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Thu, Mar 21 8:00am · Steam Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in Men's Health

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It is the genetic destiny of men, as they get older, to start to experience problems with their prostate. Half of men who have prostate problems, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), will experience bothersome symptoms.

Active surveillance, oral medication, lasers or an electric loop that burn the prostate tissue from the inside out  have been historic treatments for BPH. However, steam treatment has shown great promise and is changing the way BPH is treated.

Steam treatment is a convective water therapy that shrinks the prostate. The procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office and has a low risk for complications and side effects.

Dr. Tobias Kohler, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, discusses steam treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Wed, Feb 20 8:00am · Online Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction in Men's Health

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Don’t get tricked into bogus erectile dysfunction treatments.  Roughly 50 percent of men will experience erectile dysfunction at some point, but zero percent of men want to talk about erectile dysfunction.

Dr. Tobias Kohler, a Mayo Clinic sexual health expert, says there are excellent treatments available, but too often he sees patients waste hundreds or even thousands of dollars on so-called natural remedies or “magical” cures that do absolutely nothing to help the problem.

A few unproven treatments Dr. Kohler frequently gets asked about:

  • shockwave therapy
  • platelet rich plasma therapy
  • stem cell therapy

Instead, he says just talk to your health care provider who can give you a scientifically proven treatment that may even be covered by insurance and who can also help treat whatever may be causing erectile dysfunction.

 

 

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Thu, Jan 31 8:00am · Vasectomy Reversal - Overview in Men's Health

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Dr. Landon Trost, specialist in male infertility and andrology, provides a general overview on vasectomy reversal. Vasectomy reversal is surgery to undo a vasectomy. It reconnects each tube (vas deferens) that carries sperm from a testicle into the semen. After a successful vasectomy reversal, sperm are again present in the semen and you may be able to get your partner pregnant.

Success rates with vasectomy reversal will range from about 40 percent to over 90 percent. Many factors affect whether a reversal is successful in achieving pregnancy, including time since a vasectomy, partner age, definition of success, and surgeon experience and training.

This video is one of several in a series on vasectomy reversal discussing:

  • the condition
  • treatment
  • costs
  • outcomes
  • potential complications

To request further information, please email vasectomyreversal@mayo.edu and request a questionnaire.

 

 

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Thu, Jan 24 8:00am · Peyronie's Disease Therapies in Men's Health

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Landon Trost, M.D., Assistant Professor of Urology and specialist in andrology and male infertility, discusses Peyronie’s Disease therapies. Peyronie’s (pay-roe-NEEZ) disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections. He provides an overview of each treatment with the most recent evidence-based research findings.

Treatments:

  • Pills
  • Topical Agents
  • Vacuum Devices/Penile Traction
  • Intralesional Injections
  • Surgery

 

 

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Thu, Jan 17 8:00am · Penile Traction Device for Peyronie's Disease in Men's Health

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Peyronie’s (pay-roe-NEEZ) disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections.  This can prevent you from having sex or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction). For many men, Peyronie’s disease also causes stress and anxiety.

Symptoms

  • A significant bend to the penis. Your penis might be curved upward, downward or bent to one side. In some cases, the erect penis might have narrowing, indentations or an hourglass appearance, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
  • Scar tissue. The scar tissue (plaques) associated with Peyronie’s disease can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
  • Erection problems. Peyronie’s disease might cause problems getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
  • Shortening of the penis. Your penis might become shorter as a result of Peyronie’s disease.
  • Pain. You might have penile pain, with or without an erection.

Landon Trost, M.D., provides background information as to why a new penile traction technology was developed by Mayo Clinic and licensed to PathRight Medical (www.restorex.com). A penile traction device is a device meant to stretch the penis (penile traction therapy). Common problems with existing technology included painful or ineffective clamps, lack of sufficient traction, inability to get feedback on the amount of traction required, need for extended use (greater than 5-9 hours daily), and a lack of ability to provide counter-bending forces.

 

 

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Thu, Jan 10 8:00am · Testosterone Therapy in Men's Health

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Urologist Dr. Landon Trost shares the latest research on testosterone therapy for older men.  For most men, testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. Then, as men get older, testosterone levels gradually fall.  If testosterone drops below a certain level, it can cause symptoms.

In adult males, hypogonadism may alter certain masculine physical characteristics and impair normal reproductive function. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Decrease in beard and body hair growth
  • Decrease in muscle mass
  • Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
  • Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)

To see if testosterone therapy may be right for you, make an appointment to see your doctor and assess your symptoms. He or she can do a thorough evaluation and help you decide what, if any, treatment you may need.

 

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Thu, Jan 3 8:00am · Overview of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in Men's Health

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Dr. Tobias Kohler, urologist at Mayo, discusses an overview of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition as men get older. The overview includes diagnosis, symptoms, quality of life, and treatment options.

An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder.

Symptoms

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder

 

There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, these include:

  • Medications
  • Minimally invasive therapies
  • Surgery

 

 

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Dec 27, 2018 · Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in Men's Health

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Tobias S. Kohler, M.D., is a urologist at Mayo Clinic, with specialty interest and fellowship training in men’s health. He explains the latest treatments for erectile dysfunction. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

When to see a doctor

A family doctor is a good place to start when you have erectile problems. See your doctor if:

  • You have concerns about your erections or you’re experiencing other sexual problems such as premature or delayed ejaculation
  • You have diabetes, heart disease or another known health condition that might be linked to erectile dysfunction
  • You have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction

 

 

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