Physical Exam for Men in New York
Having an annual exam is an integral part of maintaining your health. For men, this exam is the same as a regular physical exam, with the added function of checking the male sexual organs for any issues. Manhattan Physical Exams provides a complete male exam to help you improve and maintain your health while preventing diseases. We also refer to a specialist in case we don’t provide the services that are required in your case. If you have never had a male physical in NYC, you should consider scheduling one. Routine medical exams are one of the strongest tools available to catch diseases early and combat the onset of diseases and chronic illnesses.
What happens during a male annual physical?
Male wellness exams are nearly the same as a basic physical. However, there are different tests that occur with a male physical exam. First, the doctor will discuss your past medical history with you. You will be asked about your family medical history, hereditary disease concerns, living conditions, lifestyle, diet and sexual history. This is the time to let the doctor know if there is anything in your history that may aid in treating or diagnosing you. You must be honest if you want to be treated correctly.
The initial interview will be followed with a general physical exam. At this point the physician will measure your height and weight, check your vital signs, test your reflexes, and check your lung function and heart rate. Your doctor will be checking to make sure there are no obvious outward signs of medical issues.
The prostate and genital exam begins after the routine bodily exam has been completed. The external part of the test includes an examination of the penis and the testicles. This part of the examination is required to evaluate your body for any abnormalities that might be present. The penis is examined for anything out of the ordinary, such as discharge, discoloration, lesions or abrasions, and the testicles are inspected for any evidence of growths or bumps. The doctor will also check for a hernia and examine your scrotum to ensure that there is not a hernia or some sort of cancerous growth there.
You will receive a prostate exam, which is generally seen as the most uncomfortable part of the exam. The doctor will insert a lubricated gloved finger in your rectum and feel the prostate gland. She will be looking for any sign of swelling, or any evidence that it is painful to touch. Ninety percent of prostate issues that could lead to fatal diseases are caught and treated because of the rectal exam, so don’t hesitate to have this done. It doesn’t hurt, and is only a little uncomfortable.
You will most likely be asked to give urine and blood samples in order to screen for certain conditions. The doctor requires these tests in order to rule out certain diseases, or to detect blood, protein or other substances in the urine that don’t belong in a healthy specimen. Older males may be asked to have additional tests to check for cancer, prostate issues, and tumors. Conditions like pre-cancerous growths, cancer and other prostate issues can be assessed with a digital rectal exam or a colonoscopy. However, these are usually scheduled separately from the regular exam. Remember that your health is the very first priority, so take any test the doctor orders.
Why does the doctor make me “turn and cough?”
If you are in the habit of lifting heavy objects, this part of the exam could be the most important. When the doctor gently squeezes your testicles and tells you to turn your head and cough, if you have a hernia, this will cause you pain. This exam is important, and in most cases will be paired with a male breast exam. Be prepared for this, as the chance of breast cancer is increasing in most males. The doctor will feel for swollen lymph nodes in the region, and will look for hard lumps that cause discomfort.
You will be asked to provide a urine sample and a blood sample. There are many conditions that can be found with a simple preliminary urine test. In some cases, the doctor will request that you have a cholesterol test or a lipid panel. The annual physical exam is the perfect opportunity to have your overall evaluated, so don’t be put off if the doctor orders additional testing. The doctor may also recommend that you improve your health with exercise and a diet that excludes large amounts of red meat. If you smoke be prepared to be told to quit.
Do you need an annual medical exam for men?
Yes, an annual physical exam is the best way to proactively take care of your body. In fact, Dr. Gafanovich recommends at least a yearly male physical exam. Hundreds of people across the country die each year from illnesses or diseases that could have been detected during a simple yearly checkup.
Most insurance companies cover preventative care like an annual male physical exam at some level because they understand the need to prevent rather than treat diseases. Additionally, keeping up with your annual exam will increase your chances of living a healthy life. Being aware of your body and the healthy choices you make will increase your chances of living a longer life.
We believe that knowledge is the key to living a healthy and happy life. Annual male physical exams are extremely important to maintain good health. Our bodies are organic machines, and like any machine, the body needs maintenance and occasional repair. The physical exam will ensure that you will be informed of any issues that may be affecting your body. Our doctor knows that knowledge is power. She provides her patients with the tools that they need to become healthier, happier and more active in their daily lives.