Men’s health topics are important to discuss with a doctor, but for many men it is difficult to have these conversations with their health care provider. Discussing sex, prostate health and hormonal imbalance can be uncomfortable, but understanding these conditions and how they affect overall health is critically important for every man.
Dane Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor of Urologic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, specializes in men’s health. Johnson sees couples for male factor infertility, helping couples achieve pregnancy through his urologic expertise. He encourages men to ask their questions and engage in honest conversations with their doctors. To help start this conversation, Johnson encourages patients to choose a skilled urologist that they can trust.
Why choose a Washington University Urologist?
It is important to see a specialist who is an expert in the field of urology. Urologic conditions can be complex, but a specialist can perform the necessary tests, evaluate the results and find a solution for each person.
When I am evaluating patients, I am not just concerned about their symptoms. I am also making sure that we are evaluating additional issues that could cause future problems. By checking PSA and blood counts, as well as potentially looking at cholesterol levels with a lipid panel, I am making sure to see the whole person, not just the symptom. That’s just an example of how important it is that we include a broader scope in the care of our patients, even when we are seeing someone for a very specific issue.
Different patients respond to different therapies. No one therapy is the right answer for everyone. By seeing a urologist at Washington University, we can tailor your treatment to find the best solution to get your health back on track.
What is your goal when treating men’s health conditions?
When seeing patients about complex and personal issues, such as erectile dysfunction or male infertility, my hope is to be able to educate people about their disease and what processes are involved in therapy, so that they know all about their options. In addition, I like to lay out the plan of action—which involves multiple steps—in advance, so that patients have a better picture of what their overall treatment may ultimately look like.
Thank you for being our patient at Washington University. Urologic problems can be very complex and difficult to discuss. We appreciate your openness and willingness to trust in our expertise. We will do everything we can to take care of you and aim for the best outcome.