Carroll Hospital Center’s board-certified urologists provide the latest urology procedures to treat disorders of the urinary tract and male and female urogenital systems. They treat disorders involving the bladder, kidneys, ureters, prostate, testicles and penis. They also provide the latest treatment for cancer that involves one of these organs.
If you have bladder or urinary problems that are interfering with your life, you should seek help. Most problems can be treated with newer medications or minimally invasive procedures.
A partial listing of our urologic procedures follows:
Bladder procedures including:
- InterStim® Therapy – a new, minimally invasive procedure that helps control urinary problems through a device implanted under the skin. The device, which is like a “pacemaker for the bladder,” sends a mild electronic impulse to the nerves that control the bladder, sphincter and pelvic floor muscles.
- Surgical treatment for urinary incontinence – when other treatments are not working, surgery may be used to support a weakened bladder or pelvic muscles to help you better control urine flow. Procedures include:
•Repair of pelvic prolapse – urologists can repair prolapsed (sagging) organs through a variety of techniques using
meshes and grafts to support the vaginal structures.
•Sling procedures – minimally invasive technique where your own tissue or synthetic materials are inserted to support
your urethra and the neck of the bladder.
- Cystectomy – removal of a part or all of the bladder to treat bladder cancer that has invaded the wall of the bladder. Part of the urethra, nearby lymph nodes and organs (such as the prostate in men or the uterus, cervix and ovaries in women) may be removed in a total (radical) cystectomy. Your surgeon will devise a new internal or external way to pass urine after the surgery.
Kidney treatment including:
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) – this non-surgical procedure uses high energy sound waves to break up the kidney stone into smaller pieces that can more easily pass through the urinary tract.
- Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy – a tiny incision in the back to remove medium to large kidney stones (renal calculi) from the urinary tract when other treatments are not effective. The stones are removed using a narrow tube inserted through the incision.
- Nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy – the removal of part or all of a kidney, often in patients with polycystic kidney disease (multiple cysts), severe kidney infection or kidney cancer, or when a kidney is being donated.
Pediatric urology including:
- Deflux® – an exciting new minimally invasive procedure that treats a child with vesicoureteral reflux, a condition where urine flows back into the kidneys and causes repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs). An alternative to traditional surgery or daily medications, this procedure use small incisions and a tiny camera to help place a healing gel where the ureters meet the bladder, preventing the backflow of urine.
- Circumcisions – removal of the penis foreskin.
- Hydrocele repairs – the repair of a fluid filled sac that accumulates in the scrotum, usually benign (not cancerous). It usually involves an outpatient procedure in which the surgeon makes a tiny incision to drain the fluid.
- Undescended testicle (cryptorchidism) – surgery that manipulates the testicle into place in the scrotum, to reduce the increased risk of testicular cancer and infertility that accompanies this condition, which is more common in premature infants.
Prostate procedures including:
Minimally Invasive Treatments for BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) – many men experience benign (non-cancerous) enlargement (hyperplasia) of their prostate as they age, which can cause urinary problems such as slow flow, difficulty emptying the bladder or urgency and frequency. Our urologists offer state-of-the-art treatments for this common problem that include:
- Gyrus TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) – TURP is considered the best way to treat an enlarged prostate. This advanced approach uses low-voltage energy to vaporize and remove the portion of the prostate that is enlarged and causing your symptoms.
- Transurethral microwave thermotherapy of the prostate (TUMT) – using heat to destroy excess prostate tissue by inserting a microwave antenna through a special catheter in the bladder.
- Laser prostatectomy – a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess prostate tissue using a laser.
Prostate cancer procedures including:
- Brachytherapy – prostate seeding, or treatment of prostate cancer with radiation implants
- Radical Prostatectomy to treat localized prostate cancer – removal of the prostate and surrounding tissue to treat cancer. Minimally invasive techniques can be used to reduce pain and recovery time. It typically involves general anesthesia and a hospital stay of several days.
A quick, outpatient procedure that provides permanent sterilization in men. "No Scalpel Vasectomies" are performed with only two tiny punctures in less than half an hour.