Dr. Scott Asroff Named Best of Burlington County 2018

2 Oct 2018 News

We’re pleased to announce that Scott W. Asroff, MDhas been named a 2018 Best of Burlington County winner by the Burlington County Times.

Honored as an Industry Leader, Dr. Asroff was named “Best Of” in Urology for 2018.  Read the complete list >

The Best of Burlington County is a list, compiled annually, of readers’ favorite businesses, products, and services in the community. More than 130,000 reader votes were cast in 2018.

Dr. Asroff practices general urology, with special interest in male reproductive health, stone disease, and urologic cancers. He practices in BordentownMount Laurel and Willingboro.

To make an appointment, please call 877-388-2778.

J.W. Childs Associates Forms Urology Management Associates with New Jersey Urology

5 Sep 2018 News

New Jersey Urology (NJU), the leading urology service provider in New Jersey, and J.W. Childs Associates (JWC), a leading middle-market private equity firm, have formed Urology Management Associates (UMA) that will provide administrative services to NJU. The establishment of UMA enables NJU to continue to focus on providing world-class urology services while remaining a physician-led organization. UMA plans to partner with additional urology groups to provide administrative practice management services initially in the greater New York metropolitan area with long-range plans to expand nationally.

Recognizing the benefits of scale, NJU recently merged with Delaware Valley Urology (DVU) to become the leading provider of urology services in New Jersey and the largest single-specialty urology group in the U.S. NJU provides complete urologic care and comprehensive individualized treatment for its patients, including men’s health, women’s health and cancer care.

Dr. Lewis Gold and Dr. Mitchell Eisenberg, operating partners at JWC and former President and CEO of Sheridan Healthcare, respectively, will join the board of UMA along with Adam Suttin, Managing Partner, David Fiorentino, Partner and Jeff Miller, Principal. Dr. Gold commented, “We are very excited to collaborate with NJU to continue to develop and expand a best-in-class urology practice management organization.”

Dr. Martin Goldstein, who was appointed President of NJU and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Acquisitions of UMA said, “We look forward to working with J.W. Childs Associates on expanding business opportunities for UMA while maintaining NJU’s medical practice independence. JWC’s expertise in managing large-scale practices and UMA’s ability to handle the significant administrative burden of NJU’s non-clinical operations will enable NJU and its physicians to continue to focus on high-quality clinical care to meet the demands of our patients.” Victor Houtz who has been the COO of NJU since 2009 has been named COO at UMA.

The Bloom Organization negotiated on behalf of the NJU and DVU physicians. Mr. Henry Bloom, the founder of The Bloom Organization, said, “Forming UMA shortly after the consummation of the NJU and DVU merger took an incredible effort from all parties and I commend everyone involved. I have represented physicians for the last 30 years and I believe that the growth potential for physician services is better now than I have ever seen. We found a great partner in JWC and its operating executives. I am excited to see this organization execute on its growth strategy in the coming years.”

J.W. Childs Associates is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market growth companies. Since inception in 1995, JWC has invested $3.7 billion of equity capital in 50 companies across the healthcare, consumer, and specialty retail/e-commerce industries. The firm’s success has been built on its industry focus and the extensive operating expertise of its partners.

The Bloom Organization advised NJU on the transaction with DLA Piper LLP serving as its legal counsel. McDermott Will & Emery LLP advised J.W. Childs.

Join NJU for a ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this Fall

22 Aug 2018 News

New Jersey Urology is proud to present South Jersey’s ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk to help end prostate cancer.

When: Sunday, November 4th | 9 a.m.
Where: Valenzano Winery (1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088)

The 2018 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – South Jersey features a 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. 5K and 1 Mile participants 21 and over (must show valid id) will receive a free wine glass and wine on race day.

The funds raised from 2018 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – South Jersey are invested around the country to provide research for new prostate cancer treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and education for men and families about prostate cancer. No other prostate cancer charity spends more per dollar on programs – more than 85 cents. ZERO puts every donation to good use.

REGISTER HERE

NJU Physicians Selected as South Jersey Magazine 2018 Top Physicians

10 Aug 2018 News

We’re proud to announce that two New Jersey Urology (formerly Delaware Valley Urology) physicians have been honored as South Jersey Magazine 2018 Top Physicians. These physicians were chosen by South Jersey Magazine readers, who were asked to nominate doctors who made a lasting impact. South Jersey Magazine also asked area hospitals and medical providers to nominate a select group of doctors they feel are worthy of the spotlight because of their dedication to their patients and their commitment to advancing health care in South Jersey.

South Jersey Magazine 2018 Top Physicians:

Read South Jersey Magazine’s complete list here >

Dr. Brian E. Weiss Joins New Jersey Urology

1 Aug 2018 News

We’re pleased to announce Brian E. Weiss, MD has joined our team in South Jersey.

Dr. Weiss has an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent several years working in finance and biotechnology prior to entering medical school.

