The Urology Practice consists of 17 of the most experienced urologists and radiation oncologists in the country. A state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot center designed to treat all outpatient urologic conditions. Support groups and resources for patients, families and friends. The Urology Center of Colorado (TUCC) is one-of-a-kind. TUCC is the only comprehensive urology center in the Rocky Mountain region, providing treatment for all urologic conditions. Our center includes a state-of-the-art urology clinic which features radiology, laboratory and pathology services, a comprehensive urologic cancer treatment center - including robotic surgery and radiation therapy - clinical research department and ambulatory surgical center. TUCC is well known throughout the country for our commitment to one mission - excellence in urology. This mission extends to our use of the latest diagnostic tools to identify urologic conditions, the development of comprehensive treatment programs for such conditions as prostate cancer, male sexual dysfunction and female urology and the compassionate care we deliver to our patients every day. Any outpatient surgical procedures are performed at our on-site ambulatory surgery center, the Urology Surgery Center of Colorado. Any procedure requiring an in-patient stay is performed by a TUCC physician at a local hospital. TUCC physicians currently staff Craig Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Porter Hospital, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, St. Anthony Central Hospital, St. Anthony North Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Swedish Medical Center. Please contact us today.
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She completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapid, MI. Before joining TUCC, Caitlin worked in urology and primary care in Denver.
As a clinical instructor with the Swedish Hospital Family Medicine Residency program and a past clinical instructor in the surgery department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Heppe trains and educates future physicians in addition to his work at TUCC.
“I am committed to providing a compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based approach to the treatment of male infertility and sexual dysfunction. I believe in fully understanding my patient’s goals before crafting a treatment path to meet their needs.”
A full bladder signals to your brain that it’s time to urinate—so you head to the bathroom, a sphincter muscle opens, and urine flows freely out of your body through the urethra. Urinary Incontinence occurs when your urinary system is compromised.
While it’s not an inevitable result of aging, it is widespread in older adults. UI could also be a temporary issue resulting from an underlying medical condition, medication use, or an illness’s onset. Women are most likely to develop urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after childbirth or after the hormonal changes of menopause.
Kicking cigarettes to the curb is excellent for your overall health, but smoking raises your chances of developing stress incontinence. This is because smoking causes coughing, which triggers stress UI. Smoking could also lead to bladder cancer, which also causes UI.
TUCC Physicians, APPs and Staff appreciate the trust you place in us for providing excellent care for your patients. TUCC’s clinical team consists of sub-specialists within the field of urology. Patients are treated by the professionals with the most experience in each specific area. Our staff is dedicated to our referring providers and their patients. We commit to providing the best care possible, while keeping you informed throughout treatment.
Our urologists provide comprehensive kidney stone treatment in Denver, CO. Kidney stones are a common and painful condition that can cause discomfort and disruption to your daily life. Our team of experienced urologists in Denver specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones, using the latest techniques and technology to provide effective and minimally invasive treatments.
Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections (UTI) occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and urethra and multiply. These infections typically develop in the lower urinary tract before progressing to the upper urinary tract if they remain untreated. Bladder infections (cystitis) are the most common form of urinary tract infections, but UTIs can also manifest as infections of the urethra or kidney infections. Women are more prone than men to developing UTIs. Children under the age of two can also develop this infection. E. coli is the most common bacterial cause of UTIs. Other forms of bacteria can also cause UTIs. Men and women sometimes can transmit bacteria to their partner during sexual intercourse, causing a UTI.
What’s the difference between BPH and prostate cancer? The most important difference is that BPH, or an enlarged prostate gland, is not
While prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men—behind only lung cancer—it can be cured if it is caught early. That’s why starting the conversation is the most important course of action for any man. We are here as a resource for all your questions, and we offer a free monthly support group with a TUCC urologist.
This is characterized by frequent urination caused by the bladder’s inability to empty completely, resulting in small amounts of urine dripping out over time. Overflow incontinence is more common in people with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, stroke, diabetes, or in men with an enlarged prostate.
If a patient’s PSA is abnormal or if a firm area is noted on a DRE, an ultrasound and biopsy are performed to determine if cancer is present. A transrectal ultrasound is performed by inserting a probe into the rectum. The probe emits sound waves which allow the prostate to be visualized. Then a biopsy needle is inserted along the ultrasound probe to remove small pieces of prostate tissue for diagnosis. This procedure is done under local anesthesia in the office and takes approximately 15 minutes.
Stage refers to the extent or spread of the cancer. If doctors suspect the cancer has spread outside the prostate to other tissues or organs, they may order a CT scan (computed tomography scan), an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging scan), or a bone scan.
Visit our main center in Denver for provider appointments, laboratory, radiology, and pathology services, and our surgery center – all in a single location.
Imagining tests such as an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound help your doctor observe the size, shape, location, and quantity of kidney stones.
At Urology Center of Colorado, we specialize in providing world-class urologic oncology care in Colorado. Our team of highly skilled and experienced board-certified urologists are dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive treatment for all types of urologic cancers, including bladder, kidney, prostate, testicular, and penile cancers. We use the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat urologic cancers, including minimally invasive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Our team takes a patient-centered approach to care, working closely with our patients to develop customized treatment plans that are tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.
External beam radiation therapy utilizes a linear accelerator to generate a radiation beam toward the desired treatment area. Treatment planning and delivery techniques, such as 3-D conformal planning and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), can be utilized to conform the dose of radiation to the planned treatment area. This allows higher doses to be administered to desired treatment areas and reduces the risk of exposure to surrounding normal tissues.
TUCC radiation oncology patient and prostate cancer survivor Jim Hasemeyer describes his experience at TUCC and the impact it had on his treatment. His story begins when he learns about his diagnosis of prostate cancer, and he talks about his decision to have radiation oncology, as well as the people at TUCC who helped him through this experience and had him leave with tears of joy on the last day of treatment at TUCC.
Dr. Heppe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed an internship in general surgery and residency training in general surgery and urology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
At Urology Center of Colorado, where we specialize in providing state-of-the-art and personalized treatment for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer that affects men, and our team of experienced board-certified urologists and oncologists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. We use the latest technology and techniques to provide comprehensive care for our patients, including active surveillance, minimally invasive surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Our urologic oncology clinics in Colorado take a patient-centered approach to care, working closely with our patients to develop customized treatment plans that are tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.
Marklyn (Mark) Jones, M.D., dedicates his practice to robotic surgery using da Vinci Robotic Surgery. He has performed thousands of minimally invasive surgeries for TUCC patients since August 2007.
Dr. Jones also completed his fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and urologic oncology at the University of Minnesota.
Surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction may include penile implants or vascular reconstructive surgery. Penile implantation is a surgical procedure where malleable or inflatable rods are inserted into the penis. There are three forms of penile prostheses: semi-rigid prostheses, inflatable prostheses and self-contained prostheses.
Botox injections may also be recommended as a treatment option for overactive bladder. An overactive bladder is marked by a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, which can lead to the involuntary loss of urine, otherwise known as a leaky bladder. Botox injections relax the bladder muscle, decreasing involuntary bladder contractions and leakages. These injections are performed as outpatient procedures at TUCC.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, other than skin cancer. In fact, about one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.