Both Dr. Zhao and Dr. Minott have been in private practice in the area for many years and welcome their existing patients as well as new patients to UH Portage Medical Center. Here, they answer some of the most frequently asked questions they get about urologic problems.
What are some of the most common urologic problems you treat?
For both sexes, kidney and bladder stones, difficulty urinating and urinary incontinence are among the most common problems that bring people to a urologist. Bladder, kidney and adrenal cancer is a major concern that can occur in men or women. We care for our cancer patients in collaboration with oncologists from UH Seidman Cancer Center.
Additionally, men frequently come to us due to prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, or sexual dysfunction such as infertility or impotence.
Women have unique urologic problems because of how close their urinary tract is to their genital area, which means women are more likely than men to get urinary tract infections. They also have more problems with incontinence due to pregnancyand menopause-related changes to the urinary tract.
What is new in treatment for some of these problems?
Whenever possible, we treat the problem with medication first before considering a surgical solution. A number of newer medications are available to treat problems such as overactive bladder, non-cancerous prostate enlargement (BPH) and even some forms of urologic cancers. Usually, newer medications are more effective and have fewer side effects than older drugs.
When surgery is necessary for problems such as cancer, kidney or bladder stones or stricture (narrowing of a part of the urinary system), minimally invasive surgery may be an option for some patients.
What services do you offer patients with a urologic system cancer such as bladder, kidney or prostate?
We are fortunate to have a satellite UH Seidman Cancer Center on-site at UH Portage Medical Center. When we determine that a patient may have cancer, we coordinate with oncologists and pathologists at the cancer center to establish the diagnosis and the tumor stage— how advanced the disease is—and develop an individualized treatment plan for that patient.
Treatment may include surgery alone or in combination with other forms of treatment. Patients with urologic cancers can have their surgery, chemotherapy and/or state-of-the-art radiation therapy, if needed, right here at UH Portage. After treatment, patients can come to the oncology clinic here for follow-up visits and a cancer rehabilitation program.
Are there good habits that can help maintain a healthy urologic system?
The same guidelines for general good health apply to maintaining urologic health—eat a nutritious diet, exercise, maintain a health weight, and stop smoking. For urologic health, we add drink plenty of water and, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, follow your health care provider’s instructions for managing it. These conditions can seriously impact the health of your kidneys and bladder.
If you do experience symptoms such as pain during urination, urination frequency or urgency or blood in the urine, make an appointment with a urologist at UH Portage Medical Center. Don’t let embarrassment or fear prevent you from taking care of yourself. Like most health problems, treatment is more successful when a urologic disorder is diagnosed and treated in its early stages.
Howard Minott, MD and John Zhao, MD
Myttle Mayuga, MD
Dr. Mayuga earned her medical degree from The Feinberg School of Medicine,
Northwestern University, Chicago, in 2007. She completed her residency in internal
medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UH Cleveland Medical Center.
She went on to complete a fellowship in interventional cardiology there, followed by
an additional two-year fellowship in advanced interventional cardiology to focus on
her subspecialty interests.
Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Mayuga is interested in research about the body’s
immune response to heart and heart valve disease. In her leisure time, she enjoys
activities with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Mayuga looks forward to welcoming new patients to her practice and to UH Portage
Medical Center. She is part of the University Hospitals Heart Group, with offices in Suite
100 at UH Portage Medical Center. For an appointment, please call 330-297-6110.
UH HEART GROUP IS ON THE GROW
Physicians Center for Urologic Health
3963 Loomis Pkwy.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
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University Hospitals Portage Medical Center has expanded cardiology services for the community with the addition of Myttle Mayuga, MD. Dr. Mayuga specializes in non-surgical treatment of coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease (disease of the arteries outside of the heart and brain).
Myttle Mayuga, MD, is now accepting new patients