Advances in Healthcare

Advances in Men’s Healthcare  

We, at Northern Connection magazine, are proud to help create awareness regarding several healthcare concerns that can effect men and in some cases both men and women, throughout their lives and the various methods of care and treatments that are available from the dedicated healthcare professionals in our area.

Colon and Rectal Cancer – Colon and rectal cancer is PREVENTABLE, through a procedure known as a colonoscopy. “A colonoscopy is a 20-30 minute procedure that uses an optic probe while the patient is asleep to check the health and wellness of the bowel. Colon and rectal cancer begins as a growth known as a polyp. Should the probe find a polyp, even a very small one, it can be immediately removed via the probe with no invasive surgery required,” explains Dr. Brad Levinson, Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon. Due to the increase in awareness and more people having colonoscopies, rates of colon cancer have dropped about 30 percent over the past ten years. Yet, over 40 percent of people do not have colonoscopies on a regular basis. “For the probe to get the clearest picture of the colon as possible, patients are required to prepare for the colonoscopy by flushing the colon by drinking a colonoscopy prep,” continues Dr. Levinson. “Fortunately, there have been tremendous advances in the prep as well as the procedure. Now patients have easy-to-drink, more flavorful options of only one cupful of prep that works overnight.” This is a dramatic change to the large quantities of liquid that were required only a few years ago. Dr. Brad Levinson is a Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon. His office is conveniently located in Cranberry Township at 105 Brandt Drive, Suite 202. To schedule an appointment to discuss the procedure and easy alternatives for the colonoscopy prep, call Dr. Brad Levinson, at (724) 741-6020.

 Podiatry (Foot Care) – According to Dr. Teimouri, DPM, there have been significant advances in treatments for sufferers of a whole plethora of foot ailments, many of which are non-surgical or minimally invasive. For example, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive solution that treats a variety of conditions such as tendonitis in the Achilles tendon, heel, sole or arch using pressure waves through water, completely outside the body. ESWT breaks up chronic inflammation and scar tissue to promote a more natural way of healing. In addition, there are several laser treatments available for conditions such as planter warts and toenail fungus. These treatments are relatively pain free but most importantly, they are DRUG-FREE treatments. There is also an incredible new office procedure to correct hammertoes. With only a shot of Novocain, a less than one centimeter incision at the knuckle and a few stitches, the arthritis causing the pain is removed. According to a recent patient survey of this ten-minute office procedure, “I wish I’d have known how easy this was, I would have done it years ago.” For more information on these and other foot care treatments, contact Dr. Christina Teimouri, DPM at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic with its five convenient locations of Cranberry, Ambridge, Hopewell, Chippewa and Moon Township by calling 724-375-1577 or visit http://www.bvfootclinic.com.

Peripheral Neuropathy – Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Many patients are suffering from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, difficulty walking, numbness and even interruption of sleep. However there is now an innovative, specialized treatment protocol that includes 9 specific combination of treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Locally, this innovative treatment protocol is offered at the Chiropractic Family Health Center. For a FREE Consultation contact Dr. Shawn Richey at (724) 940-9000 or through the website at www.backnline.com.

Urology – Today, many difficulties that face men as they age can be treated with medications and in cases where medications or side effects are ineffective or problematic, there are minimally invasive procedures that can help. For example, “if a man is having to urinate frequently or throughout the night, it may be due to an enlarged prostate that is causing stress on the bladder, explains Urologist Dr. Herman Bagga, M.D. “The enlarged prostate may just be due to age and can be reduced through medications or via cystoscopy, minimally invasive procedures can be performed to remove excess amounts of prostate tissue. Whether through medications or a cystoscope, the patient has improved function and quality of life.” Dr. Bagga also advises, “Men over 55 years of age or men with significant risk factors for cancer such as a strong family history can consider screening for prostate cancer with annual prostate exams.” Other dysfunctions that can be treated by an urologist include erectile dysfunction which may be caused by diabetes or a vascular problem that can be corrected. Likewise, a man with a low libido or suffering from fatigue may require testosterone supplements. In the case of infertility, an urologist will work together with a fertility endocrinologist to determine the best treatments. Dr. Herman Bagga, M.D. practices with the Triangle Urology Group which has six convenient office locations including the Health + Wellness Pavilion in Wexford. For more information, visit http://triangleurology.com.

Be sure and look for more Advances in the Healthcare in our very special 2016 Physicians & Specialist Guide in the upcoming July issue! If you know of additional healthcare treatments and procedures, be sure and let us know so that we can continue to inform and create awareness for the community by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or calling (724) 940-2444.

 

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