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. John Stites Appeared on The Weekly Check-Up

On Sunday, March 17th, Georgia Urology physician Dr. John Stites appeared on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio for a kidney awareness month special.

During this segment, Dr. Stites provided insight into his background, as well as the pediatric surgical correction and outcome research he performed during his medical training. Dr. Stites answered questions from callers concerning a host of urological conditions, their treatment options, and the nuances of the recovery process. Dr. Stites focus on robotic surgery for prostate cancer, benign prostatic enlargement, complex kidney surgery, adrenal surgery, and kidney stones provided many insightful answers.

Dr. Stites stated, ‘It’s important to set realistic expectations before surgery and understanding that a lot of the recovery process after surgery is patient motivated and requires patience and hard work. But good outcomes are possible.”

If you missed the show, click here to listen.

Georgia Urology Pediatric Physicians Wrote Article for the American Urological Association News

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig and Dr. Andrew Kirsch were invited to write an article about the national trends and variations in the management of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) for the American Urological Association News (AUA). AUA, a premier urologic association that prioritizes the highest standard of urological clinical care through education and research, requested that Dr. Garcia-Roig and Dr. Kirsch research the management of VUR, a urological condition common amongst infants and small children in which the flow of urine goes the wrong way. According to the two GU physicians,” the pendulum has swung aggressively towards a more conservative management of vesicoureteral reflux.”

Click here to read the article.

Dr. Ronald Anglade Featured on The Weekly Check-Up

On Sunday, February 3rd, Dr. Ronald Anglade appeared on The Weekly Check-Up hosted by Bruce Feinberg on News/Talk WSB radio.

Dr. Anglade opened up the segment discussing how a couple’s difficulty in conceiving is not always a woman’s problem. Since Dr. Anglade’s specialties include men’s health, sexual dysfunction, urologic health, and male infertility, his expertise filled the conversation with expert advice. In addition, throughout the two-hour segment, Dr. Anglade discussed in detail the contribution that men’s health plays in conception and the issue of infertility.

Finally, Dr. Anglade answered questions regarding what percentage of couples have trouble conceiving, how often lifestyle issues are the culprit, which specialists to see, what treatments are most effective, and what is normal when it comes to the time spent trying to conceive. 

If you missed the show, click here to listen to the recording.

Georgia Urology Welcomes Dr. John Stites to Gwinnett County locations

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, welcomes Dr. John Stites to its Lawrenceville and Snellville locations in Gwinnett County.

“Georgia Urology is a fantastic place to practice our craft,” says Dr. Stites. “It’s well established, there’s structure and support, and there’s a vested interest on the part of the partners that you don’t have with other practices. It allows autonomy, but also provides amazing guidance when you need it.”

Dr. Stites, a fellowship-trained physician who received his Doctor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, specializes in prostate cancer, kidney stones, and robotic surgery of the kidney and prostate.

“I have the privilege of working in one of the most technologically advancing fields in our specialty,” Dr. Stites says. “Treatments are becoming less invasive with shorter recovery periods. It’s a win-win, because we’re able to do our job more efficiently with a lower complication rate, and patients reap the benefits.”

With the addition of Dr. Stites, current and future Georgia Urology patients are gaining greater access to a growing team of dedicated experts. Dr. Stites offers patients in Gwinnett County more convenient and accessible care, as well as a diverse clinical and technical experience.

Dr. Stites is actively involved in several professional organizations including the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Endourological Society. An author of numerous urological papers, Dr. Stites recently co-authored a chapter in Campbell-Walsh Urology, the field’s definitive textbook.

“Georgia Urology is a busy practice so it requires a mutual effort, work ethic, and a sense of team membership among the staff,” Dr. Stites says. “And I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing team.”

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Andrew Kirsch named President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Urology

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Andrew Kirsch, recently named President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Urology, regularly lectures throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Kirsch has been an invited lecturer and surgeon to more than 25 countries. He continues sharing his expertise in robotic surgery innovation and the minimally invasive treatment of urinary reflux with international colleagues. In the past several months, Dr. Kirsch spoke to pediatric urologists in Rio de Janiero and Salvador, Brazil, Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, and most recently he spoke with colleagues in Delhi, India.

