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Dr. H. Mallory Reeves became interested in men’s health issues and sexual medicine during his first 13 years as a urologist before joining the NHRMC Physician Group – Atlantic Urology this summer.

“Times have changed a lot,” Reeves said. “I think it’s now at the point where sexuality is recognized as something that is really important to humanity. It’s not just the sexual side of things, but the privacy, which is really important for overall health, mind, and body.

He said there has been a worldwide awareness that all parts of the body work together.

“It’s recognizing that if you’re having sexual issues, it could be a sign that there’s something wrong with your body as well, like your heart and kidneys,” Reeves said.

While all of the doctors at Atlantic Urology help the many patients who have kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and blood in the urine, Reeves primarily deals with men’s sexual health.

“If other providers identify someone who has complex erectile dysfunction issues that cannot be managed with the first simple steps like taking oral medication, they will come to me,” he said. he declares. “Or someone who has bladder leaks after pelvic surgery that doesn’t resolve with rehabilitation, then they’ll refer them to me.” There are a lot of internal references from the office to me for this stuff.

Other common patient issues that Reeves sees are penile curvature, ejaculatory dysfunction, and urinary incontinence in both men and women. It also treats patients who require pelvic floor reconstruction, whether they are female prolapse or trauma issues, such as scar tissue in the urethra, which require surgical repair.

“Beyond sexual health, there are other urological health issues in men as well – urine leakage, incontinence, navigating through cancer issues,” he said.

While Reeves would take care of the workup, diagnosis and management of prostate cancer patients, he would refer them to a surgeon for prostate removal if necessary.

“Most mature urological practices will have someone like me who has the skills they will employ,” he said. “It’s better to have someone who has experience, who has done a lot of things and is very good at some things, than someone who has done everything and is barely able to do those things.”

Reeves also sees patients with infertility issues.

“This is something that I had done in Greenville and I am really delighted to be here… because there is a good gynecological reproductive presence in this area here and I am really delighted to collaborate with them,” said he declared.

Reeves said there are specific male factors related to fertility, including hormonal and anatomical issues.

“Do you know that’s kind of the cool thing about urology?” ” he said. “It’s not just a medical field or a surgical field, it’s kind of a mixture of everything. You might be helping someone with everything from diet and exercise to hormone management, and then they might have an anatomical problem that you will need to have surgery for.

Reeves is board certified in da Vinci robotic surgery, a technique he says is now used by most urologists.

“We will be using Da Vinci for many complex intrapelvic and intra-abdominal surgeries,” he said.

He said he had experience with da Vinci for kidney reconstruction surgery and some forms of prostate surgery.

“The da Vinci I would do on the prostate would be for non-cancerous disease,” Reeves said. “There are situations where the prostate is too big and then they have to have surgery for it. We can remove the part that is blocking the urinary canal using the robotic platform.

Robotic surgery is an excellent tool that facilitates potentially difficult surgery as it provides better visibility into the body and greater maneuverability of the instruments. This translates to better results, he said.

“If you’re really in a tough, narrow spot at the bottom of the pool trying to stitch two things back together, this repair might not be airtight or waterproof,” Reeves said. “But if you’re using da Vinci, you will.”

Prior to moving to Wilmington, Reeves was Vice President of Eastern Urological Associates in Greenville, which is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina University, where he was an Affiliate Professor of Surgery.

Reeves is also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve with 15 years of service as a urologist.

Since joining the Army Reserve in 2004, Reeves has deployed once to the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.

Although he said his service had been rewarding, it was sometimes difficult to escape for military exercises.

“The administration here and my partners have been very supportive and welcoming about this, which makes me feel good,” Reeves said.

He said Atlantic Urology’s affiliation with New Hanover Regional Medical Center is beneficial because of the ability to collaborate with internists, cardiologists and general surgeons at the hospital.

“It seems like there’s a degree of collegiality that I’ve never seen before,” Reeves said.

About Dr H. Mallory Reeves

Speciality: Board certified in urology. Specializes in providing medical and surgical care for a variety of urological conditions. Experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney stones and low testosterone.

Operation: Prosthetic surgeon and urologic reconstructor, da Vinci certified surgeon and supplier of the UroLift center of excellence. Provides medical and surgical treatments, including implants, prosthetics, reconstruction and infertility services, for men’s sexual health issues.

Education: Graduated from Phi Beta Kappa with a degree of highest honor from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency in urology at the Medical University of South Carolina as a Pfizer researcher and was awarded the intern of the year award.

Practice: NHRMC Physician Group – Atlantic Urology, which has offices in Wilmington, Leland, Southport and Jacksonville. For more information on the practice, visit www.nhrmcphysiciangroup.org. To make an appointment, dial 910-662-8765.

Source: New Hanover Regional Medical Center

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