Urology treats conditions involving the kidney, bladder, prostate and male reproductive system, including prostate cancer, incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
December 2017 News:
Burnside Hospital is delighted to announce the addition of three Urologists, Dr Mark Lloyd, Dr Peter Penkoff and Dr Dan Spernat to our hospital.
The three specialists will offer multidisciplinary care to patients with a range of issues. Prostate cancer is a very common disease and its incidence is increasing as the male population lives longer. Surgery for this common cancer remains important with novel surgical approaches now available. Burnside is well placed to manage urological procedures in conjunction with our wide specialist network and exceptional oncology service at the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre.
Burnside Hospital CEO, Heather Messenger, says the addition of the expanded urology service has been a long-term project and will ‘not only add another valuable provision to the hospital’s offerings and support our other specialists, but will welcome a new cohort of patients to the hospital and assist with recalibrating our focus in line with our vision and mission to include a greater proportion of men’s health’. It is anticipated that the investment in our new day surgery facilities will enable the expanded urology service to provide procedures such as cystoscopy, vasectomy, urethral strictures and scrotal surgery immediately; with other procedures including the management of lower urinary tract conditions such as prostate and stone related disease procedures available in 2018.
It’s not surprising that men visit the doctor less frequently, for less time, and only go when their condition is in its later stages. Burnside Hospital Visiting Urologist Dr Peter Penkoff has three key things men can do to keep their urological health in check:
- Speak to your GP about a PSA check
- Monitor changes to your urinary tract – frequency, urgency and night-time trips to the bathroom
- Conduct a testicular self-examination for irregularities, lumps and changes