The Evolution of Urology Care in Longview
In 2006 Longview Urology was located in the River Suites complex on First Avenue. Doctors Patrick Lassen, Chad Chesley, and Stan Myers made the decision to relocate the clinic to Pacific Surgical Institute, a newly-constructed medical facility on 9th Avenue.
“The new clinic offered efficient, state-of-the-art work space with easy access right across the lobby to the ASC (ambulatory surgery center) at Pacific Surgical Center,” Lassen said. “This has made things much more convenient and efficient for both patients and providers.” Learn more, please click here.
Lassen, Mansfield Earn Board Recertification
Patrick Lassen, MD, and John Mansfield, MD, of Longview Urology have earned board recertification by the American Board of Urology (ABU).
Lassen and Mansfield initially earned board certification in 1998. They completed their first recertifications in 2008. Their credentials will now remain valid through 2028, provided they complete maintenance of certification requirements mandated by the ABU.
“We each studied about 40 hours to prepare for the exam,” Lassen said. “We also had to submit practice logs that chart the number of patients we’ve seen, surgeries performed, complications related to those surgeries, and more.”
Patrick Lassen, MD (L), John Mansfield, MD (R)
Once the ABU had reviewed and accepted the logs, Lassen and Mansfield were eligible to take the three-hour exam, which was administered in Portland.
“The log proves clinical competence,” Lassen said, “while the exam ensures a sound grasp of knowledge of general urology, including the most current research. John and I are proud to say that we offer our patients the very latest in proven techniques.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Longview Urology at 360.425.3720.
It Does't Get Much Better Than Clients Appreciating Your Services
It doesn’t get much better than having clients take the time to let you know how much they appreciate your services.
That was the case recently for Barb Sudar, clinic manager at Longview Urology — shown in photo left. She received two phone calls that made her day, week, and month.
One call came from a wife who was scheduling an appointment for a vasectomy for her husband. “She said, ‘I’ve been told that if you want it done right by a really good doctor, you go to Longview Urology,’” Sudar said.
The other call was from a gentleman who was also interested in scheduling an appointment for a vasectomy. “A different provider had told him he would have to pay $1,500 out of pocket,” Sudar said.
“He was not only impressed with our pricing, but also our office staff,” she noted. “He said, ‘Not only are you guys less expensive, when I call you I don’t get put on hold or directed to a phone tree.’”
Longview Urology is located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Surgical Institute. Find out for yourself that great service and excellent care are available right here in your community.
Call 360.425.3720 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
Testosterone Injections Provide Boost for Clatskanie Resident
Samuel Stem realized there was a problem.
At 48, he was suffering from a lack of energy that was affecting his libido and his overall quality of life.
The Clatskanie resident was referred to Longview Urology by his primary care physician. A simple blood test revealed that Stem’s testosterone level was exceptionally low. He now receives testosterone injections twice a month, and the change is very apparent.
“Dr. Chesley, the reception staff, and the healthcare staff at Longview Urology are all very friendly and very professional,” Stem said. “I have a lot more energy now and a lot more interest in sex with my partner.”
That boost in energy has also resulted in increased involvement in hiking, geocaching, and martial arts. Additionally, Stem is in training to be a volunteer firefighter.
Twenty-five percent of men over 30 years of age suffer from low testosterone. In addition to fatigue and reduced sex drive, the effects of low testosterone can include depression, loss of muscle mass, and an increase in body fat.
The diagnosis is quick, and a number of treatment options are available. Don’t let low testosterone limit your quality of life.
Contact Longview Urology at 360.425.3720 to schedule an appointment.
02/02/2015-- Chad Chesley, MD, has a commitment to health that is evident even in his hobbies. Dr. Chesley grows a miracle berry, a mild-tasting fruit that alters your taste buds temporarily. More specifically, it makes sour or tart flavors taste as sweet as candy. For those with a sweet tooth looking for ways to reduce sugar consumption, this berry truly may be a miracle!
