Minimally Invasive Procedures for Kidney Cancer & Prostate Cancer



Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal Doctor Profile

Dr. Mark Thomas has had a longstanding interest in the treatment of male infertility with microsurgery. Dr. Thomas had microsurgical training with the Plastic Surgery Hand Team - reattaching the nerves and blood supply for severed fingers in the treatment of hand injuries. Dr. Thomas continued his microsurgical training in the Department of Urologic Surgery, Texas A & M University Scott and White Memorial Hospital. Dr. Thomas has years of experience with microsurgery for vasectomy reversal, microsurgical epididymal sperm retrieval and microsurgical varicocele ligation.

In 1996, Dr. Thomas became a member of The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) dedicated to improving the quality of care in the subfertile male. The SSMR is an infertility society within the American Urologic Association. In addition, Dr. Thomas was voted "Top Doc" in Albuquerque by his peers in 2006.

Dr. Thomas performed one of the first MESA (microsurgical epididymal sperm aspirations) in New Mexico, thus allowing the use of post vasectomy patients' sperm for in-vitro fertilization.

Dr. Thomas utilizes an advanced microscope for vasectomy reversals and continues to offer both vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval.

Laparoscopy Doctor Profile

In the spring of 1988, while Dr. Thomas was training at Boston Children's Hospital, his mentors Dr. Craig Peters and others would use a pediatric cystoscopy (a tiny telescope) to look through the belly button to find an intra-abdominal undescended testis. Thus started Dr. Thomas' experience with laparoscopy to reduce the size of incisions for many conditions.

From 1989-1992 Dr. Thomas performed laparoscopy for undescended testicles, intersex (looking for infants who had both a testis and an ovary) and congenital abnormalities of the kidney.

In 1991, Dr. Thomas performed the first laparoscopic Nephrectomy in EI Paso, Texas for a benign congenitally malformed kidney the same year that Dr. Ralph Clayman performed the first laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery. Dr. Thomas has attended many endo-urologic surgery conferences taught by Dr. Clayman and other mentors. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

In 1992, while serving as Associate Professor of Urologic Surgery at Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Sciences Center, Dr. Thomas published "Laparoscopic Orchiectomy for Unilateral Intra-abdominal Testis".

From 1991-1997, Dr. Thomas performed laparoscopic nephrectomy for benign, nonfunctioning kidneys changing a painful flank or rib removal incision into a less painful belly button incision. In 1997, when laparoscopy for kidney and adrenal cancer was proven to be equally effective as open surgery, Dr. Thomas proceeded to doing laparoscopic radical nephrectomies.

In 2002, Dr. Thomas began applying minimally invasive techniques for small renal masses and painful renal cyst ruptures in order to perform laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.

In 2003, for kidney lesions 4cm in diameter or less, Dr. Thomas began offering laparoscopic ultrasound-guided cryoablation of these lesions. Cryoablation (a freezing method) allowed outpatient overnight observation for a surgery that, in the past, may have resulted in 5-7 days of hospitalization.

In 2004, Dr. Thomas began proctoring other surgeons across the nation in laparoscopic cryoablation of kidney lesions. As a teacher of Endocare, Dr. Thomas provided the instruction that provided more patients the benefits of a shorter recovery period for smaller renal masses. Dr. Thomas has also performed safety observations of surgeries involving the colon, kidneys, and other organs.

Moving forward into the next decade, Dr. Thomas has continued to expand the options for patients and now offers laparoscopic-assisted radical cystectomy.

Map to El Paso Urology

El Paso Urology
4687 N Mesa, Suite 100
El Paso, TX 79912
Ph. (915) 532 3119
Fax. (915) 351 6048

Business Schedule

Monday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday* 9:00AM - 2:00PM

*Friday by appointment only*