The Urologists at the DuPage Medical Group Men’s Health Clinic specialize in Vasectomy care, Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Low Testosterone and Prostate Health & Cancer Screenings. Our physicians are leaders in the treatment of men’s health issues offering personalized treatment plans unique to the individual needs of our patients. Our Urologists see patients through our Men’s Health Clinic at our Lisle Medical Office Building on selected Saturdays for consultations and procedures.
What is a Vasectomy?
We understand that the decision to proceed with a vasectomy is a personal one – our Men’s Health Clinic is designed to provide you with the most convenient access to care. By sitting down with our doctor’s and making a joint decision – we’re confident that you will leave the office knowing if a vasectomy is the best form of contraception for you and your partner.
A vasectomy is a minor surgery to cut the vas deferens, the tubes that carry a man’s sperm from his scrotum to his urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries sperm and urine out of the penis. After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out of the testes. A man who has had a successful vasectomy cannot make a woman pregnant.
Why is a Vasectomy performed?
A vasectomy is an effective form of contraception and is normally used as a long-term measure.
A vasectomy may be a good choice for men that:
- Are in a relationship, and both partners agree they have all the children they want. They do not want to use, or cannot use, other forms of birth control
- Are in a relationship, and their partner has health problems that would make pregnancy unsafe for her
- Are in a relationship, and one or both partners have genetic disorders that they do not want to risk passing on to their children
A vasectomy may not be a good choice for men that:
- Are in a relationship, and one partner is unsure about their desire to have children in the future
- Are in a relationship that is unstable, going through a stressful phase, or is very difficult in general
- Are thinking about having the operation just to please their partner
- Are counting on fathering children later by storing their sperm or reversing their vasectomy
- Are young and still have many life changes ahead
- Are single when they want to have a vasectomy. This includes men who are divorced, widowed, or separated
- Do not want, or have a partner who does not want, to be bothered by having to use other forms of birth control during sexual activity
In the case that you may need a vasectomy reversal, DMG‘s Men’s Health Clinic is there for you. Whether it is due to a change in your family or you simply just changed your mind – it’s as simple as a phone call away from your DMG doctor.
What Are the Risks?
There is no serious risk to vasectomy. Your semen will be tested in the months after the operation to make sure it does not contain sperm. As with any surgical procedure, infection, swelling, or prolonged pain can occur. Careful following of aftercare instructions reduces these risks significantly. Very rarely, the vas deferens can grow back together again. If this happens, sperm can mix with semen. This would make it possible for you to make a woman pregnant.
What are my surgical options?
A vasectomy is typically performed at the surgeon’s office using local anesthesia. You will be awake but not feel any pain.
A sharp instrument is used to pierce the skin and make a single opening. A stich or surgical glue is used to seal the openings in the procedure.
What is it?
Erectile Dysfunction refers to the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have satisfactory sexual intercourse. If you continuously get an erection sometimes (though not every time), get an erection but not long enough for sex or are unable to get an erection at all, you may have ED.
How common is it?
ED is the most common sexual problem in men and we know that ED affects over 30% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 years of age.
Also points to other ailments?
Problems getting or keeping an erection lasting more than a few weeks, actually may point to health problems such as diabetes or heart disease.
What May be Causing it?
ED can and does affect men regardless of race in all parts of the world. Aging plays a role however common causes are attributed to:
- High blood pressure
- Clogged arteries
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis
- Peyronie’s disease
Medications (including Cialis®, Viagra®, Levitra® & Staxyn®)
Barring any health restrictions, oral medications may be the best option for you. They have been known to work quite well, causing few side effects. These medication options –although different – essentially increase blood flow to the penis, which you and your doctor will evaluate for effectiveness.
Vacuum Erection Devices (VED) with Bands
This device is a specially designed vacuum tube that the penis goes into. A connected pump will then pump air out, enabling blood flow to the penis. A ring placed around the base of the penis will keep blood from flowing back into the body once you achieve an erection.
Corpus Cavernosum Injections
This requires a small injection that acts as a smooth muscle relaxant, enabling blood to flow to the penis.
