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Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Urology

Our fellowship trained laparoscopic and endoscopic urologic surgeons use techniques with instruments such as scopes and robotic arms that are less invasive than traditional “open” surgery. These minimally invasive surgeries may help you recover faster, and have been proven to lessen pain and scarring, as well as the chance of damage to surrounding nerves. This is important because it helps you maintain sensation and function after surgeries such as prostatectomy.

Highlights & Resources

Providers

  • Urology

    Biography

    Brian Auge, MD, FACS concentrates his practice in the evaluation and management of prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer, BPH, kidney stone disease, and other urologic conditions. He is skilled in the performance of da Vinci® robotic surgery for all urinary tract malignancies, BPH, and other benign processes, as well as percutaneous and ureteroscopic removal of kidney stones.

    Dr. Auge completed his fellowship training in endourology, minimally invasive surgery, and laparoscopy. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of active service prior to joining St. Luke’s Clinic – Urology.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urologic Oncology

    Biography

    Stephen A. Brassell, MD, FACS is a urologic oncologist with expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and the management of complex urologic cancers. While serving as a urologic oncologist at Walter Reed, he was appointed the Associate Director of the Center for Prostate Disease Research, a multi-institutional national prostate cancer program, and Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    His military courses include airborne, flight surgery, dive medical, and cold weather/mountain warfare training. He has received a Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal among other awards. Dr. Brassell chaired over 30 research studies and has published and presented over 70 articles in the urologic literature with a focus on urologic cancer.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Robotic and open prostatectomy
    • Robotic and open nephrectomy
    • Robotic and open partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic and open radical cystectomy
    • Robotic and open partial cystectomy
    • Robotic and open excision of retroperitoneal tumors
    • Robotic and open adrenalectomy
    • Robotic and open ureteral surgery
    • Radical orchiectomy
    • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
    • Penectomy and organ sparing approaches to penile cancer
    • Inguinal lymph node dissection
    • Excision of any genitourinary malignancy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Jared G. Heiner, MD has a special interest in prostate cancer treatment.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Michael Morris, MD has special interests in all aspects of adult urology, including minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy, endoscopy, and robotic surgery), kidney stone disease, genitourinary cancer, BPH, female urology, prosthetic surgery, and infertility. Dr. Morris is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center, and served in the Air Force as a urologist.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Craig R. Spencer, MD provides care in all aspects of adult and pediatric urology, including urologic oncology, male and female voiding dysfunction, and stone disease. He performs open, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Dr. Spencer continues to serve as a commander in the Naval Reserves.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Michael B. Taylor, MD treats all aspects of adult urology, including oncology, male and female voiding dysfunction, and stone disease. He performs open, laparoscopic, prosthetic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Dr. Taylor uses the UroLift® System to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia as an alternative to drugs or more invasive therapies.

    Michael received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and is a member of the American Urologic Association.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Donald Weese, MD, FACS specializes in male and female adult urology, including minimally invasive urologic surgery, urologic oncology, kidney stone disease, and general urology. He has a special interest in men's health, with training in da Vinci® robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery (treatment of prostate cancer, renal cancer, and benign urologic conditions), prostate cryoablation (minimally invasive outpatient treatment of prostate cancer), and prosthetic surgery (penile prosthesis and artificial urinary sphincter implantation).

    Dr. Weese is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practiced urology in Twin Falls and Burley before joining St. Luke's to expand his minimally invasive urologic surgical practice.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Procedures & Treatments

  • Robotic or minimally invasive surgery for the urinary tract and male reproductive organs.