Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute

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  • Tallwood Men’s Health Center Opens in Farmington

    November 30, 2018

    The statistics say it all: Men are 1.4 times as likely as women to die from almost every chronic medical condition, and on average live five years less than women; according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A new program at Hartford HealthCare has been designed to change that: the Tallwood…

  • Women, Eliminate Urinary Stress Incontinence: It’s NOT an Inevitable Part of Aging

    November 21, 2018

    Shout it from the rooftops, ladies: urinary stress incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging, according to a report from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. What’s urinary stress incontinence? The kind of leakage that happens when you laugh, sneeze, cough, jump, lift, exercise, or simply…

  • Shockwave or ‘P-Shot’ for Erectile Dysfunction? Don’t Do It

    November 15, 2018

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for a treatment not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration amid uncertainties about its long-term effectiveness and safety? Especially if that treatment,…

  • After Facing Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis, It’s More Rides for This Avid Bicyclist

    November 12, 2018

    At 77, Dr. Ralph Giarnella is an avid bicyclist. He’s traveled just about every back road in Hartford County. He recently finished a fundraising event that required him to ride his bike 100 miles. “For me, riding on the bike is sort of like free time, liberation,” said Dr. Giarnella….

  • Three Treatable Conditions for Men (If They See a Urologist)

    November 11, 2018

    By Laura Strom Men are 1.4 times more likely than women to die from almost any chronic medical condition, according to national statistics reported by Hartford HealthCare. Yet men are 80 percent less likely than women to seek preventive healthcare. The very fact that men also live shorter lives means…

  • Prostate Cancer: What is ‘Active Surveillance’?

    November 06, 2018

    While it may seem passive, the “active surveillance” approach to treating prostate cancer requires a very diligent monitoring process. Dr. Stuart Kesler, a urologist with the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute, says that even when prostate cancer is discovered, there isn’t always a need to start treatment immediately….

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Why Do Women Suffer Silently?

    August 14, 2018

    Women, known as the gender more likely to visit the doctor’s office for a medical issue, still remain largely quiet when it comes to pelvic organ prolapse. “This is something that affects 13 percent of women, but many are still embarrassed to discuss it with their physicians,” says Dr. Paul…

  • The Making of a Kidney Stone (And How to Avoid It)

    July 19, 2018

    Staying hydrated during the warm summer months is key for many reasons. But one reason you may not know: Drinking plenty of fluids can prevent kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard deposits of crystalized salt and minerals that form in your kidney. When urine contains more crystal-forming substances than fluids,…

  • Kidney Stone Prevention: Drink Water!

    June 20, 2018

    It’s summer – and the warm temperatures are FINALLY here! You’re probably heard the reminders to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, but did you know that by drinking water and avoiding dehydration you can reduce the changes of getting kidney stones? It’s true. Dr. Joshua Stein is a…

  • A Son’s Lifesaving Gift to his Dad

    June 20, 2018

    In 2017, life threw a curve ball at Ricardo Arduengo of Hartford. He was facing end-stage kidney failure. “At this point last year, Dad was really, really sick,” his son, Sebastian, recalled. “He looked like an 80-year-old man. He could barely get out of bed.” This was a dramatic turn of…


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