The miracle berry is a small, red fruit called Synsepalum dulcificum. Chesley grows 50 miracle berry plants in his backyard greenhouse. The plants, which originated in West Africa, have a protein called miraculin, which Chesley credits for altering one’s palate by “refining the sour taste buds on your tongue.”
A forum to discuss problems related to BPH drew 34 area residents to Pacific Surgical Institute on May 14th. Patrick Lassen, MD, of Longview Urology was the featured speaker.
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) is an enlargement of the prostate gland that can make it difficult to void urine. Symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency (a compelling need to void that cannot be put off), and voiding at night, as well as urinary stream hesitancy (needing to wait for the stream to begin), intermittency (the stream starts and stops intermittently), straining to void, and dribbling. Studies show that approximately half of American men exhibit evidence of BPH by the time they reach 50, with that number increasing with age. The good news is that this condition can be treated.
Dr. Lassen discussed causes of BPH and the treatment options available and also answered questions from the audience.
“We had an excellent turnout,” said Barb Sudar, clinic manager at Longview Urology. “People really seemed to enjoy Dr. Lassen’s presentation because he made sure the information was easy to understand.”
Dr. Lassen earned his medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and completed a general surgery internship and a urology residency at Willford Hall USAF/Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in 1996. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association.
Longview Urology was one of many local businesses that participated in the “Building Bridges Regional Business Showcase” at the Cowlitz County Convention Center on April 17th. The event was sponsored by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.
The LU booth – which sported the theme “Cowboy up for Men’s Health” – featured a target shoot for prizes and raffles for a Wilco gift card and a flower bouquet. Danette Traver and Courtney Pilling were on hand to provide health-related information.
“It’s all about awareness,” said LU Clinic Manager Barb Sudar. “Our goal is to make sure men have access to accurate information about the factors that affect their health so that they can make informed choices.”
Did you know? The vasectomy procedure takes only 30 minutes, and that includes check-in, preparation, and a discussion of afterward instructions.
More than 500,000 vasectomies are performed annually in the United States, with a success rate of 99.8 percent.
During the procedure, the vasa deferentia are snipped and then sealed to prevent sperm from entering the seminal stream. Vasectomies do not affect a man's sexual function.
Vasectomies are minimally invasive, and patients are almost always able to drive themselves home. However, two days of rest are recommended before returning to normal activity.
Longview Urology surgeons Patrick Lassen, Chad Chesley and John Mansfield have extensive experience with this procedure.
Contact Longview Urology today at 360.425.3720 to schedule a consultation, and our staff will check your insurance coverage as well.
Longview Urology is located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Surgical Institute.
McCrady Praises Longview Urology, Pacific Surgical Center
Former Longview mayor Mark McCrady recently underwent a kidney stone procedure at Pacific Surgical Center. Prior to the surgery, he had been in significant pain.
Chad Chesley, M.D., of Longview Urology diagnosed the condition and performed the successful procedure, which McCrady called “the most positive medical experience of my life.”
“From the insurance coordinator at Longview Urology to the nursing staff at PSC to Dr. Chesley, everyone was helpful, friendly, and incredibly efficient.”
McCrady said it was immediately apparent that things were different at Longview Urology and PSC. “The approach other companies seem to have is to say they can’t afford to keep quality people. Instead, they just keep cutting.
“The business model at PSC and Longview Urology is exactly the opposite. The facility is first rate, and they’re willing to pay to retain people who are experienced and well-trained. I was very impressed to say the least.”
PSC and Longview Urology are located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Surgical Institute. Call 360.442.7900.
Veterans' Day Presentation Draws Large Crowd
More than 60 area residents attended a Veterans’ Day presentation by retired Air Force Colonel John Mansfield, M.D., of Longview Urology and MPower Men’s Health Services. The event was held at Pacific Surgical Institute.
Dr. Mansfield shared his experiences in Iraq and Haiti and also talked briefly about men’s health issues.
