Dr. Sharpe received his bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. After obtaining his Medical Degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine in 2000, he completed a surgical internship at Texas Tech University, where he worked under Dr. Bernard Mittemeyer whose prostatectomy technique is the basis of today’s robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Sharpe completed his Urologic Residency at Emory University in 2005 and is board certified by the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Sharpe treats all urological conditions but has a special interests in prostate cancer, vaginal prolapse, kidney cancer, and erectile dysfunction. Prior to joining Northeast Georgia Urological Associates he was instrumental in expanding the minimally invasive treatment options and making these options more widely available to the patients of North Alabama. He was the area’s first and most experienced robotic surgeon, offering robotic surgery for kidney cancer, cystocele/pelvic prolapse, and kidney drainage reconstruction ( i.e. pyeloplasty ). He was also the first urologist in that area to perform complete laparoscopic procedures such as kidney radiofrequency treatment of renal tumors, pyeloplasty, and pure laparoscopic nephrectomy in that area.
Northeast Georgia Urological Associates is pleased to have Dr. Sharpe join our treatment team and are excited to add his expertise in Urologic minimally invasive robotic surgery in serving our patients and the people of Northeast Georgia.
It has been shown that a patient recovers much more quickly and has less pain if he has had several small incisions as compared to the one larger one of open surgery. This allows the typical patient to go home the day after surgery and limits the need of post-operative pain medication.
Although the da Vinci system is used for surgical treatment of the kidney, ureter, bladder and vaginal prolapse, its most common application is that of removing the prostate for prostate cancer.
If your doctor suggests surgery for a kidney disease or kidney cancer, it can be done using open surgery (through one large incision) or using minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.
Depending on your condition and the location of your tumor, you may not have to lose your entire kidney during surgery. This surgical method is called partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery. The goal is to remove only the diseased part of your kidney and keep the healthy part in place.
Studies show patients who have kidney-sparing surgery are less likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) or need dialysis compared to those who lose their entire kidney.
Feel free to contact our office to learn more about the management of urological conditions using the da Vinci robot. Dr. Sharpe does robotic procedures at both the Gainesville and Braselton hospitals.