Abhay S. Singh, MD, has joined the St. Luke’s Center for Urology in Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township, where he’ll provide high-quality medical and surgical care for conditions of the genitourinary tract in men and women, including the prostate, bladder and kidneys.
Dr. Singh likens HoLEP, which takes 1.5 to 3 hours to perform in the OR, with the carving out the inside of an orange while leaving the outer rind intact.
The advantages of HoLEP, compared with other techniques to treat an enlarged prostate, include:
- Reduced blood loss and reduced risk of subsequent bleeding.
- Reduced likelihood of regrowth of the prostate.
- Can treat any size prostate.
- Reduced catheter time and overall healing.
Dr. Singh says that for most men voiding issues are common with aging and especially men over 60, and those who have a family history of BPH are at higher risk for developing BPH. While there is not much most can do to avoid the condition, “Men who are diligent about weight control and exercise often have less severe symptoms.”
Having performed a range of voiding dysfunction surgeries for years, including HoLEP, Dr. Singh says a man’s typical response after undergoing the laser prostate-reduction treatment is, “I wish I had done this sooner.”
Dr. Singh was born in Maryland and grew up in New Jersey. He earned his medical degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he was class president and graduated with honors as an inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a general surgery internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a urology residency at Duke University Hospital.
Following his residency,
After leaving the military, Dr. Singh honed his minimally invasive skills in robotic and endourology through a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
He says his patient care philosophy is founded on communication, respect and trust. “I consider it a privilege to care for patients. When discussing a patient’s diagnosis or condition, I ask about his or her goals of treatment, both medical and lifestyle, and always include them in developing a specific plan of care, whether it’s medical or surgical.”