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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer that strikes men, next to skin cancer. And for many people, kidney stones and urinary tract infections are common ailments. For these and any other problems related to the urinary tract, kidneys or bladder, turn to WakeMed Physician Practices' urological doctors and urology surgeons located at
WakeMed North Healthplex.

WPP - Capital Urology | Carmin Kalorin, MD, Kenneth Leatherman, MD, Jerome Parnell, MD

WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 310
Raleigh, NC 27610
919-526-1717

WPP - Urology | Ann Becker, MD, Sam Chawla, MD, Robert Matthews, MD, Karl Pete, MD

North Healthplex
10010 Falls of Neuse, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27614
919-350-1570
Raleigh Campus
3024 New Bern Ave., First Floor
Raleigh, NC 27610
919-350-7251
Garner Healthplex 
400 US Hwy 70 E, Suite 202
Garner, NC 27529
919-350-7330

What Are Urological Doctors and Urology Surgeons?
Urology is a medical and surgical specialty that focuses on diseases of the male and female urinary tract, and on the reproductive system of males. This includes the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis). Urological doctors are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. 

Urologists manage medical problems such as urinary tract infections and benign prostatic hyperplasia, as well as the surgical management of cancers, and surgical correction of congenital abnormalities and stress incontinence. Pediatric care can include kidney stones, undescended testis care, circumcision, nocturnal enuresis, hydrocele repair, and management of infections with or without bladder dysfunction.

Training and Education
Urology is a rapidly changing and exciting area of medicine, and urology physicians must actively pursue education on a continuing basis. They encounter a wide variety of clinical problems, and therefore must have a good understanding and knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and other specialties.

Technology, particularly the emergence of robotic assisted surgery (often called computer assisted surgery) and laparoscopic surgery has changed the way urologists practice. For instance, many urologic operations that in the past have been done by open surgery can now be performed through the laparoscope. The development of new agents to fight cancer also has significantly altered the way urologists work by changing the therapy treatment for some urologic cancers.

To specialize in urology, doctors who have completed medical school will need to be accepted into a urology residency, where he or she is likely to spend another five years. This program is usually split so that at least one year is spent studying general surgery, three are spent studying urology, and the last year may be more study in surgery or in other specialties.

Subspecialty Areas
When this training is complete, a person generally will take board certification to become a urologist, though they may spend one to two more years in fellowship programs further specializing in areas such as pediatric urology, renal transplants or the treatment of cancers. The American Urological Association has identified seven subspecialty areas:

  • Pediatric Urology
  • Urologic Oncology (cancer)
  • Renal Transplantation 
  • Male Infertility
  • Calculi (urinary tract stones) 
  • Female Urology (urinary incontinence and pelvic outlet relaxation disorders)
  • Neurourology (voiding disorders, urodynamic evaluation of patients and erectile dysfunction or impotence).

 

 

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