ABOUT DR KENNY RAO
Kenny is a Mackay and Townsville based Urologist, Australian trained and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He sees adult patients with a broad range of Urological conditions. He has a subspecialty interest in Urological cancers, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, kidney stone disease and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Growing up in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, Kenny was dux of his year at Melbourne High School. He graduated from the University of Melbourne and trained at Austin, Monash and Box Hill Hospital before completing a general and Robotic Fellowship at St Vincent's Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Kenny has performed over 3000 endoscopic surgeries for kidney stones and prostatic enlargement and has extensive experience with TURP, laser stone surgery, UroLift, Greenlight laser PVP and mini Percutaneous Nephrolithomy (PCNL). He is also a fully accredited Da Vinci™ Robotic Surgeon and has a regular robotic list at Mater Pimlico Townsville.
Kenny is well published in international peer reviewed scientific journals and won the Villis Marshall prize for his research on kidney ischaemia reperfusion injury. He has written a book chapter on haematuria and has been an invited speaker at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), American Urologic Association (AUA), and European Association of Urology (EAU).
Kenny specialises in a the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers.
This is an ever changing landscape and requires up to date research to support best practice. By working together with radiation and medical oncologists as well as specialist nursing consultants, Kenny uses a multidisciplinary approach to ensure all aspects of cancer care is considered in delivering the best of care for is patients and their families.
Kenny performs open and minimally invasive keyhole and robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery to achieve the best outcomes and minimise the burden of treatment.
KIDNEY STONE DISEASE
Kidney stones can be as painful as childbirth, or be completely asymptomatic. They can often be the result of dietary imbalances, inadequate fluid intake or metabolic diseases.
Some require urgent surgical intervention while others can be dissolved or pass on their own accord.
Kenny sees patients for elective and emergency stone disease and utilises the latest in laser and endoscopic technologies to tailor a treatment based on the unique needs of each individual.
BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA
Are you experiencing a weak stream or getting up too often at night to void? Benign prostatic enlargement is a condition that affects that affects up to 60% of men over the age of 40 years.
While many men have put up with such troubles for years, there are various treatments available that range from medications to long lasting minimally invasive surgery that can be performed as a day procedure.
Kenny offers Transurethral Resection of the Prostate surgery (TURP), UroLift, Photoselective Vaporisation of the Prostate (PVP), Bipolar enucleation and Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) surgery to help men regain their quality of life while minimising side effects.
Bladder pain and urinary frequency and incontinence can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. Many patients can find the symptoms embarrassing, debilitating and isolating.
The cause of these symptoms can often be hard to identify and may be the result of previous injury or surgery, cancers, childbirth or infections.
Kenny is experienced in investigating and managing men and women with a variety of bladder symptoms and performs urodynamic studies, bladder Botox injections, urethral bulking, slings and artificial sphincter surgery.
As a Urologist, Kenny helps men and couples with intimacy issues such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, vasectomy and premature ejaculation.
Such problems can often arise from psychological as well as physiological stressors and disease.
Treatments may involve sexual counselling, medications (such as Viagra), intracavernosal injections (Caverject) and penile prosthetics.