After receiving his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a surgical internship and urologic surgical residency at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He complemented his training with a fellowship in Endourology, Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at Urology of Virginia/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Virginia Beach.

Dr. Weiss has a special interest in endourology, stone disease, and urologic oncology. He will practice in our Marlton and Mount Laurel offices.

To make an appointment, please call 877-388-2778.

5 Fascinating Myths About Robotic Surgery, Debunked

12 Jul 2018 Blog

With the robotic-assisted surgery arena growing bigger by the day—and commanded solely by the company behind da Vinci® robots—it’s no wonder that people may be becoming concerned about where the doctor ends and the machine begins (or simply fear robots will replace human beings altogether). In fact, these robots can be used in a variety of procedures—including urological, colorectal, cardiac, gynecological and thoracic surgeries. For urologists, the da Vinci robot is most commonly used to perform surgery for prostate cancer, as well as:

  • Bladder surgery
  • Kidney surgery
  • Urinary obstruction surgery
  • Uterine and vaginal vault prolapse surgery

We’re here to cast a better light on this misunderstood and life-changing surgical technique by dispelling some well-circulated myths and give you peace of mind when discussing your surgical options.

Myth #1: The robot performs the surgery and the surgeon is hands-off.

Fact: Though the word robot may imply autonomy, the robot serves as nothing more than a tool—not a replacement—for a surgeon.

During a robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon is stationed at a console and manipulates the arms of the robot using hand and foot controls. When the surgeon stops, so does the robot; the robot is not simply handed instructions and then let loose on your insides.

Myth #2: Robots replace the hands of surgeons, so clearance of cancer may not be as likely.

Fact: The whole point of robotic-assisted surgery is that the robot is able to make precise movements in a way that human hands simply are not capable of. Additionally, the robots are equipped with cameras that offer 3D definition vision that surpasses the abilities of the naked eye. These heightened abilities of the camera allow the surgeon to get a sense of the hardness and texture of organs in the body, which means tactile sensation is neither needed nor missed.

Myth #3: The robot can malfunction during my surgery and put my life at risk.

Fact: The robot goes through a thorough check and maintenance exam prior to every procedure. If anything is suspected to be wrong, the robot will not be used. Additionally, the robot is built with multiple safety features that prevent any malfunction from occurring when it’s in use; the arms will lock in place or gently hover, but cannot be forced in any direction.

Myth #4: Robotic surgery has no clear advantages over any other type of surgery.

Fact: Like other laparoscopic procedures, robotic-assisted surgery offers distinct advantages over open surgery, including:

  • A shorter hospital stay and recovery time
  • Less blood loss during the procedure
  • Less risk of complications during and after surgery
  • Lower risk of infection

Coupled with that, a recent small controlled study revealed that compared to flouro-guided surgery, there was a 78 percent decrease in radiation exposure.

Myth #5: Any surgeon can perform robotic-assisted surgery.

Fact: Like any specialized skill, it takes a foundation of training and experience to execute a technique. Remember, it is the surgeon behind the machine who is ultimately performing the surgery. The robot is simply a tool, a means to an end to achieve the best possible outcome.

Robotic-assisted surgery requires a whole different set of proficiencies compared to open surgery or other laparoscopic techniques; many surgeons are still not yet trained to master the nuances of this device. At New Jersey Urology (NJU), we are proud to employ surgeons who have extensive experience in performing procedures using this advanced technology.

Don’t let technophobia get the better of you. If your urologic condition requires surgical intervention, schedule a consultation with the robotic surgery specialists at NJU today to discuss your options.

New Jersey Urology Offers Innovative Program for Early Detection and Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

29 May 2018 News

New Care Pathway Program Uses Data Analytics to Improve Patient Outcomes

New Jersey Urology announced that their practice will now offer an innovative BPH Care Pathway program for the early detection and treatment of men with an enlarged prostate, also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). New Jersey Urology is the first in New Jersey to participate in this unique approach that combines patient education with data analytics to determine the best treatment options for men who have or are at risk of developing BPH. New Jersey Urology is recognized as a leader in the Delaware Valley region, providing exemplary care for men suffering from problems associated with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS).

The BPH Care Pathway Program is designed to provide targeted care to men who are at risk for BPH, a condition that affects 50 percent of men over the age of 50. Through data analytics, the program identifies patients with characteristics associated with BPH to detect the early onset or worsening of symptoms. Care teams for New Jersey Urology are able to communicate with patients proactively to accelerate the assessment of treatment options. The program has the potential to reduce overall healthcare expenses as a result of treating patients before symptoms worsen or complications occur.

“The BPH Care Pathway empowers patients with more insights into their condition, producing better health outcomes. When a patient is made fully aware of all of their options, everyone benefits,” said Dr. Thomas Mueller. “We are excited about this approach, which will help men achieve a higher quality of life. We believe this will become the new standard of care used by many physicians.”

Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems, loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.

Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and retrograde ejaculation.

“Many men suffer from the negative side effects of BPH medications and their quality of life is significantly impacted,” said Dr. David Sussman. “We want to give those patients a better alternative and the BPH Care Pathway allows for us to have these conversations. There are treatments available to men that are truly minimally invasive and very effective. But, our goal prior to implementation is to hone in on a comprehensive care assessment, and then fully educate them about their options.”

NJU Physicians Selected as Philadelphia Magazine 2018 Top Doctors

2 May 2018 News

We’re proud to announce that three New Jersey Urology (formerly Delaware Valley Urology) physicians have been honored as Philadelphia Magazine 2018 Top Doctors. These physicians were nominated by their peers as the very best in their field, and were carefully screened and vetted for educational and professional experience before being selected.

Philadelphia Magazine 2018 Top Doctors:

Read Philly Mag’s complete list here >

 

Dr. Arvind Srinivasan Joins New Jersey Urology

1 May 2018 News

We’re pleased to announce that Arvind Srinivasan, MD has joined our team in South Jersey.

Dr. Srinivasan earned his medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. He then completed his Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania and his Internship at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey.

Dr. Srinivasan is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Urological Association. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Srinivasan practices exclusively at the AtlantiCare Health Park in Egg Harbor Township.

Pelvic Floor Disorders: What You Need to Know

19 Apr 2018 Blog

What is the pelvic floor? What does it do?

The pelvic floor—which men and women both have—is a hammock-shaped group of muscles, connective tissues, and nerves that support the organs and help them function. Both men and women have a:

  • Bladder
  • Bowel
  • Rectum

Specifically, men also possess a prostate, whereas women possess a uterus and a vagina. These organs are also a part of the pelvic floor, which extends between the tailbone, pubic bone and hip bone.

What is pelvic floor disorder?

Pelvic floor disorder is a term that refers to a dysfunction of any parts of the pelvic floor, resulting in conditions such as:

  • Constipation, difficulties with emptying the bowels
  • Fecal incontinence, an inability to control bowel movements
  • Pain during intercourse or vaginal penetration
  • Pelvic organ prolapse, a weakness in the muscles that causes the organs to shift into the vaginal canal space
  • Urinary incontinence, a loss of control in managing the flow of urine

These conditions occur when the muscles become weakened or the connective tissue tears, typically due to trauma to the pelvic area, childbirth or natural deterioration with age. Genetics, excess weight (which places extra pressure on the pelvic floor) and lifestyle are also thought to play a role, as well as a variety of health issues such as:

  • Diabetes, which may impact how well the pelvic floor muscles function
  • Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disease of the nervous system that affects nerves and muscle movement
  • Stroke, which can damage the part of the brain that controls bladder/bowel movement or include a medication regimen that causes incontinence as a side effect
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal—typically in the neck or low back—that places pressure on the spinal cord or related nerves, potentially resulting in loss of bladder or bowel control

Symptoms can vary depending on what part of the pelvic floor is affected, but can include:

  • A feeling of needing to constantly have a bowel movement or a feeling of not completely emptying after a bowel movement
  • Any consistent pain in the pelvis, rectum or genital area, especially during intercourse
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Pressure sensation in the vagina, such as the feeling that you are sitting on something or is protruding from the vagina
  • Straining or having to shift position in order to complete a bowel movement or while trying to empty the bladder

Though pelvic floor disorder may sound scary, it is a fairly common issue, especially in women. In fact, according to one study, one-quarter of adult women in the U.S. report having at least one of these disorders.

Does an OB/GYN treat pelvic floor disorders? What kind of doctor should I see?

You can certainly speak to your OB/GYN or primary care provider (PCP) about the issues you may be experiencing, but your best bet is to be seen by a urogynecologist or a urologist who specializes in pelvic floor disorders.

What is a urogynecologist?

A urogynecologist is a urologist or OB/GYN who opts to undergo highly-specific subspecialty training for conditions that impact the pelvic floor, known as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification. This includes completing a fellowship—additional training after completing a residency program—that focuses on surgical and nonsurgical care of non-cancerous gynecologic issues.

When should I seek medical help for my pelvic floor disorder symptoms?

We understand that these issues can be uncomfortable to talk about, but they are common problems that can be medically managed with the right care. There is no reason to compromise your quality of life when there are plenty of treatment options available. Reach out to your PCP or OB/GYN for a urogynecologist recommendation.

At New Jersey Urology, we’re proud to have urogynecologists on staff to help patients living with these issues. Together, they offer years of combined experience in providing patients relief from pelvic floor disorders utilizing the latest techniques the industry has to offer, both surgical and nonsurgical, in a comfortable environment. This can include everything from specialized exercises (pelvic floor therapy) to a minimally invasive surgical repair of the pelvic floor.

Discover the difference in care for your pelvic floor disorder symptoms. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists, contact us today.

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