At miVIP Surgery Centers, world-renowned urology experts provide diagnostics and treatment for men experiencing a range of urological symptoms and conditions, including prostate cancer. If you don’t yet have a diagnosis, but you have been told you have high PSA levels—elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), the signature protein of the prostate gland—this can indicate problems with your prostate, and you should be evaluated by a urology specialist.
Elevated PSA levels don’t always indicate prostate cancer. PSA levels may spike in response to inflammation or other health conditions, such as prostatitis or a urinary tract infection. It is important to identify the underlying cause of elevated PSA levels as soon as possible, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, including:
- Changes in urination, including incontinence, pain, starting or stopping, interrupted or weak flow
- Blood in urine or semen
- Pain in the lower back or side
- Lump in the abdominal area
- Loss of appetite and/or unexplained weight loss
No primary provider? No problem! miVIP Urology Experts Provide Diagnosis and Treatment
You don’t need a referral from your primary care provider to get an evaluation at miVIP. Even if you have previously seen a urologist, you can contact miVIP Surgery Centers to get a quick insurance verification and a consultation with one of our urology specialists. A doctor at miVIP can provide an evaluation to determine your diagnosis. Already have a diagnosis? miVIP specialists also offer second opinions and consultations regarding minimally invasive treatment options—that is part of our VIP service!
Call miVIP at (844) 237-5067 for insurance verification and a referral to a doctor near you. Learn more about miVIP urology experts here.
Advanced Urology Care and Men’s Health at miVIP
The urology experts at miVIP specialize in the male urinary and reproductive systems, comprising the kidneys, bladder, urethra, ureters and male reproductive organs. The kidneys are responsible for removing wastes and excess fluid from the bloodstream and releasing these substances as urine. Urine then flows through the ureters to the bladder, where it is emptied via the urethra. Problems can occur at various points in a man’s urinary tract and reproductive system.
Fortunately, miVIP urologists treat everything from kidney stones to incontinence to prostate cancer. Our surgeons and surgical support teams have special expertise in using the most advanced surgical technologies available, including laparoscopy and the robotic da Vinci® Surgery System.
The da Vinci equipment helps the surgeon achieve higher precision by functioning as an extension of his/her hands and providing magnified 3D views. This technology gives a surgeon greater acuity, visibility and accuracy than is possible with other surgical methods. Robotic-assisted procedures also allow for smaller incisions with less scarring, shorter procedure times with less pain and blood loss, fewer complications with less trauma to delicate tissue — and a faster recovery time for the patient.
Minimally invasive urological procedures and other treatments at miVIP Surgery Centers are provided on an outpatient basis, and include:
Radical prostatectomy — A radical prostatectomy involves removal of the prostate gland, as well as any surrounding tissue that has been affected. Robotic prostatectomy, which is recommended for advanced or aggressive prostate cancer, is considered less invasive and more precise than an open or traditional prostatectomy. The robotic procedure has a consistently better rate of cancer control, as measured by the number of cancer cells left behind, and lower rates of complications such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Because this technique involves less tissue damage compared to traditional prostatectomy, recovery is faster.
Prostate biopsy — this is a small sample of prostate tissue that is gently removed during an outpatient procedure and sent to a lab where it is checked for the presence of malignant cells (cancer)
Prostate Occlusion — a prostate occlusion is bladder blockage due to a benign growth in the prostate
Abnormal Digital Rectal Exam (abnormal DRE) — abnormal DRE exams may be a sign of prostate cancer, colorectal cancer or a blocked rectum, so require follow-up
Other Urological Procedures or Conditions Treated by miVIP Experts
Kidney Stones — small deposits formed in the kidneys made of acid salts and minerals, kidney stones affect all parts of the urinary tract
Ureteroscopy — for a uteroscopy, a scope is used to view the inside of the ureter, typically to find and remove kidney stones
Stent replacement — this procedure involves replacing a mesh tube that has been placed in the urethra or ureter to help urine or kidney stones pass
Sling procedure — this involves placing a mesh sling to support urinary system structures and treat stress urinary incontinence, which is urine leakage that occurs with sudden movement or activities including sneezing, jumping or running
Cystoscopy — a scope is used to view the lining inside the bladder and urethra