Urology Center

A urologist is a surgical specialist who focuses on cancerous and non-cancerous diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder and prostate. Urologists also treat such disorders as male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, female pelvic prolapse and incontinence, kidney stones, complex urinary tract infections, vasectomies and urologic disorders in children. At Rockwood Clinic our urologists have extensive experience in all of these fields.

Our urologists work very closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists to diagnose and treat cancers of the urinary system including: kidney cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  This field is called urologic oncology.  Twice a month our specialists gather in a multi-disciplinary conference to discuss these, sometimes challenging, cases.  This provides patients a more thorough and complete evaluation for their cancer.  This helps ensure that all of our patients have access to the best available treatment, cutting edge technologies and clinical trials in order to provide the best possible outcomes during a very challenging time in their lives.

Examples of the technologies we offer include:

  • Robotic prostatectomy, a procedure performed on the da Vinci® robotic system to provide a less invasive treatment option for prostate cancer
  • Laparoscopic surgery, a less invasive option for treatment of some types of cancers.  Laparoscopy shortens hospital stay and recovery time and offers better cosmetic outcomes with less pain after the procedure
  • Cryotherapy, a method that is used to freeze some cancers that is less invasive than traditional surgery

We also offer other minimally invasive procedures including.

  • For male voiding dysfunction, the Greenlight Laser (PVP) is a procedure used to ablate prostate tissue for men with urinary difficulty.  The procedure results in a quicker recovery period with no hospital stay compared to conventional treatments
  • For stone disease, our urologists are experts in ureteroscopy and Shock Wave lithotripsy that offer minimally invasive and even non-invasive treatments for stones
  • For incontinence we offer minimally invasive procedures ranging from office procedures, to minimally invasive "sling" procedures.

The Rockwood Clinic Urology department is committed to providing the highest level of care while remaining on the cutting edge of treatment options.


Urology Center

Deaconess Health and Education Center
910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite: 801
Spokane, WA  99204
TEL: (509) 755-5121
FAX: (509) 459-1565
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Dirk Sypherd, M.D.

Dirk Sypherd, M.D., urology, joined the Rockwood Urology Center as a physician in August 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and his medical degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Sypherd also completed an internship and residency in urology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. He is a board certified by the American Board of Urology, and is a member of the American Urologic Association and the Idaho State Medical Association. He was previously with Caldwell Urology in Caldwell, ID.
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