Urology Services

Urology Services

It’s our mission to serve you with excellent care and the most advanced medical technology available anywhere. Here are some ways we invest in doing just that.

The da Vinci® robot
On December 20, 2006, a da Vinci® robot-assisted prostatectomy was performed at Sacred Heart Hospital—the first procedure of its kind in our region’s history. We were proud to be the first with this technology, made possible by funding provided by the hospital’s foundation, Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital. Since then, our talented urologists have performed over 350 prostate surgeries using the da Vinci surgical system.

What it is: The da Vinci robot helps takes medicine beyond the limits of a surgeon’s hands. It allows the urologist to see more, and move within a patient more nimbly and precisely. This has many benefits for patients:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less tissue disturbance, which means better healing
  • Greater safety
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Greater hope and healing

Added benefit: with technology like the da Vinci, Sacred Heart can recruit the best and brightest surgeons—specialists that would otherwise only consider practicing in major metropolitan facilities. 

For Kidney Stones: Less Invasive Treatments

Many new techniques and treatments at Sacred Heart Hospital have nearly eliminated the need to surgically remove kidney stones, which has meant much faster patient recoveries. Today, open surgery is only used for the most complicated cases. The procedures we use to treat kidney stones today include:

Lithotripsy
This is a medical procedure that uses high energy shock waves to break up stones that form in the kidney, bladder, ureters or gallbladder. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is a nonsurgical and noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound and fluoroscopy to locate the stone in order to focus shock waves that fragment the stone into small pieces. Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy (EHL) and Laser Lithotripsy are also used to break up stones in the bladder or in the ureter.

Laparoscopic Surgery
This surgery is performed with instruments that are inserted through very small incisions, allowing the surgeon to work using a small video camera and specialized instruments. This procedure is less invasive than open surgery. It reduces complications and results in less tissue that needs to heal.

Percutaneous Nephrolithtomy (PNL)
This is a treatment for large stones located in the kidney. General anesthesia is used and a small incision is made to place an instrument into the kidney and down the ureter under fluoroscopic guidance. Using a nephroscope to visualize the stone, it is fragmented and removed.

Endoscopy
A lighted medical instrument inserted in the body through a small incision is used for diagnostic examination and surgical procedures.

Ureteroscopy
General anesthesia is used and a very small fiber-optic instrument is inserted and used to visualize and remove stones in the ureter or kidney.

Find a physician

To locate and schedule a urology appointment, contact: