By Denise Freese
One reason some men avoid a vasectomy is because they’re afraid of the procedure itself. Having someone use a scalpel on delicate areas of the body can be a little scary. But what if you could have the same end result without the use of a scalpel?
No-scalpel vasectomies have been performed in the United States since 1988, and many consider the procedure to be one of the most effective forms of birth control. The difference between a no-scalpel and a conventional vasectomy lies in how the doctor accesses the vans deferens tubes, which need to be severed to block sperm transport. The traditional method involves two incisions that are later stitched closed. The no-scalpel method involves additional numbing procedures and one small opening (created without a scalpel) to access the tubes, which are sealed shut by being cauterized and tied off. This gentle technique doesn’t require stitches, and bleeding is minimal. The 20-30 minute procedure is performed in the doctor’s private office.
There are many benefits of a no-scalpel vasectomy over the conventional method. The procedure and recovery time are both faster, with fewer complications and less discomfort. The procedure is in-office, and doesn’t require a hospital visit. A no-scalpel vasectomy is equally effective as the conventional method, and best of all, no scalpel is needed.
The Board-Certified specialists at Advanced Urology Associates have treated adult and pediatric urology patients throughout Illinois for over 30 years. Each of their three locations is brand new, and offers state-of-the-art technology and a warm, comfortable atmosphere for patients.
Advanced Urology Associates
Joliet: (815) 409-4930
Morris: (815) 941-2990
New Lenox: (815) 726-3110
Enlarged prostate affects as many at 70 percent of men by the time they are in their 60s. Advanced Urology Associates offers a state of the art minimally invasive procedure called UroLift. It has long term positive effects and enables men to keep their sexual function. Living Healthy Chicago’s Jane Monzures talks with Dr. Greg Andros about this procedure. Urolift moves the prostate to allow for proper functioning of the urethra without removing the prostate.
To learn more about UroLift, contact Advanced Urology Associates at 847-572-5504. Advanced Urology Associates is designated as a UroLift Center of Excellence.
The UroLift procedure lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. Benefits of UroLift include:
• Rapid symptom relief
• Symptom relief better than reported for medications¹
• Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP²
• Preservation of sexual function
• Return to normal activity in days not months
• Increased quality of life
• No ongoing BPH medications
• 19 clinical study publications; 4-years published clinical data
Enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can seriously impact quality of life. And conventional treatments like medication and surgery can have serious drawbacks, including impact on sexual function.
Urolift is the only FDA-cleared treatment with clinical data showing preservation of sexual function. It involves no ongoing BPH medication, no cutting, heating, or removal of tissue, can be done under local anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour. Patients undergoing the UroLift procedure experience rapid symptom relief and recovery.
Join us in our efforts to help end prostate cancer.
ZERO is proud to partner with Advanced Urology Associates to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Chicago are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer.
This year’s event will take place 8:00am Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Advanced Urology Associates, 1541 Riverboat Center, Joliet, IL 60431. There will be free parking on race day across Houbolt Drive, near Heroes West.
The 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Chicago features a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.