Collaborative Pediatric Urology Care
When children face urinary tract problems and complex bladder conditions, families need answers that will help them resolve the problem effectively. The pediatric urology specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s is committed to providing the expert guidance and support needed to diagnose and treat these specialized disorders.
Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric urology specialists takes a collaborative approach to urology care, partnering with families to identify and choose the best path forward. We work closely with a broad array of pediatric specialists across the system to offer the most advanced treatment options and achieve the best possible outcomes.
Multidisciplinary Clinics for Specialized Urology Care
We understand the importance of a holistic approach to care for your child’s condition, so our pediatric urologists are actively involved in several specialty clinics for complex conditions, including:
Bladder and bowel dysfunction clinic: A joint clinic with the pediatric digestive health specialists, the bowel and bladder dysfunction clinic is available to patients with conditions that affect both systems such as incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and constipation in children that can overlap and are inter-related. Patients receive a comprehensive assessment from a multidisciplinary team that often includes same-day appointments with a pediatric specialist in gastroenterology and urology. Our experts safely guide patients and families to the right level of care for a wide variety of bowel and bladder issues.
Kidney stones and complex renal anomalies program: Families can expect a collaborative approach to kidney stone treatment and other complex renal anomalies that focuses on the least invasive treatment for the best outcome. Our pediatric urologists work closely with pediatric nephrologists for medical evaluation and treatment of kidney stone disease. After treatment, patients and families participate in monthly interdisciplinary conferences to discuss specific patient needs and design kidney stones treatment plans.
Our team is also aware of the risks as overtreatment of other conditions that can lead to antibiotic resistance or kidney issues. Our pediatric urology specialists work closely with many other pediatric specialists to protect children’s kidneys while undergoing other treatment.
Spina Bifida: While spina bifida is a congenital condition that affects the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, it can have a significant impact on many other systems within a child’s body. In fact, the most common causes of additional problems for patients with spina bifida are related to kidney failure in children and sepsis from urinary tract infections. Our Spina Bifida Clinic is uniquely led by a pediatric urologist to provide the unique expertise needed to address urinary tract and complex kidney problems in patients who suffer from this disorder.
With so many systems affected by this disease, we know the importance of convenient access to a wide variety of specialists in a single location at a single time. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians and nurses that specialize in the following:
- Pediatric neurology
- Pediatric urology
- Pediatric neurosurgery
- Pediatric neuropsychology
- Pediatric gastroenterology
- Pediatric orthopaedics
- Developmental behavioral pediatrics
Together, we develop an individualized care plan for your child to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Some patients, including those with the myelomeningocele form of spina bifida, require more frequent assessments, including a comprehensive annual evaluation.
We Treat a Wide Array of Urologic Conditions
Our pediatric urology specialists are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of issues, including more common urinary tract conditions to the most complex or rare condition such as congenital defects, including:
- Bedwetting in children(nocturnal enuresis)
- Bladder outlet obstruction
- Bladder infection in kids
- Bladder stone
- Blocked urine flow
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Cloacal anomalies
- Difficult or painful urination (dysuria)
- Ectopic ureter
- Exstrophy of the bladder and epispadias
- Foreskin problems
- Frequent urination in children
- Genitourinary tumors including tumors in the kidney, bladder and testicles
- Hydronephrosis (including prenatal)
- Imperforate hymen
- Inguinal hernia
- Kidney cysts, stones (renal calculi) or trauma
- Labial adhesions
- Neurogenic bladder
- Penile adhesions
- Penile curvature
- Penile skin bridges
- Penile webbing
- Posterior urethral valves
- Scrotal mass
- Spina bifida
- Testicular pain
- Testicular torsion
- Undescended testicle (cryptorchidism)
- Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
- Urinary problems caused by nerve disease
- Urinary reflux
- Urinary tract infections
- Urethral strictures
We Understand Children
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s has a passion for taking care of children. We not only offer nationally-recognized pediatric urology expertise, but we take a systemic approach to treating younger populations, drawing from the deep expertise of the full range of pediatric specialties only available at a full-service children’s hospital. Since many complex urology problems are outgrowths or inter-related to other conditions, we recognize the importance of having a diverse care team that works together to provide a highly coordinated, multidisciplinary plan at several locations across northeast Ohio.