Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology
J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MD, Director
Mission Statement: To improve patients' health through the application of minimally invasive techniques in urology.
The Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology has 3 directives: (1) to provide clinical care, (2) to educate physicians, and (3) to perform research.
Objective #1 Clinical Care
All of the urology faculty at the University of Michigan have clinical expertise in minimally invasive techniques in urology. Some faculty members have a general practice, while others have a specific focus that may include more or less emphasis on these techniques. Please see the physician's biographical page for more information.
Objective #2 Education
Objective #3 Research
A long term interest in the laboratory is the development of tissue adhesives. Laparoscopic suturing is technically difficult, and the use of tissue adhesives to replace suturing would facilitate many laparoscopic procedures -- which might allow more patients to benefit from minimally invasive surgery. In concert with industry partners, we have refined formulations of fibrin glue and clarified its role in Urology, and have established the great potential for cyanoacrylate glue in Urology.
Other recent and ongoing projects include the use of lasers and novel methods to management, determination of the safety of certain medications used during minimally invasive procedures, and investigations into the mechanisms and reduction of pain during surgery. Every effort will be made to bring technological advances quickly from the laboratory to the clinical arena. Cooperation with commercial partners is encouraged.