2020 has stretched most of us in ways we couldn’t see coming when we threw the confetti and kissed our loved ones at midnight as we rang in the New Year. Since March, many of us have played “If I knew then what I know now…” scenarios over and over in our heads. And while we’ve come across seemingly insurmountable challenges, there have also been plenty of silver linings.
In our world of microsurgery and urology, one of those silver linings has been the opportunity to open Avant Concierge Urology… a dream come true in so many ways. Many people have asked why we’d open a new practice and state-of-the-art clinic amidst a global health crisis, so this first blog post will address just that – Why Avant?
No one really prepares you for how stressful it can be to select a name for your new business. It’s like naming a baby (more about babies later). You want it to be exactly right. In French, “avant” means innovative. Think of the term “avant-garde.” That’s exactly what we are at Avant Concierge Urology. We’ve been innovators and explorers since the very youngest of ages. Our curiosity was sparked by how to do things better, how to be more effective and efficient. And Avant Concierge Urology was founded with those motivations front-and-center.
Led by Dr. Sijo Parekattil (also known as “Dr. P”), world-renowned for the thousands of successful microsurgical procedures he has performed during his career, Avant Concierge Urology specializes in the treatment of conditions related to the kidneys, urinary bladder, prostate, urethra, and male reproductive organs. Dr. Parekattil has long been considered a pioneer in the field of urologic microsurgery. He is one of the founding board members of the Robotic Assisted Microsurgical & Endoscopic Society (RAMSES), an international organization in which he is still heavily involved. He has received numerous awards including two Annual Innovator Awards from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as well as the Golden Garland Award in Medicine. And he knows the critical importance of assembling a team that puts the patient and the patient experience above everything else. At Avant Concierge Urology, we know you have options, and that is why we’ve structured our practice for those who seek consistent, comprehensive medical care that will meet your specific health needs and goals.
At the heart of the Avant practice is… well, you, the patient, and those who care for them. We know the reason a patient comes to a urology practice is often that they are feeling pain or discomfort, and we know that we work to treat issues that are not commonly talked about. In 2020 and beyond, we knew it was more important than ever to create a patient experience that was 100% individualized and 100% focused on exactly what each patient needed and desired. We offer treatment options that bring the latest and greatest in microsurgical tech advances to patients in an in-office setting that is (a) safer and (b) more efficient, translating to more cost-effective solutions that also ensure decreased down-time. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, and these options are made possible by the advanced technology that Dr. Parekattil has hand-selected to treat patients in the clinic.
“It has long been a dream of mine to build the most tech-advanced office-based urology practice, doing my part to provide cutting-edge treatment options for patients in a manner that both reduces post-surgery downtime and is also more cost-effective than the more traditional route of booking surgeries in hospitals or surgical centers,” said Dr. Parekattil, who has become world-renowned for the thousands of successful microsurgical procedures he has performed during his career to date. “Avant Concierge Urology is the culmination of that dream, and it makes me eternally proud to be leading this team, providing world-class urology solutions to our patients for many decades to come.”
Among the many technological advances offered at Avant Concierge Urology, the clinic is the first in the U.S. to bring the KARL STORZ Endoscopy VITOM® exoscopic camera system to a stand-alone urology clinic and surgery center. The VITOM® will replace a traditional microscope, allowing the Avant medical team to use a 3-D magnified 4K image to see essential details as they perform a procedure.
“We are inspired by urologists like Dr. Parekattil, helping create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve patients’ health and well-being at lower costs,” stated Michael Lyman, Executive Director Sales, and Marketing, Urology and Gynecology, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. “The opening of Avant Concierge Urology is an example of how creative surgeons like Dr. Parekattil will enhance health care access to improve patient care.”
In addition, Avant is the first office-based clinic in the country to offer the new ERBE VIO 3 generator, which allows for more precise cauterization technology and – in turn – decreases patient down-time. Avant is also the only urology clinic in Central Florida that offers the Urocuff DC system, a non-invasive diagnostic test for male urinary disorders.
You Belong Here.
Plain and simple. At Avant, our dedicated medical professionals encourage human-to-human interactions. No one is treated like a number. We intentionally limit the number of cases we’ll take in a day so we can take the time to treat the whole person and not just mask a litany of symptoms. Avant Concierge Urology specializes in vasectomy reversals and vasectomies (remember we said above we’d address the topic of babies again?), testicular / groin pain, male infertility, enlarged prostate / BPH, kidney stones, elevated PSA, bladder problems, and more.
Given the practice’s extreme dedication to offering procedures and options that are the most technologically advanced in the country, and considering that these advances make the procedures more cost-effective in an in-office setting, it’s clear to see why Avant Concierge Urology needs to be at the top of your list for treating urologic conditions. We want you to know the completely tailored experience that always has your best interests in mind (including the interests of your wallet).
Reach out and find out how we’re changing the game in urology. Understand how innovation – avant – drives us. You won’t regret it.