MultiCare Urology has been a forerunner in the use of advanced treatments in the South Sound. We invest in technologies that not only allow our physicians to make treatments faster, less invasive, more precise and more effective, but also allow patients to be diagnosed earlier and have better outcomes.
At MultiCare Urology, you'll have access to some of the latest options for treating cancer, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and other conditions affecting the urinary tract.
MultiCare Urology is a pioneer in the South Sound region when it comes to robotic-assisted surgical techniques. We implemented the area’s first robotically assisted prostate cancer surgery program in June 2005 using the daVinci Robotic Surgical system, and our technology has continued to evolve since then.
The latest model of the da Vinci, the da Vinci Xi, significantly improves the precision with which surgeons can operate and may allow them to complete your procedure in less time. Smaller tools allow them to perform delicate urological procedures through smaller, and sometimes fewer, incisions, so surgery is easier on you.
In addition, robotic techniques used in cancer surgeries allow urologists to remove the cancer while bypassing nerves linked to sexual function and bladder control. This reduces the chances that you may experience problems during sex and/or urinary incontinence after your procedure.
Robotic-assisted surgery also offers these potential benefits:
MRI-ultrasound fusion technology combines two powerful imaging tools, enabling urologists to see and conduct biopsies of cancerous lesions on the prostate more accurately.
During these tests, a radiologist will examine your prostate using 3T MRI, which is nearly twice as powerful and able to provide clearer, more distinct images than a standard MRI. If cancer is suspected, your urologist will order a biopsy, or tissue sampling, to confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis.
With MRI-ultrasound fusion, your urologist uses ultrasound imaging that incorporates, or fuses, the 3T MRI images to pinpoint the exact tissue that needs to be tested. The combination leads to improved, more accurate prostate cancer detection.
A unique procedure for people with overactive bladder and, in some cases, those with urinary retention, both InterStim and Axonics are small devices implanted just above the bladder that stimulate the sacral nerves, which control the bladder, and improve how they communicate with the brain. This can be a life-changing option for people who have not responded to other therapies.
This cutting-edge treatment is ideal for men with difficulty urinating or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, who want to avoid medications and sexual side effects of other treatments. During the procedure, steam is injected into the prostate and ablates, or removes, any tissue that could be partially blocking or narrowing the urethra.
This is another minimally invasive treatment that allows men to avoid medications and the sexual side effects common with BPH treatments. It involves small implants that pull the prostate away from and allow urine to flow more easily through the urethra.