What is Pediatric Urology?
Pediatric urology is a surgical subspecialty that encompasses problems and disorders of the genitourinary system in children.
What is a Pediatric Urologist?
Pediatric urologists are surgeons who diagnose, treat and manage children's urinary, genital and gynecological problems. The Division of Pediatric Urology at Stamford Health offers comprehensive and compassionate medical and surgical treatment for children with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions related to the urinary and reproductive tract.
Why Should My Child See a Pediatric Urologist?
Abnormalities of the urinary tract are fairly common and best treated by a specialist in coordination with your child's pediatrician. Since many urologic conditions are detected by ultrasound during pregnancy, our physicians also collaborate with obstetricians to offer prenatal consultations.
Remember, children aren't little adults; they have their own ways of communicating. That's why it's important to find the best caregiver who can sit down with your child and understand the root cause of his or her specific urinary tract disorder. Our pediatric urologists take your child's fears and anxieties seriously. When necessary, we use equipment designed specifically for children. We also make sure our facilities are warm and welcoming, from the waiting area to the examination room.
What Conditions do Pediatric Urologists Treat?
Pediatric Urologists are responsible for diagnosis and management of:
- Meatal stenosis
- Circumcision and circumcision revision
- Inguinal hernia
- Undescended testis
- Hydronephrosis (obstruction of urine flow from the kidneys)
- Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
- Urinary reflux
- Stones (bladder and kidney)
- Voiding disorders (bedwetting, frequency, pain with urination)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Bleeding (hematuria)
- Disorder of sexual development
- Prune Belly Syndrome
- Hypospadias (urine tube ends short of the tip of the penis)
- Cryptorchidism (undescended testes)
- Prenatal consultation for genitourinary abnormalities
What Kind of Surgery do Pediatric Urologists Perform?
The pediatric urologic surgeons at Stamford Health perform open procedures as well as state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery for infants, children and adolescents using laparoscopic and robotic technology. These technologies result in children experiencing less pain and fewer complications, little or no scarring, a faster recovery time, and a shorter stay in the hospital if an overnight stay is required.
Our Commitment to Quality
Our physicians are fellowship trained full-time pediatric urologists who earned The American Board of Urology Certificates of sub-specialization in pediatric urology. Our pediatric urologists work closely with your child's pediatrician and pediatric specialists including radiologists to provide wide-ranging and advanced treatment of both common and uncommon conditions.