In early 2017 SVMC Urology will add a new physician to its roster. Dr. Andrew Cowder, formerly of Monument Urology, will join Dr. Anthony Donaldson in the hospital-based practice setting.
Cowder has served on the SVMC medical staff since 2002 and operated a private practice since 2004. The addition of Cowder to the SVMC Urology team greatly enhances patient access to the practice and services.
According to Donaldson, “With our expanded capacity we’re now able to see urgent cases immediately and most others within a week of receiving a referral.”
Later in 2017, the practice will acquire a new 3D laparoscopic vision system. “This is a very sophisticated piece of technology,” says Cowder, “that will enable us to perform complex procedures such as partial nephrectomy or a prostatectomy, that, in the past, patients needed to travel an hour or more to receive. It’s a benefit to the patient and to the provider to have the full scope of necessary care be provided in a single setting.”
In addition to advanced procedures, SVMC Urology provides general urology services, diagnostic testing, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures as well as treatment for stress and urge incontinence and malignancy of the kidney, ureter, prostate, and testicles. The practice is equipped with an incontinence suite offering in-office urodynamics. The practice’s in-hospital location affords patients convenient access to x-rays and lab work all on the same floor.