Expert: Urology

St. Luke's Mountain States Urology

Urological Services

St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide in urology by U.S. News & World Report in their 17th Annual "America's Best Hospitals" rankings. A hospital's overall performance is summed up by its U.S. News score, which is made up of three equal parts: reputation, mortality/death rate, and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Visit www.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/tophosp.htm to learn more.

St. Luke's Mountain States Urology

St. Luke's Mountain States Urology is a new service provided by six Treasure Valley urologists and St. Luke's. Together, we're ensuring the most advanced and comprehensive urological care in the region. With St. Luke's Mountain States Urology, you have access to the latest, most effective therapies, and our state-of-the-art facilities provide advanced technology for traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures. From urinary incontinence to kidney stones to prostate cancer surgery, St. Luke's Mountain State Urology offices are conveniently located at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center as well as downtown Boise, and offer total urologic care for the entire family.

Services for Women

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem in women that results in accidental loss of urine upon coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting, or simply rising from a chair. Many women are embarrassed by the condition, and curtail their normal activities as a result. A variety of conditions can cause SUI, including weakened or damaged muscles and ligaments in the pelvic area. Weakness can occur as a result of pregnancy, aging, hormonal changes, and hereditary factors. This weakness causes the bladder and urethra to 'fall' or relax from their normal positions. Consequently, sudden pressure from coughing, sneezing, etc., can cause accidental loss of urine.
Today, many treatment options are available for SUI, including a minimally invasive surgical procedure that takes less than an hour. The procedure corrects the conditions that cause SUI, freeing patients to go back to doing the things they enjoy. Most women see results within a day or two after surgery.

Surgical Milestones

On August 28, 2002, Avery Seifert, MD, a urologist with St. Luke's Mountain States Urology, performed the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) in the Northwest. This surgery introduced a highly progressive technique to patients in the area, and was the catalyst for developing an LRP program at St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center. One of the most unique aspects of the LRP program developed by Dr. Seifert is that the procedure does not rely on robotic assistance.
The data from Dr. Seifert's study shows that procedures performed using the LRP technique without robotic assistance had the same outcomes as procedures performed using a surgical robotic system. St. Luke's Boise Regional Medical Center is the first community hospital in the region to offer this procedure, other than teaching universities such as the University of Washington in Seattle. To date, Dr. Seifert has performed over 120 LRP surgeries.

Services for Men

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. On an average day in the U.S., 640 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 75 men will die from prostate cancer. However, when prostate cancer has been diagnosed in its earliest stages, it has had a high cure rate.
The American Cancer Society has recommended that doctors offer the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and DRE (digital rectal exam) yearly, beginning at age 50. However, prostate cancer screening is being performed in younger men routinely beginning at age 45. Men who are at high risk, such as African Americans and those who have a family history of prostate cancer, should begin screening as early as age 40. Prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. There are some warning signs that should not be overlooked, such as a slow urinary stream, difficulty starting urination, or urinary frequency. Advanced prostate cancer may lead to more serious problems, including trouble achieving or maintaining an erection; blood in the urine; pain in the spine, hips, ribs, or other bones; weakness or numbness in the legs or feet; and loss of bladder or bowel control.
To protect your health, talk to your doctor about your prostate cancer risks and how to lower them, and whether or not you should be tested.

Partners in Health

St. Luke's Mountain States Urology is teaming up with Boise State University (BSU) athletes and coaches to remind men about the importance of good health, and how to protect themselves against prostate cancer and other diseases. Watch for more information at upcoming Bronco games.

To Make An Appointment

St. Luke's Mountain States Urology is accepting new patients.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances are accepted. To schedule an appointment at one of our Boise or Meridian locations, please call 706-5800