“The resources are less in some of these countries, especially India and Brazil,” says Dr. Kirsch. “In terms of robotic surgery, they’re just starting. My talks help them understand where we started and where we are today. Now that they’ve seen where you can go with it, they’re enthusiastic and want to learn more.”

In addition, Dr. Kirsch spoke about the treatment of urinary reflux, specifically the development of an endoscopic technique that has become the standard of care for children across the globe. He has personally trained more than 500 physicians on the procedure worldwide.

“It’s rewarding to bring innovation to others,” says Dr. Kirsch, “and to speak from our large experience in Atlanta, because we have one of the busiest practices in the United States.”

While the diseases remain the same, Dr. Kirsch says many international pediatric urologists approach things differently due to cultural and economic obstacles.

Outside of the U.S., he says pediatric urology training differs because the field is an offshoot of pediatric surgery. This means few surgeons performing pediatric urology procedures in other countries are specifically trained in pediatric urology.

However, Dr. Kirsch says he sees the tide turning with more international pediatric urologists receiving stateside training and others expressing interest in the formal concentration. Many international trainees have already come to observe Dr. Kirsch in Atlanta.

“I think pediatric urology will become more specialized internationally and probably separate from pediatric surgery,” he says. “That’s basically what happened in the United States, which has resulted in better care for children with genitourinary diseases”.

Georgia Urology brings robotic surgical procedures to Braselton

Drs. Brent Sharpe and Froylan Gonzalez perform cancer surgeries for first time in area

Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, is known for providing innovative procedures to metro Atlanta. Drs. Brent Sharpe and Froylan Gonzalez recently widened that scope by debuting two new minimally-invasive robotic procedures at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton.

On June 27, the physicians combined their expertise to perform a nephrectomy and an adrenalectomy on one patient, and a prostatectomy on another. This marked the first time bilateral cancer operations were performed through the same minimally-invasive, robotic incisions. The second case was a simple robotic prostatectomy for an enlarged prostate, which traditionally is done through a large open incision.

Dr. Sharpe used the XI DaVinci System, the latest in advanced robotic surgical equipment, to perform the surgeries. During each procedure, the surgeon operates joystick-like controllers. The surgeon’s movements are transferred in real-time to the robotic device, which is positioned over the patient and has the actual surgical instruments attached.

“We use the robotic system to do minimally-invasive surgery with what have traditionally been maximally-invasive procedures,” said Sharpe, who has performed more than 700 robotic surgeries. “By using the robotic system we are able to drastically reduce surgical complications and patient recovery time. In these two patients, recovery time will be reduced six-to-12 weeks.”

The nephrectomy and adrenalectomy procedures are unique in and of themselves, and serve as a tangible example of Georgia Urology being on the forefront of technology. The doctors expect this robot-assisted surgery to have been curative. They first removed the cancerous right kidney, and then repositioned the patient and robot to remove the left adrenal gland where the cancer had spread. It’s unusual for this type of surgery to be performed on opposite sides of the same patient in one sitting. The fact that there is new, cutting-edge robotic equipment at this hospital allows for easier repositioning and cuts down on surgical time.

Georgia Urology physicians offer a volume of these procedures that other health care systems in North Georgia do not. A total of 10 Georgia Urology physicians are highly experienced robotic surgeons. Collectively, these doctors have performed more than 5,000 robotic surgeries.

“I feel privileged to help bring these procedures to the Braselton area and to offer personalized care for patients,” said Dr. Sharpe. “Our goal is to meet patients where they are and to offer them and our community hope.”

Georgia Urology is the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Georgia Urology has more than 30 locations and six ambulatory surgery centers. The practice is comprised of more than 40 physicians, many of whom are fellowship-trained and hold advanced specialty training in oncology, robotic surgery, laparoscopy, infertility, incontinence, and pediatrics. Georgia Urology physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and advanced treatment techniques, including robot-assisted technology and minimally-invasive procedures, in order to manage all urological problems in men, women, and children. It is the practice’s mission to inform and partner with patients to develop a personalized, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment plan for all of their urological conditions.

