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Flanagan, Michael J.

  • Urology

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Address 1579 Straights Tpke. - Suite 2A
Middlebury, CT 6762
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DR. MICHAEL J. FLANAGAN is the medical director for Urology Specialists, PC and a subinvestigator at the Connecticut Clinical Research Center. A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., he earned his medical degree from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School. He interned and did two years of his residency in general surgery at Waterbury Hospital before completing four years of training in urology at Temple University in Philadelphia. His confident and easygoing manner make patients feel relaxed with him. “No one likes to talk about incontinence and erections,” he says.
Dr. Flanagan joined Urology Specialists in 1992 and practices general urology, with special interests in robotic prostate surgery, female incontinence, urologic cancer, kidney stones and laparoscopic surgery for kidney removal. Over the past two years, he has performed close to 100 robotic surgeries for prostate cancer, the most in the midstate and Waterbury areas. He recalls that when he was a resident, doctors were just starting to do laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder removal and the procedure took three to four hours; now it can be done in less than an hour. “When I first saw the robot, I could easily see its potential advantages,” he says. Initially, there were concerns about cancer outcomes with robotic surgery, but those concerns have been addressed and currently yield equally curative results. While robotic surgery is not for everyone, he notes, and traditional surgery may be the best route for some patients, he says patients do recover more quickly from robotic surgery. “They have the same surgical outcome, but the majority spend just one night in the hospital,” he explains, because there is less surgical trauma with robotic surgery. Additionally, many patients experience earlier continence with robotic surgery. He adds that “our operating times and the outcomes are consistent with what’s seen across the country.” When caring for women, he partners with gynecologists to complement their care and help improve outcomes for patients.

Additional Information

Practice: Urology Specialists, PC,
CT Clinical Research Center
CT Center for Continence

Other Office Locations: 10 Main St., So., Southbury • (203) 757-8361
455 Lewis Ave., Ste. 205, Meriden • (203) 379-0605

Medical School: UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School
Temple University

Hospital Affiliations: St. Mary’s Hospital
Waterbury Hospital
MidState Medical Center

Organizations: American Urologic Association
Diplomate, American Board of Urology
New Haven Medical Association
Waterbury Medical Association
Connecticut Medical Society
Connecticut Urology Society

Flanagan, Michael J. - Middlebury, CT

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