Georgia Urology Adopts Groundbreaking Enlarged Prostate Surgery

Male doctor checking another male patient by pressing into his side as he lays down, checking for enlarged prostate to see if the groundbreaking enlarged prostate surgery is necessary.

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Brent Sharpe counts himself fortunate to not only witness revolutionary breakthroughs in his field, but to be a purveyor himself.

When treating patients for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as prostate enlargement, Dr. Sharpe can now offer the option of the groundbreaking enlarged prostate surgery Aquablation TURP, a game-changing urological procedure. Georgia Urology is the first practice in three surrounding states to perform the surgery.

BPH is a very common condition in which the prostate grows and obstructs the flow of urine. Its effects on the urinary system include decreased flow, difficulty starting the flow, starting and stopping during urination, frequency, urgency, and commonly getting up at night to use the bathroom.

Aquablation TURP by Procept BioRobotics utilizes the clarity of real-time multidimensional imaging, the accuracy of an autonomous robot, and the power of a heat-free water jet to produce a more reliable and predictable surgery. The use of real-time ultrasound permits for key structures to be identified to allow for normal sexual function and continence, as well as to determine the exact size and shape of the prostate.

The automatic robotic device allows for faster and more predictable removal of tissue. In fact, operative times may be reduced as much as 50 percent. Finally, by not using heat energy during the procedure there is a reduction in the typical complications associated with standard TURP.

“It’s really revolutionizing robotic surgery for men with benign prostate hyperplasia,” Dr. Sharpe says, “ which may make other forms of transurethral surgery obsolete.”

After suffering from an enlarged prostate for approximately 12 years, Roger Lance of Buford, Georgia opted for Aquablation TURP and walked away astonished by the results.

Lance says the high-pressure saline stream basically obliterated the obstruction quickly and efficiently. The surgery itself only required an overnight hospital stay. After a one- to two-week recovery period, Lance says he regained bladder control, and things improved greatly.

“I haven’t been able to go to the bathroom like this since I was a teenager,” Lance says. “It’s just amazing how much it changed everything.”

Millard Hixson of Toccoa, Georgia echoes the same sentiment. With an enlarged prostate four times larger than normal, Dr. Sharpe suggested they take action. Hixson chose Aquablation TURP.

“I couldn’t imagine the procedure going as good as it did,” he says. “It’s made a big difference. I don’t get up at night anymore, and I’m able to sleep a lot better. I didn’t realize how much continuous sleep night was important. Now I can sleep for seven to eight hours straight. I have a lot more energy now.”

According to Dr. Sharpe, providing this type of relief and lifestyle change to patients via groundbreaking technology remains one of the most rewarding aspects of his career as a urological surgeon.

“Every patient I’ve worked with has experienced a significant reduction in symptoms, and they’re extremely satisfied,” Dr. Sharpe says. “As a surgeon, you can’t hope for a better outcome than that.”

For more information, you can contact Dr. Sharpe at 678-205-8387 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Efficient Procedure Allows Couple to Conceive, Changes Family’s Life Forever

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Amy Chang of Alpharetta, Ga. longed for motherhood. Not just one child, but “an entire basketball team,” she said with a laugh.

When she and husband Peter agreed to marry more than a decade ago, Amy explained her desire for a brood. Her groom-to-be agreed. However, a serious obstacle blocked their road to biological parenting. Years earlier, Peter had undergone a vasectomy.

This would call for in vitro fertilization (IVF), but first Peter needed a sperm extraction procedure. So the couple called upon Dr. Jerry Yuan of Georgia Urology.

“For men with normal sperm production who have had a vasectomy, the extraction procedure has only minimal challenges,” said Dr. Yuan. “Fortunately, Mr. Chang fell into that category. It required a general anesthesia, making it virtually painless. …We used an operating microscope to aid in finding sperm.”

The extraction, which Amy said took less than 10 minutes from start to finish, proved successful. She recalled both her and Peter were surprised at the quickness and efficiency of the process. The sperm was then shipped to the specialists who handled the IVF procedure. In less than three weeks, the couple had conceived.

Dr. Yuan may have performed hundreds of these extractions throughout his career, but Amy doesn’t downplay the impact it had on her family. What the physician did in mere minutes, she said, was priceless.

“Dr. Yuan forever changed our lives for the better,” she said. “And today we have our 11-year-old son, Harrison.”

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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.”

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