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Health Checkup: May 22, 2008

Keep Young Athletes Healthy, Injury Free This Summer

Dr. Tony Breitbach, assistant professor and director of athletic training education at Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences, offers five tips for helping young athletes avoid injury.

1: Make sure equipment fits properly. Kids generally grow fast, which means the gear that fit perfectly last year may be too small now.

2: Watch their diets. To stay healthy while playing sports, kids need to eat a proper and balanced diet low in fat with moderate amounts of lean protein and high in complex carbohydrates. Athletes need lots of the latter, what Breitbach calls "high-energy foods" right before and after a game or workout.

3: Keep them well-rested and not overbooked. The right amount of sleep and rest is critical to simply function day to day. Athletes also need it to help them recover from the stress or exertion of their game or activity. This is particularly true for kids who play multiple sports sometimes in the same day, Breitbach says.

4: Help them stay physically fit. In general, Breitbach says, the fitter someone is, the less likely they are to be injured playing sports. The best way to keep your kid in shape is to never let him or her get out of shape. Make sure they're active year-round, and don't rely on sports to keep your kid fit.

5: Take care of injuries right away. Listen to your kid's body. Take scrapes, pains and aches seriously, and if your child is hurt, make sure the injury gets immediate medical attention.



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Dr. Marc Siegelbaum, M.D., F.A.C.S. from Chesapeake Urology answers your questions about today’s most advanced prostate cancer treatments.

Q: Are robots really used nowadays in treating prostate cancer?

A: Yes -- though the more correct term is “robotics.” Robotics, such as the da Vinci Robotics system, allow a surgeon to utilize high-magnification cameras and instruments to perform procedures that are even less invasive than standard laparoscopic surgery.

Q: What are the advantages of daVinci Robotics?

A: The advantage is that this minimally invasive surgery is done through tiny incisions as opposed to cutting open the abdomen, resulting in less blood loss, less trauma to surrounding tissue and shorter recovery.

Q: Are there any concerns with daVinci Robotics?

A: Robotic-assisted prostate surgery is a state-of-the-art technique for treating prostate cancer involving a special skill and training that many surgeons don’t have. Look to surgeons who have this high level of expertise. They are the ones who will give you the best possible outcome. If you’re not sure, ask or call us.

Q: Is robotic-assisted surgery the best way to go?

A: Every patient is different and every cancer is different. Your treatment depends on your age, health, lifestyle and characteristics of your cancer. But once you are identified as a candidate for surgery, surgery using robotics, when in experienced hands, is best.

Q: What other programs of care should I know about?

A: As your physician, I would explain the pros and cons of watchful waiting, surgery, radiation, brachytherapy (sometimes called radioactive seeds), hormone therapy, cryotherapy and chemotherapy.

Q: How do I know what treatment is right for me?

A: Again, your doctor should have the experience to guide you toward the right decision. If your doctor is experienced in all aspects of prostate cancer treatment, you’re likely to get an unbiased view of what treatment option is best for you. Bottom line, always choose a board-certified doctor who is the best in his or her field. That is what I would do.

Q: Why should I consider Chesapeake Urology?

A: I keep harping on making sure your doctor has the experience. As Maryland’s largest urology practice, we offer the expertise of over 40 board-certified urologists, leaders in the field of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Plus, we have over 20 offices, including the state-of-the-art new Prostate Center in Owings Mills.

Marc Siegelbaum, M.D. is Chief of Urology and Director of the Urologic Oncology Center at St. Joseph Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Siegelbaum specializes in da Vinci robotic prostate surgery.

For more information about Dr. Siegelbaum and the services available at Chesapeake Urology Associates, call 1-866-955-0002 or visit our web site 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 3.21: May 22, 2008