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Health Checkup: March 27, 2008

March 25, 2008

Body Worlds 2 At Science Center

Ever wonder exactly what your muscles are doing when you hit that monster drive down the fairway or nail a backside alley-oop on the half-pipe? If so, take a visit to the BODY WORLDS exhibit at the Maryland Science Center.

BODY WORLDS 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, the original and acclaimed exhibition of real human bodies that have been preserved through plastination, has attracted more than 22 million visitors worldwide and was created by German anatomist and physician Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The one-of-a-kind exhibit displays the anatomy, physiology and effects of lifestyle choices on the human body through the scientific and enlightening display of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices.

The specimens on display were preserved through plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977. Plastination replaces fluids and fat in body specimens with plastics, polymers, and epoxy resins that harden, after curing, making it possible to permanently preserve individual anatomical structures without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. 

BODY WORLDS aims to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. It is also presented in the hopes that it will stimulate curiosity about the science of anatomy.

Each plastinate is posed to highlight different anatomical features. For instance, the athletic poses illustrate the use of muscle systems while playing sports. The poses allow the visitor to relate the plastinate to his or her own body.

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Is a Vasectomy Right for Me?

Dr. William T. Dowling, M.D., F.A.C.S. from Chesapeake Urology answers your questions about vasectomies.

Q: What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a safe, easily performed outpatient procedure that provides an effective, permanent form of birth control for men.

Q: What happens during the procedure?
Vasectomies are performed in an outpatient surgery center using local anesthesia. Your doctor will make a small incision (less than 1 centimeter) in the scrotum or perform a “no-scalpel” vasectomy in which a special instrument makes a tiny puncture instead of a cut. A no-scalpel vasectomy can result in less pain and swelling. Both the traditional method and this method are safe and effective.

Q: Will it affect my masculinity?
Many of my patients understandably have this fear. The good news is that a vasectomy has absolutely no effect on your masculinity, sex drive, ejaculation, ability to have an erection or sexual pleasure. It will not noticeably affect your seminal fluid; it will still look and feel the same.

Q: What is the recovery time?
Most of my patients are able to drive home after the procedure. I usually recommend you stay off your feet for 24 hours and wait three to four days to resume normal activities.

Q: Are vasectomies reversible?
Vasectomies may be reversible, but you should not assume your procedure can be reversed. I tell my patients you should not have a vasectomy unless you and your partner are absolutely sure you do not wish to have children in the future.

Q: Where should I go if I decide to have a vasectomy?
Always choose an experienced, board-certified urologist. The doctors at Chesapeake Urology are board-certified and experts in performing vasectomies. We have 42 urologists who operate out of 22 convenient offices located throughout Maryland.
Call toll-free 1-866-955-0002 or visit to find a urologist near you.

William Dowling, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practices out of Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he serves as the Urology Section Chief. A partner of Chesapeake Urology, Dr. Dowling is also a member of the Executive Committee.

For more information about Dr. Dowling and the services available at Chesapeake Urology Associates, call 1-866-955-0002 or visit our website at

Chesapeake Urology Associates is the premier urology practice in Maryland, treating prostate cancer, testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction and incontinence, plus performing vasectomies, reverse vasectomies and more. If you have a concern, schedule a screening today by calling 1-866-955-0002.

Issue 3.13: March 27, 2008