Georgia Urology Named Best Urology Blogger

best urology blogger award

We’re proud to announce that Georgia Urology has been ranked #9 as one of the internet’s Best Urology bloggers!

We were recognized in a comprehensive list of best urology internet content that is ranked on criteria such as Google reputation and search ranking, social media influence, and quality and consistency of the postings. To learn more about Georgia Urology’s recognition, click here. Visit this page to check out the blogs that helped us earn this title.

Dr. Lewis Kriteman appears on “The Weekly Check-Up” on WSB radio

On Sunday, December 9th, Dr. Lewis Kriteman appeared on The Weekly Check-Up hosted by Bruce Feinberg on News/Talk WSB radio.

At the beginning of the two-hour segment, Dr. Kriteman discussed his background at Yale University and his experience working as an investment banker on Wall Street before heading to medical school.

However, for the majority of the interview, Dr. Kriteman explained how the common myth of benign prostatic hyperplasia being connected to prostate cancer is not true. He also examined the minimally invasive and surgical options for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, including transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), greenlight, aqua ablation, and Urolift procedures.

Dr. Kriteman closed the segment emphasizing how medication doesn’t have to be the first option of patients suffering from BPH. He stated, “Once I have all of the information on my patient’s case, I can better guide the patient on what their options are. Then, it’s a shared decision between the patient and the surgeon to figure out what’s going to be the best way to achieve the restoration of confidence and health.”

If you missed the show, click here to listen!

Patient Overcomes Prostate Cancer, Credits Dr. Sharpe

Urologist meets with patient overcomes prostate cancer

After surviving a trio of brain surgeries to remove a tumor, Victor Bedzyk, a retired electrical engineer, would face yet another health challenge: prostate cancer.

In late 2016, Bedzyk received the news from Dr. Brent Sharpe. With Bedzyk’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) numbers on the rise, Dr. Sharpe suggested a prostate biopsy. The test came back positive for cancer.

Although Dr. Sharpe believed the cancer was contained to the prostate, he found evidence of the disease on the borders of the organ. The physician suggested several options, including prostate removal.

“I researched all of the options,” Bedzyk said, “but a prostatectomy made the most sense to me. There’s no point of doing something that might come back on you like a boomerang.”

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, an advanced form of robotic surgical equipment, Dr. Sharpe performed the minimally-invasive procedure from a console with joystick-like controls. The machine translated the surgeon’s movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside Bedzyk’s body.

According to Dr. Sharpe, this was the first time a patient was discharged the same day following a prostatectomy in Georgia. Today, Dr. Sharpe said Georgia Urology is the only practice in the state offering a same-day discharge prostatectomy.

Although he faced a challenging recuperation period, Bedzyk remained confident he chose wisely. And Dr. Sharpe soon provided confirmation. Once the prostate was removed, a full biopsy revealed more cancer than was previously discovered.

“Even though you have to go through recovery and side effects, you have your life ahead of you,” said Bedzyk, who credits his resilience to a strong faith, a supportive family, and a positive attitude.

Dr. Sharpe’s skill and professional aptitude bolstered Bedzyk’s confidence in his physician and resulted in an ongoing doctor-patient relationship.

“He’s brilliant,” said Bedzyk. “Dr. Sharpe’s brain comprehends so much, so quickly. He gets to the core issues and sees what needs to be done. … He tries to stay on the frontline of his field and aware of all the things he can do. …I’m grateful for that.”

Today Bedzyk said he savors life, from spending time with his wife and grandchildren to building a boat in his home workshop. Cancer remains undetectable, and Bedzyk continues having his PSA checked regularly. He encourages other men to be diligent, too.

“You can’t get tested too early,” Bedzyk said. “At age 52, my brother found out he had stage IV prostate cancer. And a lot of people don’t start checking until they’re in their 60s or late 50s. …Prostate cancer is a danger, for sure. So I always recommend men keep a urologist among their roster of physicians.”

If you are facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, click here to get in touch with our expert urology team.