Technological innovations in urology have resulted in far-reaching improvements in patient care. At St Pete Urology, the implementation of new technologies and innovations has improved diagnostic accuracy, enhanced the safety and quality of treatments, and streamlined patient information systems. For example, the use of advanced imaging technologies has enabled urologists to visualize and diagnose different conditions more precisely while minimally invasive surgery results in significantly reduced pain and quicker recovery and convalescence.
Our urology specialists use laparoscopic surgery when applying miniature instruments inserted using a small tube (known as a laparoscope) through small incisions in the patient’s body. We use novel biological sensors, techniques and instruments to ensure less pain, faster recovery and better outcomes for urologic problems. For example, we offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for kidney stones, pelvic organ prolapse, live donor nephrectomy, uretal stricture, uretopelvic junction obstruction, renal cysts, renal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer and more. Our urologists in St Petersburg have also refined laparoscopic surgery for use in children to remove dysfunctional or malformed kidneys, correct blocked ureters and treat undescended testicles.
At St Pete Urology, every urologist is trained in the use of robotic surgery to perform operations with more precision. Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally-invasive operation similar to laparoscopy (performed through smaller incisions than open surgery), but in which small surgical tools are mounted on a robotic arm controlled by the surgeon using a computer. The urologist makes tiny incisions for inserting the instruments into the body then uses an endoscope to view enlarged 3-D images of the affected area during the operation. Our urology clinic boasts of the da Vinci machine, the world’s most advanced surgical robot, enabling our specialists to conduct operations with better vision, precision and control.
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
Also called Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), this form of treatment has been implemented at St Pete Urology with great success for prostate patients. Our state-of-the-art imaging enables urologists to direct radiation with more precision to the area of the prostate that requires treatment. With better preparation and planning, this technology ensures more accuracy and allows the urologist to target the same area of the prostate for all additional treatments. In fact, EBRT ensures less radiation and pinpoint accuracy for better outcomes and reduced side effects associated with radiotherapy.
Cryosurgery and Cryosurgical Ablation
We have implemented new cryosurgical technologies for treating prostate cancer, making it easier for our urologists to map cancerous cells more precisely, and freezing and killing cells not reachable by means of radical prostatectomy surgery. Similarly, we use cryosurgical ablation to destroy diseased tissues and eradicate prostate cancer in patients who decline radical surgery (involving prostate removal). Our cryosurgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and without incisions, ensuring minimal blood loss or side effects.
Selecting the Best Technologies
In a world with seemingly endless urology innovations and technologies, we have carefully selected and implemented only those that are effective and appeal to both patients and doctors. This means that all technologies at St Pete Urology have a proven efficacy, cause the least discomfort to patients, and can easily be performed by every urologist. For more information on safer and effective use of the latest technological innovations in the treatment of urological conditions, make an appointment at St Pete Urology in St Petersburg, Florida.