Medical Moment: Urology for the 21st century

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By The Staff

I am very excited about joining the medical center and the wonderful community of Los Alamos. I would like to introduce myself and give a brief overview of how modern urology uses many new techniques and technology to provide better, safer and less painful treatment for a variety of diseases.

And I am pleased be able to offer all of them right here at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Urology goes a long way back in time. Descriptions of operations for bladder stones were found in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Hindu writings.

Our specialty has always been on the forefront of medical art as it evolved, frequently being the first field to introduce an entirely new way of treating a disease.

For instance, the first medical endoscope – an instrument designed to look inside the body through a natural passage of a human body – was designed and used by a German urologist in 1878. Urologists strive to adhere to the tradition of embracing innovation today as they have in the past. Common urologic technologies include:

Laparoscopy: This method of performing complex surgery inside the abdominal cavity, with a camera and special instruments inserted through small incisions, has been gaining increased use in urology.

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