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William I. Jaffe, MD - Urologist, Penn Medicine

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Uploaded on Aug 25, 2010

Watch an interview with William I. Jaffe, MD, a urologist at Penn Medicine.

"Well, my father was a urologist, and my grandfather was a urologist, so part of it is probably in my DNA. I see a wide variety of patients, men and women, younger patients, and older patients. Mostly what I deal with is benign diseases of the urinary system."

"Many of my patients have incontinence, complex voiding dysfunction, neurology, which is patients that have neurological illness which can cause bladder dysfunction, and also patients who need reconstructive surgery."

"Working at Penn Medicine, there are a few things that are really great in terms of patient care and communication. One of the things that's really reassuring is that I always know when I send somebody to another physician in the system, either for a different kind of urological problem, or really for any kind of other issue that they may have, that they're going to get the best care possible and it's very likely that they're going to see somebody who's an expert, either locally or nationally, in that problem."

"One of the procedures that I do probably more than just about anybody else in this area is what's called an artificial urinary sphincter, and this is a complex implant that is used to treat men who have urinary incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer."

"And I always tell patients after we activate the device, which is usually about four to six weeks after surgery, I always tell them to call me in two days to let me know how they're doing because for me, that is the best time when they call me and they call me up and they say, Doc, I'm dry, and I haven't been this way in years."

"There's really nothing more satisfying than seeing patients back after an operation or treatment when you've been able to give them their quality of life back. That's really one of the -- one of the things that makes me and the patients, obviously, the happiest."

"I'm Bill Jaffe. I'm an Assistant Professor of Urology in the Department of Surgery at Penn Medicine."

Learn more about Dr. Jaffe: http://www.pennmedicine.org/Wagform/M...

To learn more, visit http://www.pennmedicine.org/urology

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