Photography by Adam Blasberg
Men of all ages should seek help when their erections are just not what they used to be
For more than 25 years, Dr. Neil Pollock and the team at Pollock Clinics have been assisting men of all ages improve their sexual wellness. But Pollock hasn’t just worked in this industry—he has changed it fundamentally with a number of proprietary treatments and techniques that continue to help men achieve their sexual wellness goals.
Destigmatizing a common condition
When it comes to male bonding, guys might go mountain biking, to a sports game, or out for beer—anything but sit down and talk about intimate subjects like how their erections just aren’t what they used to be.
In fact, nearly 50 per cent of men over 40 have some form of erectile dysfunction (ED), while some younger men—those in their 30s and 40s—often experience sub-par erections that compromise their sexual enjoyment. It’s all a natural part of aging, but sexual wellness is also an integral part of lifelong health and well-being. And many men don’t realize that unsatisfactory erections are treatable.
“We can help men at any age,” says Pollock. “Some men come to us to enhance their sexual experience, satisfaction, and performance, while others want to address more advanced ED symptoms.
“We help men obtain better, harder, stronger, longer-lasting erections,” he says. “Besides greater sexual satisfaction, this leads to enhanced confidence and intimacy.”
A clinical instructor in UBC’s faculty of medicine and a leading provider of ED treatments, Pollock has seen the very real effects of what’s known as pornography-induced ED, particularly in younger men.
“Viewing pornography raises the threshold for stimulation and for the brain to send chemical messaging that will produce an erection,” he says, adding that Pollock Clinics has a full sexual health program to help men with this.
Pollock Clinics offers three forms of rapid-access treatments that help rejuvenate the penis. These treatments include ED shock wave therapy, a non-invasive treatment that uses low-intensity acoustic sound waves to achieve long-term benefits. A non-drug approach, the technology treats the underlying vascular cause of erectile dysfunction by improving the quantity and quality of blood vessels and blood flow to the penis. “This addresses the actual cause of erectile dysfunction and not just the symptoms,” Pollock says.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another technique the clinic has expertise in. The treatment uses growth factors from a patient’s own blood, applied via virtually painless micro injections into the penis. PRP shots may enhance blood vessel and nerve regeneration, increasing the amount of blood flow to the penis and enhancing sensitivity.
The team at Pollock Clinics knows that sexual issues are complex, multidimensional and unique to individuals. Contributing factors can be physical, psychological, behavioural and social. Sex therapy with the centre’s certified sex therapist can aid in effectively addressing erectile dysfunction, ultimately restoring intimacy and self-confidence and strengthening relationships.
Today, the clinic is one of BC’s largest providers of circumcision, vasectomy, frenulectomy and erectile dysfunction treatments, and completes over 5,000 surgeries each year.
Photography by Adam Blasberg
Hard work pays off
Dr. Neil Pollock founded Pollock Clinics in 1995 and has never looked back. His successful business philosophy dictated a strict focus on a very limited of number of niche procedures, on which he spent countless hours researching and refining his techniques. His intensity and discipline led to the development of a reputation, a brand, and a business that soon attained brand equity throughout BC among both physicians and patients.
It all started when Dr. Pollock developed his own unique technique for circumcision in newborns, children, adolescents and adults, which would later be referenced in medical journals as the Pollock Technique. Here in BC, more than 40,000 patients have undergone the quick and nearly pain-free procedure that is performed in the office under local anesthesia without the need for stitches, and closer to half a million procedures using the Pollock Technique have been carried out worldwide. Pollock Clinics also offers the Shang Ring circumcision technique and was the first to bring it to Canada and help it get approved by Health Canada.
In 2015, he partnered with Dr. Jack Chang to meet the growing demand for surgical services at Pollock Clinics. Cumulatively they have performed more than 35,000 vasectomies using Pollock’s no-scalpel, no needle, minimally invasive procedure that is completed during a six-minute office procedure.
“Our newest initiative has been bringing our meticulous approach and expertise to a rapidly evolving area—the diagnoses and management of testosterone deficiency in men,” Pollock says.
Changing the game
Pollock decided he wanted to create a way of sharing his knowledge and experience with colleagues. He founded Gentle Procedures Clinic, which provides a game-changing surgical and business opportunity to primary care doctors, as well as specialists, throughout the world who are interested in expanding the in-office surgical component of their practice. Gentle Procedures today is one of the world’s most successful medical franchise companies.
The Gentle Procedures team assists others in seamlessly integrating three non-cosmetic procedures into their practice: circumcision for all ages done under local anaesthetic without the need for sutures, no scalpel vasectomy, and penile frenulectomy.
“We accomplish this through a meticulous surgical training program, and we provide the critical but frequently overlooked business development platform and training, including the ongoing administrative, communications and marketing materials required to grow your new surgical practice at a rate that will astound you,” Pollock says. “We have franchisees operating highly successful clinics in 24 cities and five countries worldwide, and we continue to grow at an accelerated rate annually.”
Even with all their innovation and new age thinking, Pollock and Chang have an old-school commitment to their patients, providing 24/7 after-care and support and two convenient locations.
Pollock also offers all-natural treatments for penile enlargement and premature ejaculation as well as screening and treatment for low testosterone. No doctor’s referral is required.
Learn more at www.pollockclinics.com