Laparoscopic techniques utilize small instruments to perform surgery in the abdomen without a traditional incision, leading to improved outcomes with many associated benefits to the patient. Our laparoscopic program has blossomed in recent years, with nearly all kidney and ureter surgery done in this way.
For the patient, benefits may include:
Kidney stones are very common in South Carolina, more than nearly every other state in the Union. This problem usually requires prompt attention because of pain resulting from obstruction or infection of the kidney. Kidney stones (calculi) are hardened mineral deposits that form in the kidney. They originate as microscopic particles and develop into stones over time. The medical term for this condition is nephrolithiasis, or renal stone disease.
The kidneys filter waste products from the blood and add them to the urine that the kidneys produce. When waste materials in the urine do not dissolve completely, crystals and kidney stones are likely to form. Small stones can cause some discomfort as they pass out of the body. Regardless of size, stones may pass out of the kidney, become lodged in the ureter (tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder), and cause severe pain that begins in the lower back and radiates to the side or groin. A lodged stone can block the flow of urine, causing pressure to build in the affected ureter and kidney. Increased pressure results in stretching and spasm, which cause severe pain.
Our physicians are trained in all modern techniques used to treat kidney stones including ureteroscopy with laser stone disruption and stone basket extraction, where smaller and smaller instruments have allowed increasingly precise stone manipulation. Shock wave lithotripsy allows disruption of a kidney stone without entering the body. Instead, powerful shockwaves travel through the skin to impact the stone, breaking it into smaller fragments which then exit the urinary tract with relative ease. And with percutaneous nephrolithotomy, a high tech option where an instrument is introduced into the kidney via a small tube in the back, virtually any sized stone can be removed. All of these treatments are made available 24 hours a day, so that our patients will not have to wait in pain to be treated.
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Men's HealthMen have special medical needs and our Board Certified Physicians are specially trained to meet those needs. Conditions treated include BPH/Prostate Enlargement, Erectile Dysfunction, Epididymitis, Prostatitis, Prostate Cancer, Peyroine’s disease, Male infertility, and Testosterone deficiency.
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Women's HealthWomen have special needs and our Board Certified Physicians are sensitive to those needs, treating a variety of conditions women see commonly at different points in their lives. These include bladder prolapse, urge and stress incontinence, recurrent bladder infections, interstitial cystitis, and others.
Pediatric UrologyInfants and children have special needs and many special conditions not seen in adults. Most importantly, infants and children are not little adults, and require a unique approach to achieve good outcomes. We evaluate and treat urologic problems and disorders of the genitalia and urinary tract in infants, children, and adolescents. Common pediatric problems include circumcision, undescended testicles, hydroceles, and hypospadias. Urinary tract disorders include antenatal hydronephrosis, urinary obstruction, and vesicoureteral reflux. We also treat urinary incontinence in children.
Urologic CancersCancer is often a devastating discovery which changes lives every day. Our physicians have received special training to offer a variety of treatments for important cancer seen in Urology. Both conservative and radical treatment options are available in many situations. We offer cutting edge evaluations and treatments in Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Adrenal Cancer, Testicular Cancer, and Penile Cancer.
Reproductive HealthProblems related to male infertility and unwanted fertility are seen commonly in our patient population, and we are specially trained to diagnose and treat these problems with care and compassion. We offer a variety of interventions for male infertility as well as no scalpel vasectomy and microsurgical vasectomy reversal.
Minimally-Invasive SurgeryOur Board Certified Physicians have made a commitment to offering our patients the most up-to-date surgical treatments with a minimum of trauma to the body. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic expansion in instrumentation and consequent capability in treating a variety of urologic conditions with minimally invasive surgery. These approaches are preferred whenever possible, since they allow less tissue damage, faster recovery time, and less scarring than open surgery. Our physicians offer these state-of-the-art treatment approaches, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, laser, and lithotripsy in management of the gamut of urologic problems. Robotic surgery using the da Vinci® platform, is the latest evolution in this movement.