Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: What do you tell male patients about men’s health clinics?
"Men primarily ask me about treatments those centers offer for ED or low testosterone. Patients ask, ‘Are they offering something other than what you guys do, and who’s doing it?’
I tell patients, ‘Look on the website; see who is running those clinics.’ If they don’t have a doctor listed, I wouldn’t bother going. If doctors are afraid to put their name behind the clinic, it’s probably some place patients should avoid.
Some clinics offer shock wave therapy for ED; some offer platelet-rich plasma; some, bioidentical hormone substitution. Patients ask whether they should consider those therapies. Typically, I counsel them to avoid therapies which haven’t been proven successful through randomized clinical trials.
Some men go, then come back and say it didn’t do anything. Others go and we never see them again. It really depends. Most times, we offer patients enough alternatives that they really don’t need to go there.
The usual feedback from men who have gone is that the places were a little sketchy. They weren’t sure if the people running them were doctors or nurses or what. They didn’t get good explanations about exactly what they were doing. A lot of these places prey on men who are looking for alternative treatments they think the medical establishment doesn’t consider.
They make promises they can’t keep, like ‘we guarantee you’ll be able to get an erection,’ but when it’s not the appropriate treatment, patients end up with a priapism and have to come to us. When they find their way here, we treat them with proven treatments.”
Jason Kovac, MD / Greenwood, IN