Thomasville Times Enterprise

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April 26, 2014

Minimally invasive kidney treatment talk planned

THOMASVILLE — Staff report

One in nine Americans has kidney disease.  Major subsets of patients with kidney disease have conditions related to surgical problems.  Stones, benign and malignant tumors, congenital (birth) abnormalities, the effects of aging, and trauma contribute substantially to degradation of kidney function.  Malignant tumors risk spread to other vital organs. Obstruction (blockages) place the patient at risk for infection and sepsis (blood poisoning). Other significant medical factors contributing to kidney disease beyond these surgical problems include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and family history.

Your primary care physician regularly screens you for kidney disease and may run tests if signs or symptoms suggest further evaluation.  If the medical problems are advanced, you may be referred to a nephrologist.  A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in the medical prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.  If a surgical problem is found, you may be referred to a urologist.   A urologist is a surgeon who specializes in correcting surgical problems of the Urinary system.

According to Dr. Timothy Grayson, urologist at Archbold Memorial Hospital, surgical techniques have advanced extremely rapidly over the past decade.

“An amazing amount of new and exciting procedures have become available to treat surgical problems of the kidney.  We are pleased to offer a large array of minimally invasive surgical techniques at Archbold.  These newest techniques are truly minimally invasive—using special miniature scopes, surgical robot assistance, and novel approaches.”

“The goal of these techniques is for a patient to experience quicker recovery, substantially less long term debility after surgery, minimal scarring and decreased post operative pain,” said Dr. Grayson.  “ During surgery, we strive to preserve as much functional and healthy kidney tissue as possible.  Newer approaches such as use of the daVinci robot, laparoscopic procedures and minimally invasive scope procedures help to achieve these goals while simultaneously enhancing the treatment of the patient’s illness. “

Whether a patient is newly diagnosed or has been dealing with kidney disease for years, staying informed on the latest treatment options is important.

As part of Archbold Memorial Hospital’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Dr. Grayson will present, “Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery for Kidney Disease: Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, and Other New Approaches,” on Tuesday.

Details of surgical diseases of the kidney and the latest minimally invasive offerings for kidney surgery at Archbold Hospital will be discussed.

The talk is being offered free as a clinical outreach effort to uphold Archbold Hospital’s core value of community benefit.  Dr. Grayson is board certified in urology and practices at South Georgia Urology Group in Thomasville.

 It begins at 6 p.m. in Williams Auditorium in the East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served.  Pre-registration is encouraged; call 229-584-5520 or visit


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