Dr. Lipson ready to focus on Urology

Provided Photo Dr. Lipson of the UPHS-Portage Urology Department has been in his current position for the last three and a half years. He stresses the importance of prevention through regular check-ups. Image provided by UPHS-Portage.

Urology is a surgical specialty that not many people think about until they need urologic treatment. Most people will require some sort of urologic treatment at some point in their lives.

Urology involves evaluation and treatment of problems involving the genitourinary tract which includes the kidneys, bladder, and genitals, particularly the penis, testicles, and scrotum. Included is a wide range of conditions affecting men, women and children such as urinating problems, incontinence, kidney stones, bladder and kidney infections, male infertility, sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction, and cancers involving the prostate, kidneys, bladder, and penis and testicles.

Dr. Lipson is originally from Coastal Massachusetts. He graduated from Princeton University, received general surgical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed urology training at Harvard Medical School (The Massachusetts General Hospital).

He did a fellowship in cancer surgery and research at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. While at the National Cancer Institute, he was lieutenant commander in the United States Health Service.

Dr. Lipson and his wife, Jean moved here three-and-a-half years ago. They had visited the Upper Peninsula several years ago and fell in love with the area.

Although patients are typically referred to the Urology Clinic by their primary care provider — physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants — or the emergency department, the patient can make an appointment directly without referral depending on the requirements of their health insurance.

The patient is evaluated in the Urology Clinic. A history and physical exam are performed concentrating on the patient’s urologic issues. An initial evaluation requires approximately 45 minutes. Diagnostic tests may be ordered, which could include urine and blood tests and x-rays or ultrasounds.

Once an evaluation has been completed, Dr. Lipson will make recommendations for treatment. Treatment often involves medications but can involve further treatment such as surgery.

Most urologic conditions can be treated locally. Occasionally, however, more complex problems will be referred to a larger hospital.

“In the Urology Department, we take pride in the care we provide to our patients,” he said.

Dr. Lipson has been impressed with the unified goal of everyone connected with U.P. Health System-Portage to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Lipson strongly believes that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best way to prevent serious urologic problems is to undergo regular medical evaluations by primary care providers and to discuss potential urologic symptoms with them.

Dr. Lipson enjoys winter activities such as downhill skiing and all water sports.

To make an appointment for urologic evaluation, the patient’s are asked to call 906-483-1040.

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