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The Department of Urology at Beaumont encompasses patient care, education and research. Many comprehensive services and programs have also been instituted.
The Department of Urology encompasses expertise in treatment, state-of-the-art technology, dedication to education, and innovative research.
Doctors and staff provide a full array of urological diagnoses and treatments. Areas of specialization include:
Approximately 150 robotic prostatectomies are performed a year by skilled robotic surgeons at Beaumont.
International urologists from such countries as the Philippines, Zambia, Mongolia and the United Kingdom have had fellowships at Beaumont over the years. Often they return to their native countries and provide the Beaumont standards of healthcare to their patients and share their expertise with peers around the world.
Urology research at Beaumont has a distinguished track record for groundbreaking study results. With conclusive research on urinary incontinence, interstitial cystitis, prostate cancer, neuromodulation, urinary devices and erectile dysfunction, Beaumont investigators have made discoveries that directly impact patient care:
The research at Beaumont uses nerve rerouting to redirect nerves in the spinal cord to gain better control of urination. After the procedure, patients signal the bladder to urinate by scratching or pinching their leg or buttocks. The Chinese doctor who developed the surgery, Chuan-Guo Xiao, M.D., reports an almost 90-percent success rate. The average time it took to see results was 12 to 24 months after surgery, with patients in China reporting better urinary control and improvements in their bowel function.
The surgical team working with Dr. Xiao at Beaumont includes Ananias Diokno, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer; Kenneth Peters, M.D., chairman of Beaumont's Urology Department; and Jose Gonzalez, M.D., Urology.
Eight additional surgeries were performed in April 2007 for seven children and one adult. All of the patients have spina bifida. All but one patient comes from out-of-state - some come from as far as Utah and Georgia.
Adult Stem Cell Study for Stress Urinary Incontinence. Beaumont Hospital urologists are first in the United States to research stress urinary incontinence treatment using a person's own stem cells. The stem cells are used to strengthen weak muscles that control urination.
If successful, (autologous) muscle-derived stem cell therapy could offer new hope to people and offer them a life free of urinary leakage," says Dr. Peters, who is leading the research at Beaumont.
Stress urinary incontinence - the cause of wetness with coughing or physical activity - affects about 13 million Americans, most of them women, but also men who have had a prostatectomy (surgery for prostate cancer). Current treatments, including medicine, exercises and surgery, are not always effective and may have undesirable side effects. The stem cells from 48 female research participants age 18 or older will be collected at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and duplicated. The cells will then be injected into the muscles that control urination to strengthen them and prevent leakage.
As one of the busiest urology research programs, Beaumont is highly successful at recruiting and retaining patients for studies. With the average enrollment for urological studies around 100 patients, Beaumont has the capacity, expertise and infrastructure to complete large studies.