UTMC physician publishes first urology book of its kind

February 7, 2014 | News, Research, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences, UTMC
By Samantha Watson

Before now, there wasn’t a definitive guide to post-prostatectomy incontinence procedures.

Urology  BooksDr. Ajay Singla, professor and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at UT Medical Center, has changed that. After working on Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence: A Clinical Guide for more than five years, he saw the book published in December.

“It has been a passion of mine because I knew that there has been no book written so far,” Singla said. “This problem has been getting a lot of visibility and awareness because more prostatectomies are being done for prostate cancer.”

Each chapter of the book discusses a different surgery option for incontinence in men who have had their prostate removed. The chapters go into detail about that surgery option — how to perform it, when it should be used, what it best treats and more.

“It’s usually handy to have a guide for residents, physicians in training and physicians who manage these patients on a day-to-day basis,” Singla said. “It’s a complicated and sometimes controversial issue regarding what to do with these patients, especially when there are so many procedures available for one problem.”

Each chapter in the book edited by Singla was written by the expert on that particular surgery so that the information is as accurate as possible. The forward of the book was written by Dr. George Webster, a urologist at Duke University Hospital.

Singla met many of these physicians at urology conferences all over the world. He started contacting the experts about the book and gathering content when he worked at Wayne State University and continued when he joined UT.

The book is available through Barnes & Noble. Singla already has started work on the second edition, which he hopes to release later this year.

Other faculty members in the Department of Urology also have had books published recently. Dr. Steven H. Selman, professor and chair, wrote Converting Data Into Evidence, which looks at statistical techniques medical practitioners encounter in their careers.

And Dr. Ronney Abaza, a former resident at UTMC, wrote a book called Robotic Renal Surgery that explores robotically performed surgeries on kidneys with both benign and malignant conditions. Dr. Samay Jain, UT assistant professor of urology, contributed a chapter to the book.

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