TUCC is well known throughout the country for our commitment to one mission - excellence in urology.

This mission extends to our use of the latest diagnostic tools to identify urologic conditions, the development of comprehensive treatment programs for such conditions as prostate cancer, male sexual dysfunction, vaginal vault prolapse/female urinary incontinence, kidney stones and the compassionate care we deliver to our patients every day.

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Our Comprehensive Treatment Program

Our team of 17 physicians is among the most experienced group of urologists and radiation oncologists in the country. All outpatient urologic procedures are performed at TUCC, which was designed with your comfort in mind.

CT scans at TUCC are performed by highly trained technologists who are supervised by experienced radiologists. The staff are well acquainted with modern techniques to minimize radiation exposure during scanning. TUCC imaging staff adhere to the ALARA concept: the radiation dose should be As Low As Reasonably Achievable to obtain high-quality diagnostic images.

TUCC Surgery Center

The Urology Surgery Center of Colorado (USCC), located on the first two floors of TUCC, provides outpatient surgical treatment for a variety of urologic conditions including kidney stones and vasectomy reversals. Instead of being transported to an emergency room or off-site surgical center, TUCC patients can be seen in one of our comfortable patient suites before checking in for their procedure at USCC. This minimizes wait times as well as pain and discomfort for patients.

All of the TUCC urologists perform procedures at USCC. Since January 2007, USCC has treated more than 29,000 patients, which equates to an average of 500 patients each month.

USCC has a variety of quality initiatives in place to ensure safety and positive outcomes for patients. These include:

  • Maintain seamless exchange of information between TUCC and USCC through an electronic health record system.
  • Patient satisfaction – Maintain overall “would recommend to others” feedback at 99 percent.
  • Maintain overall physician satisfaction.
  • Publicly report key process and outcome indicators.
  • Benchmark key process and outcome indicators with 120 other ambulatory surgery centers in the United States.
  • Maintain Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care accreditation status.

USCC is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). This signifies USCC’s commitment to the highest standards of quality and patient safety. In order to receive accreditation from AAAHC, USCC’s services and overall performance were measured against national standards and our surgical center participated in an on-site review with AAAHC surveyors. USCC is one of only 11 ambulatory surgery centers in Colorado to be accredited in the field of urology.

Comprehensive Radiation Therapy

TUCC is one of the only centers in the U.S. to offer on site, comprehensive radiation therapy for urologic cancers. Our radiation oncologist, Eric Gross, M.D. is board certified in radiation oncology. He is the only radiation oncologist in Colorado whose practice is devoted solely to the delivery of radiation therapy for the treatment of urologic cancers.

TUCC is now treating our radiation oncology patients on the Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator. Versa HD safely delivers radiation beams through conventional techniques, including intensity modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy, as well as more advanced volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

Versa HD is specially designed to visualize and track the target cancer site and surrounding critical structures, which helps minimizes the risk of side effects. The system allows TUCC to deliver the most advanced radiation therapy techniques while setting the standard in patient safety.

Types of Radiation Therapy

Treatment planning and delivery techniques such as 3-D conformal planning and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), can be utilized to conform the dose of radiation to the planned treatment area. This allows higher doses to be administered to desired treatment areas and reduces the risk of exposure to surrounding normal tissues. Both techniques allow for better control of the radiation beam to the tumor with reduced side effects.

TUCC also offers patients a more advanced form of IMRT, volumetric arc therapy (VMAT), on the Versa HD. With conventional IMRT, the linear accelerator must rotate around the patient a few times to treat the cancerous tumor from several different angles. In contrast, VMAT delivers the radiation dose to the entire tumor in a 360-degree rotation within minutes.

The prostate can change position depending on the volumes of the bladder and rectum. With image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), metallic markers are inserted into the prostate so that their position can be visualized on a daily basis. Daily assessment of the markers and subsequent adjustments enable therapists to deliver more accurate radiation treatments. This reduces the risk of radiation exposure to normal tissues and side effects.

As they decay, radiation is released. The radiation dose is determined by the seed characteristics, the number of seeds implanted and the distribution of the seeds. The seeds remain in the prostate after the radiation dose is released. A combination of brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy may be used in select patients.

This type of treatment is known as hypofractionated radiation therapy, which delivers higher doses of radiation in a more targeted fashion over fewer treatments. Shortened treatment times can improve patient comfort, particularly for older patients who may find it difficult to remain in one position over extended periods of time. The risk of movement by patients who are receiving treatment near important structures is minimized, as well. TUCC is pioneering the use of SBRT in Colorado on the Versa HD.

 

Robotic Surgery Expertise

TUCC performs more robotic surgeries for urologic conditions than any other medical group in the region.

Minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic surgical procedures are important treatment options for most urologic conditions and cancers. TUCC surgeons lead the region in performing prostate and urologic robotic surgery, having performed more than 3,000 of these procedures since 2006.

 

 

Conditions We Treat With the DaVinci Robot

  • Robotic prostatectomies for prostate cancer
  • Partial nephrectomies for kidney cancer and benign kidney conditions
  • Radical nephrectomies for kidney cancer
  • Pyeloplasties for UPJ (ureteropelvic junction) obstruction
  • Radical cystectomies for bladder cancer
  • Sacrocolpopexy (repair of vaginal prolapse)
  • Ureteral repairs for ureteral strictures and injuries
  • Robotic simple prostatectomies for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate (BPH)

The da Vinci system includes a robot and a surgeon console. The robot’s four arms are positioned over the patient during surgery. Small robotic instruments move inside the patient’s body to perform delicate surgical maneuvers. The surgeon console is a separate unit that controls the movements of the robot inside the body and gives surgeons a magnified, high-definition and 3-D view of the surgical site. By utilizing robotic technology, a surgeon’s hand movements are motion scaled and any hand tremor is filtered resulting in perfectly translated, precise movements of the instruments. At all times, the surgeon is in complete control of the robotic instrument’s movements.

Why should you choose TUCC for your robotic surgery?

  • TUCC surgeons perform more robotic urologic surgical procedures than any other group in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • Dr. Jones performs the most robotic kidney surgeries in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • In 2011, Dr. Hsu performed the first robotic-assisted laparoscopic simple prostatectomy for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in Colorado and the first robotic-assisted laparoscopic vesicovaginal fistula repair in Denver.
  • In 2010, TUCC surgeons were the first robotic surgeons to perform a robotic radical cystectomy for bladder cancer in Denver.
  • In 2003, TUCC surgeons were among the first to begin performing robotic prostatectomies in the Rocky Mountain region and maintain the largest volume of surgeries for this type of robotic surgery.
  • TUCC is the urologic physician partner for the Porter Robotics Institute at Porter Adventist Hospital. In 2013, Porter Hospital was named one of the top three hospitals in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report. Urology was categorized as one of nine high performing specialties for the hospital.

If you are considering open or robotic urologic surgery with your regular urologist, for your piece of mind, get a second opinion from the most experienced team in the region.

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