A Roane Medical Center surgeon has become the first medical professional in the U.S. to achieve dual accreditation as a Master Surgeon in Continence Care for Women. The accreditation means Michael C. Good, MD, is recognized for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety.
The honor is bestowed by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), a nonprofit, patient safety organization, and the National Association for Continence (NAFC).
“We’re proud to recognize Dr. Michael Good for his commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, CEO of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this surgeon is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.”
Status as an accredited surgeon means that Dr. Good has met nationally recognized standards for his specialty. Health care facilities and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and inspection process. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help the surgeon improve care and services.
“What they’re looking at is everything you have done for two years, so it’s taken a lot of work,” said Dr. Good. “They’re very thorough.”
Dr. Good began his medical career with an interest in minimally invasive surgery. At the time surgeons were trained in all areas of medicine, so he had the opportunity to learn about surgery related to obstetrics and gynecology.
Nearly 30 years later, he continues to seek out opportunities to learn more. “You’ve got to keep learning every day,” Dr. Good says. “You can never stop.”
Incontinence is something most people don’t like to acknowledge or discuss. Many who experience it assume they have no choice but to use padding and adult diapers.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say, ‘My grandma did it, my mother, dad and my sister does it — so I just thought it’s something we all do,’” Dr. Good says. “It’s one of those things a lot of people think is just part of getting older. Well, not necessarily.”
Many women start experiencing incontinence after childbirth, unintentionally urinating when they sneeze, laugh or engage in physical activity that puts stress on the bladder. For some women, the problem gets worse over time.
To help relieve this type of stress incontinence, Dr. Good places a mesh sling at the neck of the bladder, adding support to the bladder and the urethra. He says it’s a safe and effective outpatient procedure that only takes about 15 minutes and “makes a big difference in lifestyle.”
Dr. Good, who is also board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, explains that not every case of incontinence is the stress-induced type. Urge incontinence, a sudden and unexpected feeling of need to urinate, can be treated with special exercises, medication, electrical stimulation or surgery. Sometimes the treatment involves a combination of approaches.
There are also other, lesser-known forms of incontinence. Seeing a specialist who knows the difference and knows the most effective treatment for each type is important for achieving the best possible outcomes.
Dr. Good’s dual accreditation is affirmation of his experience from three decades in practice, his ongoing commitment to learning and his dedication to improving the quality of life for patients throughout the region.
We are so proud to have Dr. Good on staff at Roane Medical Center.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (931) 484-5141 or visit Roanemedicalcenter.com.