All veterans were asked to stand and be recognized and attendees received dog tags that read, “Bustin’ Ours to Save Yours.”
From January 2008 to June 2008, Dr. Mansfield was the sole urologist at the Balad Air Base, Iraq Hospital. He operated on soldiers from the U.S., Great Britain, France, Georgia, Iraq, Spain, and Russia.
In June 2010, he volunteered to establish a 60-person, 10-bed hospital in Haiti to provide support immediately after that country suffered a massive earthquake.
Enthusiastic Crowd Attends Testosterone Forum
Nearly two dozen area residents attended a testosterone forum at Pacific Surgical Institute on October 17th. Chad Chesley, MD, of Longview Urology and MPower Men’s Health Services explained problems caused by low testosterone and discussed available treatment options.
Northwest Medical Analytic Laboratory donated 25 gift certificates, which will allow recipients to have their blood drawn and testosterone tested at no charge.
“Those that attended had some good questions,” said Danette Traver, clinic manager at Longview Urology. “One gentleman told me that the forum was very informative and answered a lot of his questions. He also said it was wonderful that we provide these public talks at no charge.”
Declining testosterone levels are common in men over 35. But of those who suffer from this condition, only 5 percent ever seek treatment.
The bottom line is that low testosterone makes men less manly. Effects can include fatigue, depression, muscle loss, decreased sex drive, and erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone has also been linked to weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Testing is easy and takes only a few minutes. Call 360.425.3720 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Mansfield to host Veterans Day Presentation
Retired Air Force Colonel John Mansfield, M.D., of Longview Urology will be the featured speaker at a Veterans Day tribute at Pacific Surgical Institute at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 11th.
The 40-minute presentation will cover Dr. Mansfield's experience in Iraq and Haiti and will also touch briefly on men's health issues.
This free event is open to the public. Veterans and their friends and family members are especially welcome. All veterans will be asked to stand be recognized.
From January 2008 to June 2008, Dr. Mansfield was the sole urologist at the Balad Air Base, Iraq Hospital. He operated on soldiers from the U.S., Great Britain, France, Georgia, Iraq, Spain, and Russia. In June 2010, he volunteered to establish a 60-person, 10-bed hospital in Haiti to provide support immediately after that country suffered a massive earthquake.
Pacific Surgical Institute is located at 625 9th Avenue.
Dr. Chesley to speak at Testosterone forum on October 17th
Chad Chesley, MD of Longview Urology and MPower Men's Health Services will explain problems caused by low testosterone and discuss available treatment options at an informational forum at Pacific Surgical Institute on Thursday, October 17th 2013 at 6 p.m.
Declining testosterone levels are common in men over 35. But of those who suffer from this condition, only 5 percent ever seek treatment.
The bottom line is that low testosterone makes men less manly. Effects can include fatigue, depression, muscle loss, decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone has also been linked to weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Dr. Chesley will explain detection methods and a variety of testosterone replacement options available.
There is no charge to attend the event and spouses are welcome. Please call 360.425.3720 to reserve a spot. PSI is located at 625 9th Ave.
Longview Urology to Host Men's Health Seminar
Longview Urology will host a men's health seminar on Tuesday, September 10th. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the seminar to follow from 6 to 7. There is no charge for this event, which will be held at Pacific Surgical Institute at 625 9th Avenue
Doctors Chad Chesley, Patrick Lassen and John Mansfield of Longview Urology will be on hand to discuss treatment options for erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate conditions.
"Today, there are many ways to address ED (erectile dysfunction) and enlarged prostate conditions," said Barb Sudar, office manager at Longview Urology.
"Our goal is to educate men so they can find the treatment option that is best-suited to them."
In addition to the information presented by the physicians, one of our patients will be there to share his story and answer questions from the audience.
Spouses and partners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Space is limited so please call 877-433-2873 to reserve a spot.
