Oakwood surgeon shares expertise on national stage

Dr. Surendra Kumar found himself in a familiar position recently: sharing his expertise with his medical peers.

Dr. Kumar, a urologist with offices in Westland, Canton and Garden City who is affiliated with Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, was invited to present a training session on laser prostate surgery at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Atlanta, GA. It’s the most prestigious academic national meeting of the organization, which is dedicated to improving practices and advancing patient care.

“It is an honor to be recognized as an expert by one’s peers,” said Dr. Kumar, who has presented at the conference for five consecutive years. “It is gratifying to share this knowledge with the next generation of surgeons.”

Dr. Kumar presented a workshop on Holmium laser vaporization of the prostate, a minimally-invasive procedure that provides several benefits over traditional prostate surgery. The technology has existed for about eight years. In 2004, Oakwood Annapolis Hospital became the first hospital to offer it in the metro Detroit area.

“It removes blockage from the prostate, and can also be used for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Kumar.

The holmium technique is essentially an out-patient procedure. Patients are kept for 23 hours to ensure there are no complications and are advised to take it easy and they can usually resume their regular lifestyle in about two weeks.

“It’s a lot easier on the patient,” said Dr. Kumar. “There is less bleeding, less pain, and faster recovery time.”

Dr. Kumar is also presenting his academic paper on Brachytherapy for prostate cancer at the Canadian Urology meeting in June.