Weatherford Democrat

March 30, 2014

Working with the family


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH

Medicine is an art form in and of itself. To be both an artist and a urologist combines the best of both worlds.

Dr. Avi Desmukh (des-muck) of North Central Texas Urology in Weatherford says he’s ben painting for a number of years, starting off as a pencil drawing artist while he was a medical student to better understand what he was trying to learn. He moved on to paintings later in his career.

As time has gone on, Desmukh has become a professional artist and says medicine is an art all its own.

“I place my abilities as an artist to my medical practice which is only a plus to all my patients,” Desmukh said.

Desmukh spent eight years in the Air Force as a surgeon and flight surgeon before opening his practices, which extends from Granbury to Glen Rose, Stephenville and Mineral Wells. He said he opened a location here at 831 E. Eureka Drive about five months but has been in town about a year with his affiliation with Weatherford Regional Medical Center.

He said the relationship with the hospital and community has been nothing short of fabulous.

“The hospital and staff have been supportive of me,” Desmukh said. “The personnel here in Weatherford are as good as in the big cities and people here can take comfort in knowing there are local specialists who can take care of them.”

Desmukh said he likes to spend time with his patients and provide an educational approach to their problems. He says he provides a “high quality” of care while also doing surgery for the prostate, kidney and urologic issues for adults as well as children.

Desmukh said a common misconception is urology is just for men but it is also for women and children as well. Prostate problems in men and incontinence problems in both sexes can be treated by getting an early diagnosis of problems.

“Colonscopies should be done about every 10 years after the age of 50 for men, but if there is a family history of colon cancer those checks should begin earlier,” Desmukh said. “What a lot of people don’t know is that there is both medical and surgical relief for colon issues.”

Relief from kidney stones, which one in five Texans suffer from due to diet and genetics, and incontinence can also be found by seeing a urologist, Desmukh said.

Incontinence, or overactive bladder, is becoming an issue more people are willing to talk about. One in three women will suffer from it during their lifetimes. The issue can also lead to sexual withdrawal and even depression which is easily remedied, Desmukh said.

Desmukh is continuing expanding his practice with a location in Aledo coming soon. He also wants to expand by speaking to local organizations and civic clubs about what a urologist can provide. He has spoken to a number of international organizations about the issue.

“I believe in continuing education, for myself and for the public,” Desmukh said. “Information is a powerful thing.”

North Central Texas Urology is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours on Saturday in Stephenville. For information, visit ncturology.com For an appointment, call 817-599-3690.