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Approximately 13 percent of adults age 20 and over — about 26 million adults in the United States — have physiological evidence of some form of chronic kidney disease. Roughly 2.36 million surgeries involve the urinary system each year*.
*Source: National Center for Health Statistics
 

Understanding Urology

Urology is the medical and surgical specialty focused on the care of the urinary tracts of males and females and on the reproductive organs of males. WellStar urologic surgeons have special expertise in surgically treating diseases of the kidneys, the adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra and the male reproductive organs. They perform a broad spectrum of emergency and elective inpatient and outpatient surgeries.


WellStar Health System offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient urologic services. Some WellStar urologic surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System, a robotic surgical system that offers many patients smaller incisions, fewer complications and shorter recovery times. WellStar has found considerable success with the system in urology, especially for prostatectomy procedures in which the prostate is surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. A urologist performed Georgia’s first robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy.


WellStar Cobb Hospital, WellStar Douglas Hospital, the Surgery Center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and WellStar Windy Hill Hospital partner with skilled surgeons, who use the most advanced equipment and techniques in modern surgical facilities. These surgeons perform more than 42,000 surgeries each year. For information, call 770.956.STAR (7827).


Procedures:

As with all surgical services at WellStar, urologic surgeons take deliberate and tactful measures to ensure the success of every surgery. A team consisting of nurses, technicians, surgeons and anesthesiologists work together to provide the best urologic care to every patient. Anesthesia is required for all urologic surgeries, although local anesthesia may be used in some procedures. Successful urologic surgery depends upon careful preparation, education and timely recuperation. Recovery and rest is also of the utmost importance in order for the patient to recover fully from any surgical procedure.


 
 
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