GSMC opens new urology practice, welcomes new reconstructive surgeon
POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 10:24am
UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:34pm
Longview, TX (KETK) — Nationally renowned urologist Dr. Charles Secrest joined Good Shepherd Medical Associates on May 1 and will offer the East Texas community a level of urology care never before available in our region.
Patients travel from across the country to experience the high quality specialty care Dr. Secrest provides, and in fact, a number of his patients are from the Longview area and will now be able to receive care close to home.
“Dr. Secrest will truly elevate the practice of urology in our community and provide a high level of specialized care previously unavailable in East Texas,” said Ken Cunningham, interim chief executive officer and executive vice president of Good Shepherd Medical Center. “Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to the community, and we will continue to support our mission by recruiting outstanding and exceptional urologists, as well as other specialists, to Good Shepherd. We eagerly await Dr. Secrest’s arrival and are excited about the advanced level of high quality care he will bring to our patients.”
Widely recognized as an expert in the field of urology, Dr. Secrest specializes in reconstructive procedures on adults and some children. He also has extensive experience providing outpatient and inpatient urologic care for patients with spinal cord injuries and nerve damage. Dr. Secrest performs more than 450 reconstructive surgeries each year and will be the only physician in our region to perform these surgical procedures on a routine basis.
Dr. Secrest is a native of Fort Worth Texas and received his B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi and medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; served a residency in Urology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi; and a specialty fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Reconstructive Urology at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Secrest is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association; American Medical Association; Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons; Mississippi State Medical Association; Central Medical Association; Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology; and Society of Pelvic Surgeons.
Special areas of interest to Dr. Secrest include:
• Urethral stricture disease - scarring of the urethra which limits or blocks the flow of urine after trauma, inflammation or balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO)
• Incontinence - the uncontrolled loss of urine in both female and male patients;
• Peyronie’s disease - penile curvature often caused by a painful lump in the penis
• Pelvic floor relaxation and prolapse - weakening of the muscles that support the pelvis in women causing urinary problems and protrusion of the vagina
• Neurogenic bladder - urinary difficulties due to spinal cord injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders
• Erectile difficulties - related to penile function and low testosterone levels
• Congenital urologic problems - abnormalities of the genitals from birth, including hypospadias and epispadias
• Overactive bladder - causing the constant urge to urinate and frequent urination
• Genitourinary trauma - injuries affecting the genitals and urinary organs
• Fistulas - abnormal connections between bladder and vagina or urethra
Good Shepherd Medical Associates Urology is accepting new patients and appointments can be scheduled by calling (903) 315-4799.