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New Surgical Urology Technology Benefits Patients at WCA Hospital


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Peter J. Walter, M.D., F.A.C.S., board certified urologist on the WCA Hospital medical staff, was among the first surgeons at WCA to utilize the new advanced surgical technology. Dr. Walter showcases the Urology Surgical Suite at WCA Hospital that features the latest in high definition, digital imaging to identify and treat urologic conditions with pinpoint accuracy.

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Dr. Walter and WCA Hospital surgical team perform a urologic procedure utilizing the new surgical technology recently acquired by WCA Hospital.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, April 17, 2015)— New urologic surgical technology at WCA enhances the ever changing and expanding role of minimally invasive procedures at WCA.  The new advanced technological upgrades allow urologic surgeons at WCA Hospital to perform complex urologic procedures employing minimally invasive approaches to treat disorders of the kidney, ureter, prostate, bladder, and urethra.  Patients benefit from minimally invasive surgery with reduced post-operative discomfort, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.

James M. Kenney, Senior R.N. for the WCA Hospital Surgical Program, explains that the newly acquired technology includes High Definition (HD) digital flexible ureteroscopes that improve visualization and allow access to every calyx within the kidney.  In addition, WCA now has the World's first HD digital flexible cystoscope that provides an unappalled image while minimizing patient discomfort.  Finally, light weight urology specific camera heads used in allow enhanced visualization and mobility.  According to Jim, “The new technology allows our urologic surgeons to view problems with much greater clarity, and enhanced flexibility.”

Peter J. Walter, M.D., F.A.C.S., board certified urologist on staff at WCA Hospital, was among the first surgeons at WCA to utilize the new technology.  Dr. Walter has extensive experience in treating disorders of the male genitourinary and female urinary tract.  "This new technology is truly amazing," explains Dr. Walter.  “We are very pleased to provide this to our patients.  It is really changing the experience of surgery for the better.  The small size and increased flexibility of the new scopes allow access to even the tightest nooks and crannies of the urinary tract.  The improved HD digital image allows us to visualize even the smallest cancerous tumor or kidney stone so that it can be removed or destroyed with a laser.  Surgeons can perform a less invasive procedure.  Patients benefit by reduced post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery times.”

 “The new surgical acquisition is a direct reflection of our surgeons’ expertise and our commitment to provide the latest in minimally invasive surgery techniques,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “For more than 130 years WCA Hospital has provided a full continuum of excellent health services for our residents and we have made it our mission to stay on the forefront of medical and surgical technological advancements so patients receive the highest level of quality care, close to home.”

WCA Hospital’s surgical program provides minimally invasive and robotic surgery with a multidisciplinary team of board-certified surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialty nurses with the highest standards of care and clinical performance, and technicians and support staff. Skilled surgeons cover a broad range of specialties and subspecialties, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, otorhinolaryngology, gynecology, vascular, podiatry, thoracic, oncology, and more.

“Surgical advances keep getting better and better and we extend our appreciation to WCA for their long-standing commitment to provide the very best in surgical care and technology,” Dr. Walter added.

For a list of urology surgeons on the medical staff at WCA Hospital, go to www.wcahospital.org Find A Doctor button on the hospital’s home page.  The surgery program has WCA has expanded to provide robotic surgery.  For a list of surgeons who perform minimally invasive and robotic surgery, go to http://www.wcahospital.org/roboticsurgery.php.

 
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