For Urology Patients
Men and their wives need to stand up when they
wish for an all male medical team for an intimate male procedure
or surgery. Men should request that only their male urologist
be present for a Digital Rectal exam or any intimate male procedures
or examinations such as prostate biopsies in offices. Tell them
that you don't want any nurses or assistants in the room. It
might be a good idea for you to request that your doctor put
up a sign on the door that says "Don't Disturb!" because
sometimes nurses and assistants walk in rooms while intimate
examinations are taking place.
If you need to have surgery such as vasectomy,
prostatectomy, or hernia surgery that would expose your male
organs, we encourage you to talk to the doctor who is doing
your surgery and the hospital about how you would like to have
an all male medical team in the operating room. This would include
the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and scrub. If you cannot
get that assurance, you should look at getting another doctor
or having the procedure done at another hospital that can accommodate
your wishes for an all male team.
Prostate biopsies can be very painful and can
cause a lot of bleeding. Be sure that you request blanket or
garments to cover yourself to protect your modesty. You will
probably need a lot of Kleenex after the biopsy so be sure you
ask your doctor to provide you with them on the examining table.
You should ask your doctor to give you time to clean up after
the biopsy privately.