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Pediatric urology

Pediatric urology

Pediatric specialists provide surgical and non-surgical urological services

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield provides specialized care to children from birth through age 18 with a wide range of urologic conditions.

We provide care for a wide variety of conditions: from simple – such as bedwetting, undescended testes, hernias, circumcisions, incomplete circumcision repairs and urinary tract infections, to more complex – such as hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, urinary tract obstructions, urinary reflux and disorders of sexual development.

Why a pediatric urologist?

Children are not just small adults. They have special types of medical conditions that need to be treated by someone specially trained to manage them. Children cannot always answer medical questions and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Pediatric urologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric urologists often use equipment specially designed for children. Offices and waiting areas are arranged and decorated with children in mind  ̶  with toys, videos and reading materials. This helps create a comfortable and non-threatening environment for your child.

The nursing and medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is trained in pediatric specialty care and committed to meeting the unique needs of children up to age 18.

We treat only children. Our inpatient and outpatient services are designed for the comfort, privacy and convenience of families.

If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric urologist, you can be assured that at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield, your child will be seen by a urologist who has the most extensive and comprehensive training, as well as the greatest proficiency in dealing with children and treating their urinary tract disorders.

Given the unique needs to provide pediatric urologic care, there is a specialized board certification in pediatric urology. This certification is designated by the American Urological Association. This certification is only available to the highly trained specialty surgeons who have fulfilled the following criteria:

  • At least four years of medical school
  • One to two years of surgical residency
  • At least four additional years of residency training in general urology
  • One to three years of additional fellowship training in pediatric urology

A board certified pediatric urologist is required to dedicate a minimum of 75 percent of his or her practice to the urologic conditions of infants, children and adolescents.

The American Board of Urology has identified urologists that meet these measures with a certification of added qualification in pediatric urology. The pediatric urologists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield are the only board-certified pediatric urologists in western Massachusetts.

Services

Outpatient clinic visits are available every week at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield.

Most outpatient and inpatient surgeries are performed at the Springfield Shriners Hospital. We offer uroflow testing, video urodynamic testing and biofeedback for dysfunctional voiding. When needed, we can perform tests with sedation.

We offer a full array of surgical approaches, including minimally invasive techniques such as advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Occasionally, a complex procedure is performed at a collaborating site for pediatric urology associates. However, all pre- and post-surgical follow up visits occur at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield.

What types of treatments do pediatric urologists provide?

Pediatric urologists treat conditions of the bladder, urinary tract, kidney and genitalia for boys and girls from birth to early adulthood. Some specific conditions include evaluation and management of:            

  • Circumcision and repair of prior circumcisions
  • Meatal stenosis
  • Undescended testes
  • Hypospadias
  • Hernia/hydrocele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Hydronephrosis and kidney obstruction
  • Kidney and bladder stones
  • Varicocele
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Disorders of sexual development
  • Urinary tract issues associated with neurologic conditions (e.g. spina bifida, cerebral palsy)
  • Bladder control issues (e.g. bedwetting, dysfunctional voiding)
We are open to all referrals by phone or fax. As always, we offer this specialized care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
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