To keep yourself as healthy as possible and feel your best, it may help to think of it like the vehicle you drive every day: your vehicle needs oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks, brake inspections and other regular maintenance. Your body is the same. Preventive care is vital to keeping yourself in top condition. Still, many men avoid the doctor, scheduling appointments only when they’re sick. That’s like waiting to test your vehicle’s battery until your vehicle won’t start.
When you visit your primary care doctor regularly and receive the preventive care recommended for a man your age, you’ll have a better chance of fending off chronic diseases and other health problems that can alter your life dramatically.
At Gundersen, your primary care doctor works with you to ensure you’re up to date with:
When you need care beyond illness prevention, our board certified, experienced urologists can help. They perform surgery for a number of male-specific conditions, including:
Thanks to technology, you have several options when you need urologic surgery. These options offer minimally invasive surgery that often means less pain and shorter recovery time:
- Laparoscopic: uses small incisions
- Endoscopic: uses a natural body opening
- Robotic: uses da Vinci® Surgical System
Male Breast Reduction
Changes in hormone levels or how the body responds to hormones due to aging, steroid use, tumors and some medical conditions and/or treatments can cause enlarged breasts in men. This condition is called gynecomastia.
Male breast reduction is a surgical option performed at Gundersen to remove excess tissue in men with gynecomastia. This may be your best option for breast enlargement that is extreme, uneven or does not go away.
Start with a confidential consultation with a board-certified Gundersen plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and expectations.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair treatments help to eliminate unwanted hair or ingrown hairs, and the need for shaving and waxing. It effectively reduces unwanted hair on the chest, back, back of neck, ears, eyebrows and most parts of the body.
Heat energy destroys the follicle and prevents hair regrowth. The laser can be adjusted depending on the color, size or location of the hair treated. The laser targets the pigment in the hair so people with light skin and dark hair may have better success. It may be less effective for people with darker skin and hair, blonde hair or gray/white hair. Treatment results are long lasting, but because the laser is effective only on actively growing hair, and not all hair is active at the same time, multiple sessions may be needed.
Many people believe infertility is a woman's problem. Studies show though, that male factor is present in about 50 percent of couples seeking infertility investigation and testing. If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant and have a diagnosis that includes male infertility, consider scheduling a consultation at Gundersen.