I recently attended the 2018 American Urological Association’s annual meeting and, of all the sessions I attended, I think one of the most interesting was on erectile dysfunction (ED). Why? ED is exceptionally common and the data presented at the conference reinforced my belief that I as a urologist can successfully treat the vast majority of patients. Too many physicians leave the treatment of this disease to doc-in-a-box “health centers” that are more interested in profit than patients. Anyone fighting this medical condition should be seen and treated by a licensed provider who is able to offer the full range of treatment options from oral medications to injection therapy to surgery. Don’t be fooled by the commercials you see on TV, if you battle this condition, please call and make an appointment today.
Micro Blog Articles by Henry Rosevear, MD
Urology is an ever-changing field. New medicines are discovered and new surgical procedures are created frequently. On this page, I hope to highlight some of the newest changes in urology. Please visit it frequently as I add topics constantly!
Read recent articles written by urologist, Henry Rosevear, MD of Five Roses Urology below ...
Doctors have been telling patients (and themselves) that being overweight is bad for your health since the beginning of time. Clearly, though, the message is not getting across. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 36% of Americans are obese and that percentage is increasing every year.
Well, if you needed another reason to consider losing weight, according to a recent article in the Renal and Urology News, kidney cancer is now linked to obesity also. As well as esophageal, colon, breast and pancreatic cancer!
No one says that losing weight is easy. I can speak from personal experience as I am currently dieting with only moderate success but there is nothing better you can do for your own personal health than losing weight.
Do you have problems with libido? Is your energy level not where it once was? Do you feel excessively tired? Maybe you have “Low T”? Based on the ads I see on TV, the decision to start testosterone therapy is easy. But it’s not, while the number of men who could benefit from testosterone replacement is significant, hormone replacement has numerous risks which we are only beginning to fully understand including heart disease, stroke, prostate problems, liver problems and snoring. A full and detailed medical evaluation with an emphasis on understanding the pros and cons is required before starting this potentially life altering treatment.
If you have more questions about testosterone replacement, read my article in the Urology Times on the topic or read this recent article published by Harvard Medical School and if you still have questions, call my office at 531-7007 for an appointment.
If two 747’s were to crash every week, would you fly? And yet that same number of Americans die every week from an opioid overdose. If you knew that approximately 10% of patients on opioids become addicted, would you take them? And yet thousands of new prescriptions are written every week.
Ever since the late 1990’s when pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers, the number of prescriptions for pain killers sky rocketed. I am part of the generation of doctors who were taught that opioids were safe. We were taught wrong.
No one is arguing that acute pain should not be controlled, but I along with the entire medical community are awakening to the dangers of chronic opioid use and it is my hope that through patient education and better monitoring of prescription pain use that we can get this medical crisis under control. It’s the right thing to do.
If you want to read more about this terrible tragedy, I recommend starting with this website from the National Institute of Health.
Our understanding of prostate cancer has changed dramatically in the last decade. It has gone from being considered a death sentence to a disease that when properly managed rarely causes life limiting problems. And while most newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients can be safely observed, a small percentage do require intervention with either surgery or radiation. A new study (http://www.europeanurology.com/article/S0302-2838(17)31031-X/fulltext) shows that the cancer control outcomes of surgery and radiation are very similar and given the significant differences in complications between those treatment modality, this is great news for many patients!