Pediatric Urology Treatment

The pediatric urologists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s offer evidence-based treatment options for a variety of common and complex urologic conditions. We work with families to determine a personalized plan starting with the least-invasive choices before determining if surgery is the right 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 are nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and are skilled in identifying the best options for improving quality of life for children with urological problems. We encourage families to seek out expertise early to ensure that urologic conditions can be proactively managed to avoid the need for more aggressive treatment options.

To learn more about our pediatric urology services, please call 1-888-994-9321.


Non-Surgical Pediatric Urology Treatment Options

Most children seen at our multidisciplinary pediatric urology treatment centers will not require surgery. Common urological conditions such as a recurring urinary tract infection can be treated effectively with medication. Other pediatric urology problems that may not require surgical intervention include:

Patients and families can expect to engage with a caring, supportive team of pediatric 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.

Pediatric Surgery & 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 pediatric 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 pediatric urologists and surgeons leverage the most sophisticated urodynamic 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 utilizes the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques including endoscopic laser treatment for managing stone disease and 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.

Surgical Procedures for Urologic Problems

Our pediatric urology surgeons perform a wide range of surgical procedures across the spectrum of urologic care. Urology procedures we perform include:

Multidisciplinary Clinics for Specialized Pediatric Urology Treatment & Care

We understand the importance of a holistic approach when caring for your child’s condition. As a result, our pediatric urologists are actively involved in several specialty clinics to help comprehensively treat complex conditions.

Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction Clinic

A joint clinic with our pediatric digestive health specialists, the bowel and bladder dysfunction clinic is available to children with conditions that affect both systems such as incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and constipation. Patients receive a comprehensive assessment from a multidisciplinary team and often have 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 that overtreatment of other conditions that can lead to antibiotic resistance or kidney issues. Our pediatric urologists work closely with many other pediatric specialists to protect children’s kidneys while undergoing other treatment.

Spina Bifida Clinic

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 spina bifida, 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:

Together, we develop an individualized care plan for your child and conduct comprehensive annual evaluations. Some patients require more frequent assessments, to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.