Dr. David DiPiazza is a Skilled Surgeon You Can Confide In
Sometimes embarrassing to talk about, urology concerns can be serious and should never be ignored just because it is an uncomfortable subject. As with any other health issue that requires a specialist, when looking for an urologist or urogynecologist, it is important to find a doctor who is credentialed, experienced, and skilled in their field, and when the problem is as personal as urological dysfunction, you also need a doctor you can talk to. Patients love that about Dr. DiPiazza; he makes them feel okay and safe with his humor and down-to-earth manner.
“I am so thankful that I found Dr. DiPiazza,” states a patient. “I had consultations with three other doctors before making a decision. I was so impressed that he treated me as if he had known me for years. I felt so comfortable with him. I knew before the appointment was over that he would be the doctor I would allow to do my surgery. He is very thoughtful, caring, very educated, and takes time with you and explains all the procedures involved. He is, without a doubt, the best doctor I have ever met.”
A skilled surgeon, David DiPiazza, MD of Urology Specialists of West Florida sees a lot of patients with embarrassing urological issues, ranging from pelvic prolapse in women and prostate issues in men, to incontinence and complications caused by cancer in both women and men. Dr. DiPiazza is an expert in female prolapse urologic pelvic floor repair, prostate concerns, and general urology, treating urological dysfunction and disease specific to both women and men.
Dr. DiPiazza is Board Certified in Urology and is the only Urologist in Pasco and Pinellas Counties who is Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. DiPiazza completed his undergraduate training with honors at Cornell University, later completing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Princeton Medical Center. After six years of formal surgical training, Dr. DiPiazza began treating all aspects of urologic oncology, general urology, and the subspecialty of urogynecology. In 2010, Dr. DiPiazza was the Chief of Surgery at Community Hospital (now the Medical Center of Trinity West Pasco Campus), and he is well known and respected by his colleagues in the Tampa Bay Area. Dr. DiPiazza has been referred to as the “surgeon’s surgeon” and shares, “I get a lot of referrals from gynecologists and oncologists in the area, and when local doctors need urology or pelvic surgery, they come to me.” His colleagues trust him with their patients, too. He adds, “When people need advanced cancer surgeries, or they have difficult patients, they send them to me.”
Experienced in da Vinci Robot assisted surgeries, Dr. DiPiazza has years of experience in laparoscopically removing tumors in the prostate, the kidneys, and the bladder. In the instance of kidney cancer, Dr. DiPiazza makes every effort to remove the cancer and reconstruct the kidney, in order to save it. “I can do this in most cases,” he says. “Many surgeons would just do the easier surgery of removing the entire kidney.”
Over the past ten years, Dr. DiPiazza has helped thousands of patients to get their lives back to normal using minimally invasive da Vinci Robot assisted surgery.
Dr. DiPiazza uses Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery to Change Women’s Lives
The minimally invasive da Vinci Robot is a great tool in the hands of a skilled surgeon, and has successfully changed the way that pelvic prolapse surgeries are performed. About 200,000 women have prolapse surgery every year in the United States. Prolapse means that the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments have stretched and weakened, reducing the support for the uterus. Sometimes, the bladder also descends. When the uterus or the bladder descends into the vaginal canal, this can become both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Prolapse can cause women to have a feeling of heaviness or pulling in the pelvis, painful intercourse, difficulties with urination or with bowel movements and even protrusion of the organs from the vagina. Women needlessly suffer from this when they don’t need to. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, as Dr. DiPiazza and his kind staff can help you understand.
Dr. DiPiazza uses the da Vinci Robot to perform what is called a Robotic Sacrocolpopexy. Prior to technologically advanced robotic-assisted surgery, this procedure (sacrocolpopexy) used to result in a large scar and longer recovery time. Robotic Sacrocolpopexy is more safe for patients because of reduced blood loss, fewer complications and a much shorter hospitalization and recovery time than traditional surgery. Dr. DiPiazza performs surgeries like this multiple times a week, which means he is both trained and practiced, which is key when looking for a good surgeon.
“It’s important to be a good surgeon first, the robot is just a tool,” says Dr. DiPiazza. “There’s a huge learning curve when it comes to female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgery, but I’ve been performing vaginal prolapse surgeries every week since 2006.”
Skilled and experienced at many types of procedures that help his patients enjoy a better quality of life, Dr. DiPiazza says, “Many treatments don’t need surgery and many surgeries don’t need a robot.” One very common problem for women of all ages is stress incontinence, but did you realize that Dr. DiPiazza corrects this annoying and embarrassing problem with a 15-minute procedure?
One patient said, “I finally did it. No more leaky faucet! Dr. DiPiazza is great. He made my overwhelming plumbing problems go away. I was a mess. I had stage 3 prolapsed bladder, severe urgency issues where I sometimes didn’t make it to the bathroom, and severe leakage. I was avoiding taking care of it because it’s embarrassing. I finally decided the issues couldn’t be avoided. Dr. DiPiazza is a doctor you can talk to about these embarrassing issues. He did the robotic surgery so the recovery was shorter.” Stating, “Go! Don’t wait another minute. Dr. DiPiazza is great!”
Education and experience give him an impressive bio, but when patients meet Dr. DiPiazza in person, it is his passion for what he does that makes an impression. He takes the time to talk to patients about their concerns, and to show them what can be done, and how. He is part caregiver, part scientist, and all surgeon. He understands the way the body works, and has experience working around the organs in the pelvis and abdomen, which is no easy task. And, Dr. DiPiazza is easy to talk to so there is no reason to suffer from urological or urogynecological issues. Make an appointment today with Dr. DiPiazza.
Dr. DiPiazza is a physician at Urology Specialists of West Florida and practices out of two convenient locations. To make an appointment at Urology Specialists of West Florida in Trinity, located at 2148 Duck Slough Blvd., Suite 102, call (727) 375-1975. The Westchase office of Urology Specialists of West Florida is located at 12780 Race Track Road, Suite 125 in Tampa and can be reached at (813) 749- 0822. Please log on to www.urologyspecialistsflorida.com