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.

Delaware Valley Urology Merges with New Jersey Urology

1 Apr 2018 News

The merger creates largest urology network in the United States

We’re pleased to announce that effective April 1, 2018, Delaware Valley Urology, LLC, has merged with New Jersey Urology, LLC.

The newly-formed organization will create the largest group of urologists in the United States, with 96 providers in 46 locations across the state of New Jersey, including 4 Cancer Treatment Centers.

The combined organization has identified both clinical and operational improvements as a result of the merger, which will lead to more robust resources for patients and employees alike.

“Our organizations have similar missions — to provide the best, compassionate urological care to the wonderful communities we serve,” said Kathy Schleider, Chief Operating Officer at Delaware Valley Urology. “We believe that together, we’ll be in a stronger position to provide high-quality, innovative care and serve a greater population.”

The central business office for the newly-formed organization will be located in Bloomfield, NJ, with regional operations in Mount Laurel, NJ.

“Although our name will change, we will remain committed to clinical excellence, compassionate patient service, and exceptional care delivery,” said Dr. David Sussman, President at Delaware Valley Urology. “Our commitment to our patients will always be our top priority.”

Dr. Mark Fallick Appointed Medical Director of Surgical Services at Virtua

19 Feb 2018 News

Delaware Valley Urology’s Mark L. Fallick, MD, MBA, FACS, has been appointed Medical Director of Surgery at Virtua Hospitals. Under the leadership of Howard J. Winter, MD, Program Director of Surgery at Virtua Hospitals, Dr. Fallick will offer administrative support of the surgical program, including the development and organization of department protocols.

A graduate of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, Dr. Fallick was amongst the first graduating class from Heller’s Executive MBA (EMBA) for Physicians. This program – designed for practicing physicians – focuses on the development of physician leaders in healthcare organizations, covering topics ranging from health policy and economics to operational systems management.

Board certified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Fallick is fellowship-trained and has extensive experience in men’s health, male infertility, treatment of low-testosterone, and microsurgery, including vasectomy reversal. He has been performing no-scalpel vasectomies and minimally-invasive procedures to treat enlarged prostate for 20 years.

Dr. Fallick maintains privileges at Virtua Hospitals in Marlton and Voorhees, NJ.

 

About Delaware Valley Urology, LLC: Delaware Valley Urology, LLC, is the largest network of urology specialists in Southern New Jersey. Our team of more than 30 physicians offer top-notch urological care in 11 office locations spanning six counties from central Jersey to the Jersey shore, in addition to maintaining privileges at more than a dozen area hospitals. Our team provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of urological conditions, from general urology to advanced prostate cancer. With personalized nurse navigation and a centralized patient access center, patient care is our top priority. Learn more at www.dvurology.com.

About Virtua: As one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 500 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,000 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley many times since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.

Delaware Valley Urology, LLC partners with AtlantiCare Physician Group

5 Feb 2018 News

Delaware Valley Urology, LLC (DVU) has partnered with AtlantiCare Physician Group Specialty Care, a member of Geisinger.

DVU services at AtlantiCare include diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of general and specialty urological care for adults.

A team of DVU physicians sees patients at the AtlantiCare Health Park Egg Harbor Township Campus, Building 800, 2500 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The physicians, all members of AtlantiCare’s Medical Staff, also have privileges at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. They include:

  • Randy Ackerman, MD
  • Scott Asroff, MD
  • Robert Barsky, DO
  • Jeffrey Becker, MD
  • Douglas Berkman, MD
  • Michael Bernstein, MD
  • Gordon Brown, DO
  • Rajen Butani, MD
  • Shih-Han Chow, MD
  • Philip Dorsey Jr., MD
  • Mark Fallick, MD
  • Samuel Goldenberg, MD
  • Robert Goldlust, MD
  • Sanjay Kasturi, MD
  • Louis Keeler III, MD
  • Mitchell Kotler, MD
  • Evan Krisch, MD
  • Robert Linden, MD
  • Thomas Mueller, MD
  • Marcella Nachmann, DO
  • Adam Perzin, MD
  • James Sipio, MD
  • David Sussman, DO
  • Paul Thur, MD
  • Heather Wargo, MD

AtlantiCare Physician Group offers primary, specialty and urgent care services in locations throughout five counties in southern New Jersey.

