Celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness Day with the Atlanta Braves

 

On Sunday, June 16th, join the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital as they celebrate those who have courageously battled prostate cancer.  The funds raised will support research and education in honor of the Atlanta Braves Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.

A pregame brunch will be held in the Terrace Garden before the Atlanta Braves play the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:20 p.m. Your tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call on the day of the game.

Survivors will Receive:

  • One complimentary game ticket in the Home Run Porch
  • Atlanta Braves Prostate Cancer Awareness Day T-shirt
  • Access to a pregame Father’s Day brunch with guest speakers and alumni appearances
  • Participation in a pregame On-Field Ceremony

Additional tickets for family and friends are available for $24 each. Click here to register today.

Staff Spotlight: Surmouri V. Sullivant

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated staff members and physicians. That’s why we’re taking the time to highlight the men and women who provide our patients with such positive experiences.

We’re highlighting Certified Medical Assistant and Surgery Coordinator, Surmouri V. Sullivant, who has been with Georgia Urology for 20 years.

1. Why did you choose to work in the field of urology?

My mom also worked in this medical field, but I love working with people and helping them. I wanted to do that in this field.

2. What’s the most rewarding part about your job?

Whenever I get hugs and thanks of appreciation from patients. Plus, the physicians thanking me is great.

3. What does your daily routine look like?

It’s always really busy with patients. Our phones are ringing nonstop, but I really love and enjoy my job.

4. Do you have any advice for people hoping to work in your field?

They have to care, have compassion, drive, and understanding for all of our patients.

5. What are your favorite past-times?

I love to spend time with my family, including my 97-year-old grandma. We love to watch movies, especially on Netflix.

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Froylan Gonzalez Appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

Dr. Froylan Gonzalez appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Froylan Gonzalez appeared on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, May, 12th.

Throughout his segment, Dr. Gonzalez spoke on his expertise in a wide range of men’s health conditions that include erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer. Dr. Gonzalez also took questions from callers about prostatic fluid issues, radiation cystitis, and enlarged prostates.

Additionally, Dr. Gonzalez explained the link between bladder cancer and smoking/vaping tobacco products from the harmful chemicals that accumulate in the urine.

Dr. Gonzalez states, “There is a huge connection between smoking and bladder cancer. All of those chemicals get into the bloodstream, the kidneys then filter out those chemicals that are carcinogens, and they get concentrated in the urine and sit in the bladder for hours on end. We don’t drink enough fluid or use the restroom often enough and the chemicals in the urine cause disease of the bladder.”

If you missed the show, listen here.

Georgia Urology Involved in 5th Annual Police Health and Wellness Fair

On April 24th at the Atlanta Police Headquarters downtown, the expert staff of Georgia Urology joined the 5th Annual Police Health & Wellness Fair. An array of health and wellness booths provided a variety of information and health screenings free of charge to City of Atlanta police officers, firefighters, and safety professionals. This included PSA screenings courtesy of Georgia Urology.

“The health fair events are very important,” Deputy Chief at the Atlanta Police Department, Todd Coyt, said. “A couple of years ago, since I had recently gone to the doctor, I was going to skip the health fair. But I decided to go and got my PSA checked again. They noticed a slight elevation in my PSA. My doctor said it was probably nothing to be concerned about, but they would check it out. Lo and behold, I had the early stages of prostate cancer. And because I had come to the health fair, they were able to catch it in the very early stages. That helped me get treatment and have surgery. Now I’m cancer free.”

Rudy Morgan, acting executive director of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, also said, “We at Georgia Prostate Cancer have decided that we’re going to take a corporate approach to prostate cancer screening by taking the screening to the workplace. And what a better opportunity to work with the civil servants in our community, our police, fire, and safety individuals. We hope to provide these free prostate cancer screenings to eliminate the deaths due to prostate cancer, and educate, make people aware, and hopefully prevent the effects of the late stage of prostate cancer.”

 

Staff Spotlight: Ericka Johnson

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated employees. We’re excited to highlight these wonderful medical professionals who serve our patients every day through monthly Staff Spotlights!

This month, we’re highlighting Georgia Urology Medical Assistant and Clinical Lead, Ericka Johnson, who has been with us for more than eight years.

1. Why did you choose to work in the field of urology?

I am very passionate about healthcare and helping others. I wanted to do something in my career that’s challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis.

2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Engaging with patients and establishing a relationship with them.

3. What would you do if you weren’t with Georgia Urology?

I would probably be a pediatric oncology nurse!

4. Tell us about your family.

One son named Emerson that is six years old.

5. What are your favorite past-times?

I love traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family.

Want to work with Ericka or any of our other fantastic staff members? Click here to schedule an appointment with Georgia Urology!

Georgia Urology Sponsors Amplify Decatur Music Festival

On Saturday, April 13th, several Georgia Urology physicians and staff members enjoyed The Amplify Decatur Festival. A series of incredible concerts that takes place at downtown Decatur during the course of one, artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Julien Backer, Kevn Kinney, and The Bitteroots made it a fantastic day.

Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig, Dr. Lambda Msezane, and physician liaison, Ali Webb came out with their families to enjoy the music and participate as a gold sponsor for the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds were given to the Decatur Cooperative Ministry to support its efforts in preventing and alleviating homelessness in Dekalb County.

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Barry Zisholtz Contributed to Medical Case Study

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Barry Zisholtz recently contributed to a medical case study that examined the relevance of petit’s triangle, an anatomical landmark that is not typically significant in clinical practices. This article detailed a rare case of a hydronephrotic kidney that was herniated through the Petit’s triangle of a morbidly obesed woman.

This is the first known case of a kidney herniating through the Petit’s triangle in a patient with no history of surgery or trauma. The majority of lumbar hernias are acquired due to fascial and muscle weakness that develops over decades.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Zisholt’s case study, click here.

Infertility in Males — It’s Not Just the Woman

Male and female couple at a doctor's desk, holding hands and discussing Infertility in Males.

By Dr. Lawrence Goldstone, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Infertility is defined as a couples inability to conceive after one year of appropriately timed and unprotected intercourse. It can affect 15% of couples. Typically thought to be a woman’s problem, infertility in males is actually the primary factor in 20-30% of cases, and is a contributor as a combined couples problem an additional 20-30% of the time.

The evaluation of infertility in males is a relatively simple and straightforward process. It begins with a thorough history, focusing on sexual history, the timing of intercourse, and the use of lubricants. A past history of prior surgeries in the pelvis or reproductive tract will be noted, as well as a history of pain, swelling, or infections in that area.

Medicines and lifestyle choices will be carefully reviewed. Smoking (both tobacco and marijuana) and alcohol can affect sperm health. Testosterone supplements and anabolic steroid usage are an increasingly common cause of male factor infertility. Stress, obesity, and even prolonged heat exposure to the genital area may adversely affect sperm quality.

A physical exam with attention to testicular size and quality will be performed. The presence or absence of the vas deferens(the tube that carries sperm from the testicle) can easily be addressed. Your physician will also check for vein swellings in the scrotum called varicoceles that can impact sperm counts and function.

A semen analysis will be arranged if not already performed. This gives valuable information about semen volume, sperm quantity, and quality. Laboratory testing can provide important clues to hormonal imbalances and chromosomal abnormalities that may affect reproductive health. Ultrasound examinations of the genital tract may occasionally be arranged. In summary, the evaluation is relatively quick and simple and can often be accomplished after only one or two office visits.

Treatment of infertility in males will, of course, depend on the underlying factors. It may be as simple as lifestyle modifications and timing and frequency of intercourse. Medications may be used, particularly for hormonal imbalances. Minor surgeries to correct varicoceles can often be helpful. There are even procedures to retrieve sperm from men who were previously thought to be completely sterile and without hope.

In summary, male factor infertility is a common problem and the physicians at Georgia Urology are well-focused on its improvement. Click here to schedule an appointment with us today if you want to discuss further. 

Georgia Urology physicians to treat more than 1,500 patients with the UroLift System for enlarged prostate

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, today announced that they will be surpassing the treatment of more than 1,500 patients with the UroLift® System, a proven, minimally invasive technology to treat men suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. Most recently, Dr. Carl Capelouto reached his 100th case in February, Dr. Ronald Anglade performs his 150th case this month, and Dr. Lewis Kriteman will complete his 100th procedure in April. These numbers help make Georgia Urology one of the highest performing practitioners of the UroLift® System in metro Atlanta.

“The UroLift® System preserves sexual function which is important to men and their partners,” says Dr. Ronald Anglade. “Patients like that they can have the treatment done in my office, in under an hour, with local anesthesia. And best of all, they experience rapid symptom relief and return to normal routines quickly,” he adds.

Nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by BPH. Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. Symptoms of BPH often include interrupted sleep and urinary problems and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. 

Five-year data from a randomized study shows the UroLift® System offers not only rapid improvement but also durable relief for patients with BPH. After five years, patients treated with the UroLift® System continue to experience symptom relief with minimal side effects, with few patients requiring additional treatment for relief. A second randomized clinical trial called BPH6 demonstrated that the minimally invasive UroLift® System compares very well to the reference standard surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), with regard to efficacy, and is superior to TURP at preserving sexual function and offering a more rapid recovery. 

Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of medication treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs. For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts, heats or removes prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Proctor Delivers Lecture on Interstitial Cystitis (IC) on Behalf of The Interstitial Cystitis Association

Georgia Urology’s own Dr. Jeffrey Proctor presents an overview of interstitial cystitis (IC), including symptoms, treatments, at the Interstitial Cystitis Association’s (ICA) patient forum titled “IC from A to Z”, held in Atlanta, GA, on August 23, 2009. The ICA is a non-profit health association that is committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with interstitial cystitis. Learn more in the lecture below!