health, our physicians share tips to help men stay healthy.
The DMG urologists offer vasectomy consultations and procedures on select Saturdays through the Men’s Health Clinic at the Lisle Medical Office Building. These appointments, offered in addition to weekday appointments, are available to ease the hassle of taking off work for the consultation and procedure.
Men can develop a variety of urinary symptoms or changes with their prostate gland as they age. Most don’t seek medical treatment for these issues, treating frequent nightly trips to the bathroom and other symptoms as an inevitable part of the aging process. Developing conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate), urinary incontinence, overactive bladder or lowered testosterone levels doesn’t mean you should suffer in silence. These conditions are likely to worsen over time and if left untreated, can lead to other health problems and have a serious impact on your overall health. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and their impact on your daily routine, there are treatment options available to help. Urologist, Vikas Desai, MD, shares some of the misconceptions about these common men’s health conditions and treatment that are available so you can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle as you age.
Referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer, or robotic prostatectomy, da Vinci Prostatectomy is more accurately a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that da Vinci Prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.
There is no shortage of information on the internet about erectile dysfunction; the problem is the information is not always accurate. Erectile dysfunction affects an estimated 18 million men in the US alone. One of the mainstays in treating erectile dysfunction is through oral medication, with Viagra® being one of the most prevalent and well-known brands on the market to treat sexual function.