Urology is the specialty of medicine that encompasses the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Urologists identify and care for diseases or abnormalities within the adrenal glands, kidneys, bladder and urethra. Urologists perform a variety of procedures including nephrectomy, lithotripsy and vasectomies.
The removal of a kidney, either partial or fully, is know as nephrectomy. Radical nephrectomy involves removing an entire kidney and often the surrounding adrenal gland and lymph nodes. Partial nephrectomy involves removing small portions or tumors from the kidney. Recoveries after nephrectomy procedures vary on the type of procedure performed and the individual. Patients should express any concerns following their procedure with their surgical team as soon as possible. Southwestern Medical Center offers laparoscopic and open nephrectomies.
Lithotripsy uses high-pressure shock waves to break-up kidney stones. The stones are then small enough to make passing through the bladder possible. During the procedure patients will be monitored through x-ray or ultrasound to ensure the stone’s location. The procedure takes around an hour and recovery time is minimal. To learn more about lithotripsy visit the lithotripsy page. Southwestern Medical Center is the only facility in Lawton with an onsite lithotripsy machine, available 24/7.
The urologists at Southwestern Medical Center have performed over 11,000 procedures, utilizing a special no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy procedure that is completed within five minutes. After spraying a local anesthetic the urologist will apply a specialized clamp that separates the vas deferens tissue and blood vessels from the surigical site and create a puncture mark through the scrotum, which heals itself and does not require stitches. This technique is less invasive and patients experience less pain and discomfort than with traditional practices.
A vasectomy reversal is typically performed in the urologist’s office, utilizing an operating microscope. Reversals can have a success rate of 95%, if done within 10 years of a vasectomy.