For the first time in several years, urology services will be available at the Ocean Beach Medical Center in Ilwaco.
Patrick M. Lassen, MD, a board-certified urologist at Longview Urology will be at the clinic on Tuesdays, beginning in mid-June. Dr. Lassen will provide a complete range of urologic services, including treatment for incontinence, stones, erectile dysfunction, and prostate enlargement.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Dr. Lassen’s experience and expertise serving our community,” said Geri Marcus, the clinic’s Director of Marketing and Education. “We have a high number of retirees in our area. Having Dr. Lassen here will mean they won’t have to travel to receive treatment.”
Dr. Lassen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Southern Oregon State College in 1986. After earning his medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), he completed a general surgery internship and a urology residency at Willford Hall USAF/Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in 1996.
A Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Government Service Urologists.
Dr. Lassen served in the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Urology Services at Landstuhl Regional Center in Landstuhl, Germany, before joining Longview Urology in 1999.
Call 360.642.3747 to schedule an appointment.
Celebrate Men’s Health Month by attending the M-Power Men’s Summer Health Games at Pacific Surgical Institute on Thursday, June 20th. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m.
“Our intent is to recognize Men’s Health Month and let people know that physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are available to men of all ages,” said Barb Sudar of Longview Urology.
Health screenings for cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, and blood pressure will be available, with immediate results provided.
Three Rivers Athletic Club will offer attendees the opportunity to navigate an obstacle course, and Canyonview Cyclery will have mountain bikes on hand to demo. A three-on-three basketball tournament is also planned.
A Can-Am Spyder, courtesy of Pro Caliber Motor Sports, and a number of classic cars will be on display, and Cowlitz Black Bears players and staff will also be on hand. Joe Godhino of Four Corners Farm & Garden will provide a grilling demonstration and then raffle off a new Traeger barbecue.
The event is hosted by Longview Urology, Pacific Surgical Institute, Peace Health Medical Group, and St. John Medical Center.
Pacific Surgical Institute is located at 625 9th Avenue in Longview. Call 360.442.7926 for more information.
Come and visit us at the Building Bridges Event on April 17th and enter to win a Guided Fly Fishing Trip on the Cowlitz River!
The Physicians and staff of Longview Urology will be attending the Building Bridges Event to showcase the urologic services offered to the citizens of our region.
Longview Urology is proud of our affiliations in the community with businesses such as Pacific Surgical Institute, Longview Orthopedic and Lower Columbia Pathology/NW Analytical Laboratories. We are committed to keeping our community strong by providing exceptional healthcare close to home and participating in community events that make us all stronger.
Place: Cowlitz County Regional Conference Center
Date and Time: April 17th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Longview Urology is part of the Best Care is Local Care group and will sponsor the Cowlitz Blackbears Baseball team for the second consecutive year. To learn more about the Blackbears team or see their 2013 schedule, click here.
The Best Care Is Local Care group has purchased an outfield sign and will also host special events nights on June 9, 23, and 30; July 4 and 21; and August 4. The focus will be on educating area residents about the availability of quality healthcare close to home in Southwestern Washington.
The Black Bears are members of the West Coast League, which also includes the Bellingham Bells, Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Walla Walla Sweets, Wenatchee AppleSox, Kitsap BlueJackets, Kelowna Falcons, and Klamath Falls Gems. Teams are comprised of collegiate players from around the U.S.
March is National Kidney Awareness Month. Take this opportunity to let a friend or loved one know to check their medications for harmful side effects to the kidneys.
Did you know: Certain medications can be harmful to the kidneys and result in acute kidney injury. Even common, over-the-counter medications, prescription pain medication or cold medicines (such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, also known as NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause damage to the kidneys. The likelihood of certain medications causing damage to the kidneys increases for those who have kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Click here to learn about common kidney conditions and treatments provided by the urologists at Longview Urology. Click here to visit the National Kidney Disease Education Program and learn more about kidney health.
Longview Urology to See Patients at Morton General Hospital
John Mansfield, MD, of Longview Urology is prepared to do a little traveling.
In January 2013, Dr. Mansfield will begin seeing patients at the specialty clinic at Morton General Hospital. Mansfield, whose first visit is scheduled for January 11th, said he will initially be available at the Morton site once a month.
“Morton General Hospital is a beautiful facility,” Mansfield said. “It’s a pleasure for us to be able to offer comprehensive urologic care to patients living along the Highway 12 corridor and throughout Lewis County.”
The hospital is located at 521 Adams Avenue in Morton. Appointments can be made by calling Longview Urology toll free at 855.425.3720.
LARGE CROWD ATTENDS TESTOSTERONE FORUM
Nearly 50 area residents attended a testosterone forum at Pacific Surgical Institute on November 13th. Chad Chesley, MD, of Longview Urology was the featured speaker.
Declining testosterone levels are common in men over 50. But of those who suffer from this condition, a small percent ever seek treatment.
Effects can include fatigue, depression, muscle loss, decreased sex drive, and erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone has also been linked to weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Chesley discussed detection methods and presented information about a variety of treatment options.
For more information about testosterone treatment options, contact Longview Urology at 360.425.3720.
DR. CHESLEY EARNS BOARD RECERTIFICATION
Chad Chesley, MD, of Longview Urology recently earned national recertification from the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Chesley completed a four-hour exam in Portland on October 9th and received a score that placed him in the top 20 percent of all participants.
To maintain board certification, urologists must pass the exam every 10 years. In addition, they are required to submit continuing medical education hours, an office visit log, and a surgery log.
Dr. Chesley was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in Colorado. He graduated from Colorado College in 1990 with a B.S. in Biology and attended medical school at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He then completed a internship in general surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. He received a navy health profession sciences scholarship. He served active duty with the navy as a flight surgeon with the Marines. After his military service, he finished his urology residency at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the Washington Medical Association and the American Urological Association. His special interests include endourology, general urology, voiding dysfunction, and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Chesley and his wife, Susan, have two children. Together they are involved in a number of outdoor activities, including hiking and soccer. Dr. Chesley is also an avid fly-fisherman and is a present member of the Lower Columbia Flyfishers.
A resident of the Longview area since 2003, he enjoys the small-town atmosphere, the moderate climate, and the close proximity to the mountains and rivers.
LONGVIEW UROLOGY ADDS CMA
Certified medical assistant Angela Langhorne has joined the staff at Longview Urology.
Angela graduated from Rainier High School in 2003 and continued her education in Portland, where she earned certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants.
“Being involved in the urology field is both challenging and rewarding,” she said. “I’m fascinated by the procedures that give us a better diagnosis of the patient’s core problem.”
Angela is happy to be at Longview Urology. “I have awesome co-workers, and I’ve discovered that helping people is my true calling.”
When she’s not working, Angela enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking.
Longview Urology provides comprehensive urologic services to residents throughout Cowlitz, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Pacific, and Columbia counties.
PROSTATE HEALTH FORUM DRAWS A CROWD
Patrick Lassen, MD, of Longview Urology teamed with Choong Kim, MD, of PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center for an informational forum about prostate health. The event took place on September 17th at St. John Medical Center.
Lassen and Kim discussed the latest research regarding diagnosis and treatment regarding prostate health with a group of more than 30 area residents.
“It went very well,” Lassen said. “We had many positive comments.”
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, and second only to lung cancer in the number of cancer deaths. In 2007 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 223,307 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 29,093 men died from it.
Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all. Some common symptoms of prostate cancer are—
- Difficulty in starting urination.
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
- Frequent urination, especially at night.
- Difficulty in emptying the bladder completely.
- Pain or burning during urination.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Risk Factors
There is no way to know for sure if you will get prostate cancer. Men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they are 50 years old or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer.
Contact Longview Urology at 360.425.3720 for additional information or to schedule a check-up.