Taking a Staged Approach to Urology Treatments
Identifying the right approach to pediatric urology treatment is critical to achieving optimal outcomes. Patients and families need the peace of mind that they are getting the right treatment option for their child to ensure optimal health.
Our pediatric urology specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s offer evidence-based treatment options. We work with families to determine a personalized plan starting with the least-invasive choices and ensuring surgery is the best option. Our treatment options include the latest non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques as well as the most technologically advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment when needed.
Our pediatric urology doctors at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s are nationally-recognized by US News & World Report and are skilled in identifying the best options for improving quality of life for children with urological issues. We encourage families to seek out expertise early to ensure that conditions can be proactively managed to avoid the need for more aggressive treatment options.
Leading-Edge Non-Surgical Urology Treatment Options
Most children seen at our multidisciplinary urology clinics will not require surgery. Most common conditions such as a recurring urinary tract infection can be treated effectively with medication. Other conditions that may not require surgical intervention include:
- Urinary incontinence or daytime wetting
- Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
- Overactive bladder or urinary frequency
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Dysuria (pain with urination)
Patients and families can expect to engage with a caring, supportive team of urologists and other clinical professionals who will conduct a full urologic evaluation and educate them about a variety of non-surgical options, including:
Biofeedback Therapy: A form of therapy that leverages computer simulation to teach children with urinary tract infections and other bladder control problems how to regulate various bodily functions for ongoing condition management.
Botox Treatments: Injections made into the bladder every six to 12 months can help relax muscles and control spasms in children experiencing nerve damage or overactive bladder.
Neuromodulation: A form of therapy that uses non-harmful electric impulses to alter nerve functions in children with voiding dysfunctions.
Specialty Surgical Care for Urologic Conditions
Patients and parents can trust that the UH team will only consider surgery after other treatments have been considered. Our urology specialists consult closely with several pediatric specialists across the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s system of care, including:
- Pediatric anesthesiology
- Pediatric nephrology
- Pediatric oncology
- Pediatric radiology
- Pediatric surgery
This collaborative approach to care ensures the right diagnosis, the right choice for treatment and the most optimal outcomes.
Once a family has determined to move forward with surgery, we provide caring support and education every step of the way. Our specialists leverage the most sophisticated urodynamics testing equipment including sonograms, x-rays and MRI. We also work with MRI specialists who have specific expertise with complex kidney and pelvic organ abnormalities.
Our team leverages the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques including endoscopic laser treatment for managing stone disease, laparoscopic procedures for complex urinary tract reconstruction. These approaches result in less pain and scarring, speed recovery times and allow children to return home faster – minimizing disruption to normal childhood activity and development.
A Family-Centered Approach for Optimal Treatment Outcomes
The UH multidisciplinary team of pediatric urologists understands that the process of identifying and choosing treatment options can be a stressful time for families. We are committed to partnering with you and exploring all options to determine the best path for your personal needs. We take time to educate patients and families about the pros and cons of various choices and make recommendations with a child’s best interest at heart. To learn more about the treatment options our team can offer, contact us at 888-994-9321.