Our pediatric urologic specialists treat all types of urologic conditions and work to provide children with the most effective treatments.
We treat a wide range of pediatric urological conditions, including:
- Bedwetting: The involuntary loss of urine (wetting) beyond the age when a child is expected to be toilet trained. This is generally considered to be by seven years of age for nighttime control.
- Hypospadias: A condition in which the urethra does not develop the right way and the urethral opening (meatus or pee-hole) is not in the normal place at the tip of the penis. The opening can occur anywhere below the tip of the penis, along the shaft of the penis, or all the way to the scrotum.
- Maldescended testicles: When one or both of the testicles in a baby boy does not move all the way down into the scrotum. This condition is even more common in babies born too early or who don't weigh enough.
- Prenatal hydronephrosis: A dilatation or an "over-accumulation" of urine in the portion of the kidney, where urine is collected. It may involve one or both kidneys. Hydronephrosis is the most common abnormality detected on prenatal ultrasound.
- Urinary tract infections: An inflammation of the bladder or kidneys
Tests and treatments
Our urodynamic laboratory provides information on the function of the bladder and urethral sphincter. When we examine your child, we may perform certain tests to evaluate their condition. This may include:
- Pediatric radiology: Using imaging techniques and equipment
- Urodynamic testing: A test that tells us how your child's lower urinary tract (the bladder) and urethra are working
- Video evaluation of blood in the urine (hematuria), urinary tract infections
Some of the treatment services we provide include:
- Bladder and kidney reconstruction: Surgical reconstruction of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder)
- Bowel management: A bowel management program that begins at infancy through five-years or older.
- Care after meatoplasty/meatotomy: Providing guidance on pain, care of the site, and activity after a meatotomy (or meatoplasty) procedure is done to enlarge the opening at the tip of the penis (urethral meatus). This procedure is performed if the opening is too small, making it hard for your child to pass urine. This may be done in the office using a local anesthetic (a numbing jelly) or in the operating room with anesthesia.
- Genital reconstruction: Surgical reconstruction of genital abnormalities, such as hypospadias
- Minimally invasive urologic surgery (laparoscopy): Surgery that's less painful with reduced scarring
- Pediatric renal transplantation: Renal (kidney) transplantation for children
- Post-circumcision care: Providing guidance on diet, pain management, incision care, and activity after your son has been circumcised