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The 3 Most Common Concerns Regarding Men’s Urological Health
Hint: They’re all below the belt and above the knees.
It’s not easy for men to discuss what goes on below their belts and above their knees. Urologists are able to answer any questions men have about their private parts; they’re the best ones to contact, because they specialize in that particular area of men’s health. At Advanced Urology Associates, all the urologists and physician’s assistants are Board Certified, which ensures they are very knowledgeable about such matters.
Ryan Lewis is a PA at Advanced Urology who focuses entirely on men’s urological health. The three most common concerns that Lewis hears from patients include erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, and penile pain or curvature. “For erectile dysfunction, we address the possible causes, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or neurological conditions,” he explained. “We then discuss the treatment options, which may include medications, penile injections, or a penile prosthesis.”
For low testosterone, possible causes can include aging, genetics, poor diet, medical conditions, lack of sleep, and side effects of certain medications. “I work to determine the cause, and then I explain to patients how we diagnose low testosterone, which begins with a morning blood test,” said Lewis. “Finally, we discuss the most common treatment options, which can include testosterone gels, injections, or pellets.”
For penile pain or curvature, Lewis discusses the possible causes; the most common is Peyronie’s Disease. “We discuss the causes and the natural history of Peyronie’s Disease, as some cases resolve on their own,” he said. “We then discuss treatment options, with the most common being a medication called Xiaflex.”
When asked what men can do, in general, to avoid some of these urological problems that arise, Lewis responded that some medical conditions are determined by genetics, and are thus unavoidable. “However, many conditions are preventable by eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night,” he added. “Men need regular checkups with a primary care physician to ensure their blood pressure and laboratory values are normal, including blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Seeing a urologist sooner, rather than later, will also help prevent any existing conditions from getting worse or from affecting a man’s quality of life.”
Lewis went on to explain that there is nothing that he and his colleagues at AUA haven’t seen or heard of. “We value every patient’s privacy, and we do our best to develop a trusting relationship with each patient to improve their quality of life. We want everyone to feel free to contact us with any questions.”
“The best part of my job with AUA is developing strong and trusting relationships with my patients so they feel comfortable discussing their concerns,” he said. “I also enjoy determining the appropriate treatment option for them that will significantly improve their quality of life.”
Lewis earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Chicago and attended Baylor College of Medicine for his PA degree. He received his Urology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern, and has been a Board Certified PA since 2015.
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