Men’s clinic first for province – Winnipeg Free Press

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The first clinic in the province, focused on men’s health, will open at the end of February.

Men’s Health Clinic Manitoba will be led by co-founders Dr. Jay Nayak, a urologic oncologist, and Dr. Premal Patel, a urologist, who are both assistant professors in the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

When it opens at Seasons of Tuxedo in southern Winnipeg, it will be the first men’s health clinic in Manitoba and the first to be run by urology specialists in Canada, Patel said.

dr. Jay Nayak (left) and Dr. Premal Patel are the co-founders of the Manitoba Men’s Health Clinic, a first of its kind clinic to open soon in Winnipeg. (Mike Deal/Winnipeg Free Press)

“Right now there are many disjointed aspects of health care, and unfortunately things have worsened with COVID, waiting times are getting quite long for procedures, even consultations,” he said Tuesday.

“So our goal is to have a streamlined approach to these conditions — men suffering from erectile dysfunction, men with testosterone problems, men with penile curvatures — many of these conditions are very common, many men don’t really know much about them, and they don’t really know where to go.”

The first point of contact for these problems is usually a primary care physician, who then refers the patient to specialists such as Patel and Nayak. Specialized referrals can take three to 12 months, especially when the referral is not considered malicious or urgent.

The pair hope that having specialists and an on-site GP in one place will enable patients to self-refer to the clinic, reducing waiting times and caseloads for hospitals.

“When we think about vasectomies, I do a lot of them at Health Sciences (Center), so having our own procedure suite allows you to get the procedures out of the main hospital,” Patel said.

“It just reduces the traffic on the tertiary care sites… It takes that (pressure) off the public system a little bit.”

The clinic will also have an operating room and perform a range of procedures, which they expect about 80 percent will be covered by public insurance.

Over time, Patel said, they will expand and attract more staff and specialists. He hopes the clinic will provide a space for men to talk about health problems they might consider embarrassing or terrifying, especially since many problems are a sign of more serious problems.

“When I talk to patients, they say, ‘I thought I was the only one,'” Patel said. “And so our goal is to have a place where people feel comfortable.”

There’s a lot of benefit to providing spaces where men can get answers to questions they have about their health — be it physical or mental — from people who specialize in the field, sociologist Christopher Schneider said.

“Hearing from other men would help individuals understand that it’s not just a unique problem for them,” said Schneider, who serves on the board of the John Howard Society in Brandon, which provides a men’s center.

“For example, if we look at social health, public health and suicide rates in men, which are very high, especially in rural men … to have something like this (is important), where men can connect with other men and solve these problems.” and know that they do not suffer in silence or alone.”

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Men’s clinic first for province – Winnipeg Free Press

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