also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.
Conditions that commonly dictate a need for urologic surgery include neurogenic sources like spinal cord injury; injuries to the pelvic organs; chronic digestive and urinary diseases; as well as prostate infections and inflammations. There are many other common chronic and malignant diseases that can benefit from resection, surgical augmentation, or surgery to clear obstructions. These conditions impact the digestive, renal, and reproductive systems.
Most organs are susceptible to cancer in the form of tumors and invasion of the surrounding tissue. Urologic malignancies are on the rise. Other conditions that are seen more frequently include kidney stones, diseases and infections; pancreatic diseases; ulcerative colitis; penile dysfunction; and infections of the genitourinary tract.
Urologic surgery has been revolutionized by striking advances in urodynamic diagnostic systems. Changes in these areas have been particularly beneficial for urologic surgery: laparoscopy, endoscopic examination for colon cancer, implantation procedures, and imaging techniques. These procedural and imaging advances have brought the field of urology to a highly active and innovative stage, with new surgical options created each year.
Urologic surgery procedures
Our doctors offer the following procedures:
- Adrenal gland surgery
- Bladder surgery
- Genital and pelvic reconstruction
- Kidney stone removal
- Kidney surgery
- Pelvic prolapse repair
- Prostate surgery
- Testicular surgery
- Ureter surgery
- Vasectomy reversal
Minimally invasive urologic surgery
Traditional open urologic surgery, in which large incisions are made to access the abdominal and pelvic organs, has been the standard approach for urological surgery. While open surgery is sometimes necessary, common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unattractive surgical incision.
Whenever it is possible and best for the patient, we use minimally invasive surgery, including endoscopy, laparoscopy.