To schedule an appointment with a Delaware Valley Urology provider or other AtlantiCare provider, or for more information about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.

AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,900 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013. Learn more at www.atlanticare.org.

Delaware Valley Urology, LLC, is the largest network of urology specialists in southern New Jersey. Its team of more than 30 physicians offers advanced urological care in 11 office locations spanning six counties from southern to central New Jersey. DVU providers have privileges at more than a dozen hospitals, including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The DVU team provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of urological conditions, from general urology to advanced prostate cancer. It offers personalized nurse navigation and a centralized patient access center. Learn more at www.dvurology.com.

Dr. David Sussman and Dr. Thomas Mueller Designated as Urolift® Centers of Excellence

28 Dec 2017 News

We’re proud to announce that the offices of Dr. David O. Sussman and Dr. Thomas J. Mueller have been designated as UroLift® Centers of Excellence. The designation recognizes that Drs. Sussman and Mueller have achieved a high level of training and experience, leading to “best-in-class” clinical results with the UroLift System. Delaware Valley Urology continuously demonstrates a commitment to excellent care for men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate.

“The UroLift System is a breakthrough minimally invasive treatment that typically takes less than an hour and can offer multiple benefits for men with enlarged prostate – no cutting, heating, or removal of tissue, minimal downtime, no compromise of sexual function, and no need for continued medications,” said Dr. Mueller. “I am proud that we are a national leader offering this breakthrough treatment option.”

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, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.

Five-year data from a randomized study shows the UroLift System offers not only rapid improvement, but also durable relief for patients with BPH. After five years, patients treated with the UroLift System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring an additional procedure for relief. A second randomized clinical trial called “BPH6” demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift System compares very well to the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering more rapid recovery.

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.

About the UroLift System

NeoTract’s FDA-cleared UroLift System is a novel, minimally invasive technology for treating lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The UroLift permanent implants, delivered during a minimally invasive transurethral outpatient procedure, relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra directly without cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue. Clinical data from a pivotal 206-patient randomized controlled study showed that patients with enlarged prostate receiving UroLift implants reported rapid and durable symptomatic and urinary flow rate improvement without compromising sexual function. Patients also experienced a significant improvement in quality of life. Most common adverse events reported include hematuria, dysuria, micturition urgency, pelvic pain, and urge incontinence. Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure. The UroLift System is available in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Learn more at http://www.UroLift.com.

DVU Physicians Honored as 2017 South Jersey Top Docs

7 Dec 2017 News

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re proud to reflect on the physicians at Delaware Valley Urology who have been chosen by their patients and their peers as 2017 “Top Docs.”

South Jersey Magazine 2017 Top Physicians:

  • Dr. Robert Barsky – Top Urologist, nominated by Kennedy Health
  • Dr. Thomas Mueller – Top Urologist, Readers’ Choice

Read South Jersey Magazine’s complete list here >

SJ Mag 2017 Top Docs:

  • Dr. Adam Perzin – Top Urologist, selected by SJ Mag Patient Poll
  • Dr. Evan Krisch – Top Urologist, selected by SJ Physicians
  • Dr. David Sussman – Top Urologist, selected by SJ Physicians

Read SJ Mag’s complete list here >

NJU Welcomes Dr. Nyarai Mushonga

4 Dec 2017 News

Nyarai Mushonga, MD is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery specializing in:

  • Bladder dysfunction disorders
  • Bladder pain
  • Cystocele
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Female pelvic pain
  • Fistulas
  • Hysterectomy
  • Labial hypertrophy
  • Overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapses
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Robotic surgery
  • Urethral diverticulum
  • Urine leakage
  • Vaginal rejuvenation

Education

  • Rutgers University—undergraduate degree
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School—medical degree
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—master’s degree in public health
  • Greenwich Hospital—internal medicine residency internship
  • Cooper University Hospital— residency in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine—fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • HackensackUMC Mountainside

Locations

  • Glen Ridge
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