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Urology

Urology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the male and female urinary tract system (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) and the male reproductive organs. United Regional provides general urology services and the treatment of complex urological conditions; including a urodynamics lab for testing and diagnosis of urinary conditions.

Some common urologic conditions include:

Help for Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder can be disruptive to everyday living. The good news is that overactive bladder can be treated often with oral medication. Many patients are also helped by Botox injected into the muscles of the bladder; this therapy typically lasts for six to eight months and then is re-injected.

For persons who have not found success with these treatments, these are other solutions available:
Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)

Patient Receiving PTNS
PTNS is a minimally invasive form of neuromodulation used to treat overactive bladder and the associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Simply put, this device sends an electric current to a nerve in the ankle and it interrupts the electrical impulses that are over stimulating the bladder.

Implantable Device
United Regional offers another technology – a device like a pacemaker for the bladder – for both men and women to help with urinary incontinence and frequency.
The small device is implanted under the skin close to the tailbone. It’s programmed to emit electrical impulses that interrupt poor communication between the brain and the sacral nerves. By regulating the communication between the brain and the bladder, neuro-stimulation can reduce urinary leaking and urgency feelings.

Robotic Procedures
Because it is minimally invasive, the precision of robotic technology is ideal for delicate and complex urologic surgeries.
Robotics permits a three-dimensional view of the operative field—compared with laparoscopic surgery’s two-dimensional view—and allows for a much wider range of motion of the surgical instruments and scaling of motion, facilitating the precise suturing techniques required to perform these extremely delicate and precise procedures. These advantages are borne out in the extensive data gathered to date showing excellent symptomatic improvement for patients undergoing these robotic procedures.

Some of the procedures performed robotically include:

To find a physician in this medical specialty, please visit our Physician Directory, or contact United Regional Call-a-Nurse at (940) 764-8570 or (800) 982-9799.