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July 31, 2014

Strang now practicing urology in Sylacauga

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:25 am | Updated: 2:19 pm, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

Urologist Dr. Andrew Strang is now practicing in Sylacauga once a week to provide care and convenience for area residents.

A physician with Urology Centers of Alabama, Strang is based at Coosa Valley Medical Center’s Professional Office Building in Suite 104. He fills the shoes of Dr. Mark DeGuenther, who previously serviced the Sylacauga area before Strang took over in May. Strang is in Sylacauga every Wednesday afternoon.

“I really enjoy the patients here,” Strang said. “They are different in a great way. They are so appreciative and well-mannered, and you can tell they are grateful to have this service close to home.”

Strang is a graduate of Davidson College and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society while at Wake Forest. Strang completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. There, he was awarded the Resident Research Award and was honored with First Place in the Division of Urology. He is certified by the American Board of Urology.

Strang, who specializes in robotic and minimally invasive surgery, primarily works at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, with Sylacauga being his only satellite location. He also travels with the Urology Centers to provide free prostate cancer screenings for men at least one Saturday a month.  

“I like that urology is a blend of surgery and medicine,” Strang said. “It also allows you to follow people for long-term issues like cancer or quick fixes like vasectomies. Other fields have problems that are much more difficult and you are maybe improving the quality of life incrementally, but what I like about urology is that almost all of our issues can be treated.”

Strang said he has seen a ratio of about 70 percent male to 30 percent female patients in Sylacauga so far. He treats patients age 13 and older. Most patients, he said, are in their 40s and 50s. The most common issues Strang treats include kidney stones, incontinence, prostate cancer, infertility and low testosterone. 

Strang said seeking help is the biggest step in overcoming the embarrassment associated with some urological problems.

 

“I thought (embarrassment) would be an issue, but it is not at all for 95 percent of people,” Strang said. “In fact, most of the time, you can’t get people to stop talking. Usually, if they have made the leap to make the appointment, they’re ready to talk about it, and that’s good. The real challenge is reaching the people with issues who just haven’t picked up the phone. And I’ve said this a thousand times – this is what I do for a living, so don’t be embarrassed.”

When he is not at work, Strang enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, McNeill, and two children, Anne Marshall and Harris. 

Urology Centers of Alabama has 14 locations around the state and is based in Homewood. It has 27 urologists on staff, as well as two radiation oncologists, one pathologist, one radiologist, six physicians’ assistants, one nurse practitioner and more than 180 employees. 

The centers’ physicians lead the way in cutting-edge medical procedures such as minimally invasive robotic surgery, endoscopic and laser surgery and radioactive seed implantation for prostate cancer, according to a press release, and the practice also plays an integral role in the field of urology through research studies.

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