|Men’s Health has become an important health care issue throughout the nation. Bronx-Lebanon’s Urology Department team, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Silletti, is continuing to take a dynamic approach in addressing the wide range of health issues that impact the male population. These include prostate and testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, mid-life crisis, and male incontinence.
Another important initiative of the department has been targeted towards infertility. It is estimated that one-third of the problems in infertile couples are caused by men. As a result, the department has put into place special diagnostic evaluation and treatment
procedures, as well as comprehensive educational programs.
The department’s progress in addressing the high incidence of prostate cancer is especially significant. This disease is most prevalent in inner city communities. Bronx-Lebanon’s free prostate cancer screenings attract hundreds of participants annually.
“The reaction to the screenings has been very encouraging. As a result, we are often able to detect this cancer at an early and treatable stage,” stated Dr. Silletti.
When treatment of prostate cancer is necessary, a comprehensive array of treatment modalities are available. Minimally invasive to radical surgical procedures, as well as state-of-the-art Intermodulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) are employed. For those patients not responding to radiation therapy, the department uses cryosurgery, a highly technical procedure to address the prostate cancer problem.
While the Urology Department places an emphasis on men’s health, it remains dedicated to meeting the urological needs of women, as well. Much is being done to treat urinary incontinence, a problem that is most common in women. At Bronx-Lebanon’s state-of-the-art Incontinence Center, those who suffer from incontinence may elect minimally invasive surgery or the most up to date surgical alternatives.
A comprehensive array of treatment modalities are available for patients with kidney stones, including an electro-shockwave Lithotripsy Unit to treat men and women. As a result of recent growth in the Urology staff, outpatient services have been significantly expanded to accommodate the increasing needs and demands of the male population.