May this year be more healthy, productive, peaceful and fulfilling than the last, and in that context, let's begin 2012 with the encouraging news that we are now (mutually) linked with RECONSTRUCTIVE UROLOGY , the website for dissemination of research and information by Doctors Richard Santucci, M.D., and Mang Chen, M.D. . We hope that which follows does their work for the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and utilization of novel surgical techniques in the field of reconstructive surgery of the lower urinary tract justice. Their site features in-depth information, resources, and HD video(s) on a myriad of topics with regards to reconstructive procedures of the lower urinary tract including the bladder, urethra, and external genitalia.
It is work such as theirs which provides hope that we can once again resume a normal life, free of the discomfort and constant concern which often accompanies the diagnosis of urethral stricture disease.
A little biographical info: These gentleman have been at the forefront of research into treatments for urethral stricture disease for (probably) longer than anyone in the United States. I (Moderator:Tim) remember reading references to the work(s) of Dr. Santucci during the latter days of CompuServe, Prodigy, and shortly before AOL began littering every (snail) mailbox on earth with floppy's and CD's.
Dr. Santucci's improvements in the techniques for the harvesting, preparation, and positioning of buccal mucosal onlay autograft material during urethroplastic procedures are included within the standard curriculum of many urology residency programs in the United States, and elsewhere. His group was the first to issue reports with regards to statistics of complications and recurrence following various urethral procedures, and were really the first to shed light on the fact that a more specialized field of reconstructive urethral urology was necessary. Dr. Santucci also travels abroad, often to under-served regions of the world, sharing his techniques and training local surgeons in advances in reconstructive urology.
We were tempted to write that Dr. Chen could very well be considered the "Robin" character to Dr. Santucci's "Batman", however, that would be unfair, as our research has shown that Dr. Chen is considered to be the "patron saint" of those in need of substantial reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. His work in advances in techniques in "reconstructive trauma urology" (for lack of a better term) are utilized in trauma centers and major hospitals throughout North America.
This may well be reaching for the stars, but our greatest hope for this working relationship would be the possibility that someone substantially benefits from information and/or resources provided through our mutual cooperation.
The Center for Urologic Reconstruction® at Detroit Receiving Hospital
Per: Moderators: Cesar and Timothy
Welcome to the Urethral Stricture Support blog. These pages are intended to assist those with questions regarding the disease, expected outcomes, resources, and emotional and informational support. AT NO TIME WILL MEDICAL ADVICE OF ANY KIND BE RENDERED. With your permission, your commentary may be included within the topics discussed within this forum. Moderators Cesar and Tim have a combined 50 years (celebrating a half-century of difficult urination) of experience in living with, dealing with, and overcoming what is broadly considered a disease with a high rate of morbidity. We have experienced every common surgical and instrumental "fix"/"repair" offered including the implantation of the Urolume Endoprosthesis. Both moderators have experience with the Urolume Endoprosthesis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first and only such support group anywhere. Please, do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask any question with regards to your diagnosis. We encourage you to discuss any and all information offered within this blog with your Urologist. A proactive and informed patient usually receives the best care.
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