Urology

Urology, 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.

When the urinary tract of a male or female becomes infected, medical attention is necessary.

In men, the urinary and reproductive system overlap, and for women, the urinary tract opens up into the vulva. Our procedures are performed with precision to heal infections and improve conditions. These surgeries include:

Nephrectomy

This minimally invasive procedure is performed to treat kidney diseases, injuries, and cancer. A nephrectomy is also done to remove a healthy kidney from a donor for transplantation. There are two types of nephrectomies for kidneys that need to be removed due to disease or cancer. A partial nephrectomy removes only a portion of the kidney while a radical nephrectomy removes the entire kidney. A physician will determine what kind of nephrectomy you need based on your injury or ailment.

Cystectomy

The surgical removal of all or part of the urinary bladder is called a cystectomy. In some cases, a cystectomy may be performed to remove the gallbladder or a cyst on the bladder. Similar to a nephrectomy, there are two types of cystectomies: partial and radical. A partial cystectomy removes part of the urinary bladder while a radical cystectomy removes the entire bladder and then some. For example, in men, a cystectomy may remove the entire bladder, as well as the prostate and seminal vesicles. In women, the bladder, uterus, ovaries, and part of the vagina may be removed.

Urethrectomy

Removing all or part of the male urethra is a surgical procedure known as a urethrectomy. This minimally invasive procedure is usually performed to reduce a male patient’s risk of cancer. An alternative to this procedure would be radiology and conservative treatment to prevent the spread of cancer cells. A physician will determine whether or not a urethrectomy is right for you.

Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection

This minimally invasive surgery removes diseased lymph nodes from the pelvis. This procedure may be performed on patients who suffer from bladder cancer, prostate cancer, urethral cancer, and penile cancer. A pelvic lymph node dissection may also be known as a pelvic lymphadenectomy, ilioinguinal lymphadenectomy, or deep groin dissection. Depending on your condition and treatment needs, an SSC physician may recommend a pelvic lymph node dissection.

Circumcision

This procedure removes the foreskin from the male genitalia. A fairly common surgical excision, circumcisions are typically performed on newborn boys. However, it is possible for adult men to undergo this procedure for personal reasons. In other instances, circumcision is performed as a religious ritual, as a family tradition, for personal hygiene, or preventative health care. No matter the reason, the trusted physicians at Specialty Surgical Center can perform this procedure on males of all ages.

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