“Treat the patient and not just the illness” – that has been my guiding principle for 40 years. Treating just the new problem with a quick fix is like whitewash – nothing has changed. It has just been covered over.
A recent article from New York Presbyterian Hospital reinforced my thinking about treating urology patients. The author pointed out that men with problems “below the waist” (prostate problems, hormone problems, sexual problems) also frequently are overweight, have high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and don’t exercise. Stated another way, urologists “have to start thinking above the waist” in order to make a real difference for these patients.
Consequently, at Exceed Hormone Specialists, we have taken a hard look at the way we assign categories to healthcare delivery. Most of this change is appropriate and much needed: women’s health care, elder care, preventive care, and so on. My view of urology has changed also and I have created a spotlight on men’s health care. Men’s Health will focus on the unique health needs and services that are required to treat the whole person, not just today’s problem.
This comprehensive, holistic approach will look at the “big picture” issues for patients, addressing not just the specific urologic organ but also considering the overall serious urologic effects of poor weight management, decreased exercise, poor diet and work and environmental stress.
Many common urology problems can be managed in an office setting and do not require hospitalization or extensive outside testing. Such problems as prostate difficulties, hormone deficiency, minor but aggravating infections, sexual difficulties, and yearly checkups are ideal for outpatient office management.
Managing such problems successfully and avoiding invasive procedures often requires more time and intensity and personal interest than patients can find in a typical frantic office setting.
Our approach to every problem, small or large, is to perform a complete evaluation so that we understand all of your medical and personal issues on the front end. Such an approach requires time and experience – and that is our commitment to our patients.
Richard M. Pearson MD, FACS
Diplomate American Board of Urology