Pellet (size of a grain of rice) placed into urine channel, which then causes the erectile tissues to relax—leading to increased blood flow.
This surgical procedure includes placing a device within the body to produce an erection-like state, allowing you to have normal sexual intercourse.
What is it?
PE is when a man has an orgasm sooner during intercourse than he or his partner wishes. We know that PE is a common problem among men – affecting about one in five men ages 18 to 59.
What May be Causing it?
Causes include both physical and psychological factors.
- Low amounts of serotonin in the brain
- Temporary depression
- Unrealistic expectations about performance
- History of sexual repression
- Lack of confidence
Taken daily or on demand, these medications are used to help delay ejaculation.
This includes learning exercises that help you develop tolerance to stimulation and delay ejaculation.
What is it?
Low Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone and low levels are attributed with affecting a man’s sex drive, physical features and mood. LT is a commonly found condition, one that actually affects over 13 million men. We know that aging is a driver in LT; as ones testosterone level gradually decline—with age—about 1% a year after age 30.
What are the Symptoms?
We know that symptoms of LT include:
- Diminished interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced lean body mass
- Depressed mood
- Lack of energy
Injection of a rice sized pellet directly into the fat below the skin.
Simple patch applied directly to specified area of body, every evening for about 24 hours.
Creams and gels applied directly to shoulder or upper arm area after taking a shower.
Generally administered every 1 to 4 weeks.
Our Men’s Health Clinic at DMG is here to serve you – our way of doing that is to offer the most comprehensive and accessible care, including prostate health and cancer screening.
Making astute decisions now greatly impacts your future. Using our partnership-based care approach, our goal is to understand your unique level of risk, overall health, life expectancy and screening preference to build the most advantageous prostate health care plan for you.
What is Prostate health all about?
The prostate is the gland below a man’s bladder that produces fluid for semen. Currently, Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in American men, with about 233,000 new cases diagnosed annually. That is why early detection through screenings today is vital to improving your health going forward.
Are there symptoms and risk factors?
- Family history
- Workplace exposures
- Inflammation of the prostate
- Sexually transmitted infections
In accordance with American Cancer Society guidelines, DMG recommends that men should be screened for prostate cancer after getting information about uncertainties, risks and potential benefits. If you are age 40 to 45 and at high risk of developing prostate cancer, it’s important to begin a discussion about getting a prostate cancer screening and get one if necessary. It’s recommended that men with average risk of developing prostate cancer begin have a discussion about screening options at age 50.
Tests and Examinations
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
This blood test is used to determine whether or not your PSA levels require further treatment, namely of the prostate.
This patient-specific blood test allows us to more accurately judge whether or not a patient has aggressive prostate cancer, using numerous indicators specific to patient.
Prostate Health Index (PHI)
This blood test utilizes identified PSA levels to produce a personalized score used to enhance decision making surrounding biopsy.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
This examination of the lower rectum, in which the doctor uses gloves and a lubricated finger to check for abnormalities.
What is it?
Peyronie’s disease is an acquired inflammatory condition affecting the penis in which painful, hard plaques form underneath the skin leading to penile curvature or possible painful erections. Peyronie’s disease can be found in 1%-23% of men between the ages of 40 and 70.
What are the symptoms?
- Penile curvature
- Lumps in the penis
- Painful erections
- Soft erections
What are the causes?
Causes can be attributed to mild trauma to the penis (thru vigorous sexual activity, sports, accidents etc.) but are also linked to both genetic makeup and environmental factors. Men that have relatives with the condition are more likely to be affected by the disease.
Health conditions including diabetes, tobacco use or history of pelvic trauma – can lead to abnormal wound healing and thus lead to development of Peyronie’s disease.
What treatments are available?
We treat Peyronie’s disease via Injection Therapy, specifically Xiaflex®. Xiaflex® is injected directly into the penis and breaks down the plaque which causes the curvature of the penis. Our compassionate physicians are here to help develop a personalized Peyronie’s disease treatment plan right along side you.