Procedures

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West Georgia Urology utilizes many office-based, minimally invasive treatments and diagnostic procedures. These include but are not limited to:

Procedures

Vasectomy

Vasectomy is the most common procedure that is used for male sterilization. A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure where the vas deferens are isolated, cut, and ligated, thereby disrupting the flow of sperm into the ejaculate. After follow-up semen analyses demonstrate no persistent sperm after the vasectomy, a man should no longer be able to father children.

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Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy is the most common procedure that is used for male sterilization. A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure where the vas deferens are isolated, cut, and ligated, thereby disrupting the flow of sperm into the ejaculate. After follow-up semen analyses demonstrate no persistent sperm after the vasectomy, a man should no longer be able to father children.

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Penile Implants

A penile implant is a surgically placed prosthetic device, used for the permanent correction of male erectile dysfunction (ED). West Georgia Urology uses the American Medical Systems devices. This particular procedure is not indicated for all patients; there are many other treatment options for men with ED. However, for the men where less invasive treatments have failed, the penile implant is a satisfying and highly effective option.

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Circumcision

A circumcision is the removal of the excess skin at the end of the penis (foreskin). In the United States, many newborn circumcisions are performed as an elective procedure before the baby leaves the hospital.

The AAP does note some health benefits related to circumcisions, but these reasons are not sufficient to mandate circumcision nationwide. The AAP denotes that the physician should give the parents the risks and benefits of the circumcision and allow the parent to make the decision.

Most boys will do fine with or without a circumcision as long as they practice good personal hygiene. Occasionally, a circumcision will become medically necessary to treat or avoid problems in the future.

Most families choose to circumcise their child for cultural, religious or personal reasons. This type of circumcision is defined as an elective circumcision.

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Transurethral Resection of Prostate

Transurethral resection of the prostate is a procedure that treats urinary problems that are caused by an oversized prostate. The doctor will use a combined visual and surgical instrument to trim away the excess tissue on the enlarged prostate that is blocking urine flow.

Interstim

InterStim® therapy is a reversible treatment for people with urge incontinence caused by overactive bladder who do not respond to behavioral treatments or medication. InterStim is an implanted neurostimulation system that sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve, the nerve near the tailbone that influences bladder control muscles. Stimulation of this nerve may relieve the symptoms related to urge incontinence.

Prior to implantation, the effectiveness of the therapy is tested on a outpatient basis with an external InterStim device. For a period of 3 to 5 days, the patient records voiding patterns that occur with stimulation. The record is compared to recorded voiding patterns without stimulation. The comparison demonstrates whether the device effectively reduces symptoms. If the test is successful, the patient may choose to have the device implanted.

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UroLift

UroLift is a new treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The system utilizes small implants to hold the prostate in place in such a way that it no longer blocks the urinary tract. This option could be preferable for patients who may not want to have any part of their prostates actually removed.

Rezum

Rezum is another treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that involves the use of radiofrequency energy to create water vapor, which is injected into prostate tissue to reverse its growth by causing gentle damage to its cells.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

InterStim is an implanted neurostimulation system that sends mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve, the nerve near the tailbone that influences bladder control muscles. Stimulation of this nerve may relieve the symptoms related to urge incontinence.

Female Urethral Sling

A Female Urethral Sling is a narrow mesh band placed surgically below the mid urethra for permanent correction of female stress urinary incontinence. West Georgia Urology specializes in minimally invasive treatment of incontinence in females and offers many treatment options, which includes the latest surgical procedures. While a Urethral Sling is not indicated for all women with urinary incontinence due to the fact that there are many causes of this problem, it is a highly effective solution for women who have stress incontinence.

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Anterior/Posterior Prolapse Surgery

Anterior/Posterior Prolapse Surgery is a corrective measure taken to restore the vagina’s anatomy following a prolapse of the bladder or the rectum. The specific approach to this procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the prolapse and the options available.

Shockwave Lithotripsy (for kidney stones)

Shockwave Lithotripsy is one of the most popular treatment options for kidney stones today. Though it ultimately depends on the size and shapes of the patient’s stones, this treatment involves the use of pressure waves to break kidney stones apart into equal pieces so that they may be easier to pass.

Ureteroscopy

A ureteroscopy is an examination of the upper urinary tract, most often used to diagnose and treat kidney stones. In certain situations, the doctor may be able to remove the stones themselves while performing the examination. For patients who are pregnant or dealing with a blood clotting disorder, for example, ureteroscopy may be preferable to shock wave lithotripsy.

Xiaflex (for Peyronie’s)

Xiaflex is a prescription medicine that is used to treat Peyronie’s disease, which is a condition that caused the penis to curve upward when erect. The medication works in conjunction with gentle stretching and straightening of the penis to break down the “plaque” that causes the lumps and curves in the first place.

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Robotic radical prostatectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that uses robotic equipment to remove the entire prostate. This option is often necessary for patients with prostate cancer.

Space-Oar

Space-Oar is a prostate cancer treatment measure that has been clinically proven to protect patients’ quality of life during prostate cancer radiation treatment. The treatment involves using a hydrogel to provide about a half-inch of extra space between the prostate and the rectum, significantly reducing the amount of radiation that reaches the rectum.

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Radical/Partial Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

A nephrectomy is a minimally invasive, robotically assisted surgery designed to treat kidney cancer. It allows the doctor to remove part of the kidney, the entire kidney, or the entire kidney and its surrounding structures, depending on the severity of the cancer in the patient.

Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor

A transurethral resection of bladder tumor is a procedure that is most often used to determine whether somebody has bladder cancer. The treatment also allows the care provider to determine the severity of the cancer. It is a common treatment for early-stage or superficial bladder cancers.

Blue Light Cystoscopy

Blue Light Cystoscopy represents an alternative to transurethral resection of bladder tumor in determining the presence of cancer. It involves installing a photosensitizer into the bladder and running light tests that allow the doctor to ascertain whether a tumor is present and how severe it is.

Varicocelectomy

A varicocelectomy is a surgery designed to repair a swelling of veins in the scrotum. This swelling, usually caused by a blood backup in the veins, can cause pain or a heavy feeling in the scrotum, but it is often painless and thus goes undiagnosed.

Orchiectomy

Orchiectomy is a surgical procedure by which the surgeon removes one or both testicles. It can be used to treat cancer or as a first step in gender confirmation surgery for transgender women. West Georgia Urology can perform simple, subcapsular and inguinal orchiectomies, depending on the patient’s needs.