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SURGERIES

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1219 times

Number of times Dr. Elliott has performed each surgery as of August 1, 2023

Artificial Urinary Sphincter (AUS)

The AUS is a hydraulically-operated device that circumferentially squeezes the urethra. A doughnut-shaped silicon “cuff” squeezes the urethra and a pump (implanted below the skin in the scrotum) controls the opening of the cuff. The AUS works well for all degrees of incontinence. Dr. Elliott is among the top 1% of American urologists for this procedure.

Bladder Reconstruction for Neurogenic Bladder

Many neurologic diseases (like spinal cord injury or spina bifida) cause bladder dysfunction. Bladder reconstruction surgery can protect the kidneys from high pressures and can help people regain control of their urine so they don't leak. A bladder augmentation enlarges the bladder with a patch of intestine, lowering the bladder pressure and allowing someone to hold their urine to prevent leakage.  A Mitrofanoff is a narrow piece of intestine between the bladder and the belly button (navel) through which you can pass a catheter to empty the bladder; this is especially helpful for people who want to be able to pee while still in their wheelchair.

Cystectomy means bladder removal. A urinary diversion is how we get the urine to come out of the body after the bladder has been removed. Many surgeons remove the bladder for bladder cancer; but Dr. Elliott specializes in bladder removal for non-cancer reasons. When everything else has been tried and failed to make the bladder work correctly, a cystectomy and urinary diversion can provide great symptomatic relief. Examples could include a bladder that bleeds frequently or causes constant pain after radiation damage.

Urethroplasty is a plastic surgery reconstruction of the urethra. This is usually done for scar tissues of the urethra that have not been cured by stretching (dilation) of the scar tissue. Using a variety of fine surgical techniques, Dr. Elliott rebuilds the urethral tube to normal size so that you can pee without blockage. A less common reason to rebuild the urethra is for fistula. A fistula is an abnormal connection between the urethra and something else. A fistula can connect to the skin on the penis, causing leakage of urine (especially after hypospadias repair) or to the rectum, causing mixing of the stool and urine (after prostate cancer treatment).  Dr. Elliott removes the fistula and closes up the hole, to restore normal urination.

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