Common Questions About Vasectomy

Dr. Michael C. Lee, a Harvard Vanguard urologist who practices at our Kenmore and Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury locations, answers common questions men and couples ask him about having a vasectomy.

couple in a fieldWhat is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a simple, safe surgical procedure for male sterilization and/or a method of permanent birth control. The procedure, which only takes about 15 minutes, is done in the office with local anesthesia and involves cutting and tying off each of the vas deferens, the two tubes which supply sperm into the seminal stream (ejaculate). By preventing sperm to enter the ejaculate, fertilization of an egg cannot occur.

Worldwide, approximately 50 million men have had a vasectomy – in the U.S., about 500,000 men each year have the procedure done. Compared to methods for permanent female sterilization, it is simpler, more effective, has fewer complications and is much less expensive. Continue reading

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All About Measles

According to the CDC, from January 1 to February 13, 2015, 141 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles. Although there are currently no cases in Massachusetts, there are 6 cases in 4 east coast states and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Ben Kruskal, a pediatrician and Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, answers some common questions about measles. Continue reading

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Why Is My Skin So Itchy? It Could Be Eczema.

eczema.shutterstock_181679399Welcome to what I call eczema season, the time of year when the air is colder and therefore holds less humidity. Additionally, the heat is turned up, causing the air in your home or office to be much drier. Both of these factors play a large role in the development of what some refer to as “winter itch.” Your skin gets depleted of its much needed moisture resulting in dry, flaking and itchy skin.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is an itchy, inflamed, red rash that can occur anywhere on the body and is the result of your body’s inability to maintain an effective moisture barrier, a thin layer of oil that seals the skin and protects the body. Continue reading

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Weather Alert for Sunday, February 15

Due to the forecasted blizzard conditions, all Harvard Vanguard practice locations, including our imaging operations in Weymouth, will be closed for all services on Sunday, February 15.  We will provide 24/7 phone-based support for patients.  Please call your doctor’s office should you need medical advice and your call will be triaged by our medical staff.  Thank you – stay safe everyone!

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Presidents’ Day Holiday Notice

Mt. RushmoreOn Monday, February 16th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments. If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment, the medical staff can schedule you for an appointment.

As always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency access number.

Please note: Pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology will be open at the times listed below as well. Continue reading

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