Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Here at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, our urologists combine knowledge and technological resources to evaluate causes of both male and female dysfunction.
Throughout their lifetimes, both men and women may suffer from problems of their urinary systems.
MedStar St. Mary's offers minimally invasive surgical techniques applied with advanced technology to treat diseased and cancerous kidneys, adrenal glands, prostates, and bladders. Our urologists have advanced training and vast experience in performing minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and endourologic procedures.
Treatments we offer include:
- In cryoablation, the urologist freezes the cancerous cells of the renal mass. This technique can preserve the remaining normal kidney and offers the advantages of very small incisions, minimal pain, reduced blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay.
- Cystectomy is the partial or total surgical removal the bladder. It is used to treat bladder cancer that has spread into the bladder wall or to treat cancer that has recurred following initial treatment. The surgery is done through an incision made in your lower belly and can sometimes be done using minimally invasive methods.
- Dialysis is an artificial way to remove your body's waste and extra fluid. It isn't a perfect replacement for your kidneys or a cure for kidney failure, but it offers hope to many who suffer from the disease. Your blood is filtered through an artificial kidney, called a dialyzer; it leaves your body through an access tube, travels to the dialyzer to be cleansed of impurities, and returns. MedStar St. Mary's offers a complete range of renal dialysis services including
- Outpatient and home renal dialysis
- Inpatient renal dialysis
- Inpatient consultation services
- Hypertension clinics
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Support and social work services
- Laparoscopic Nephrectomy is a minimally invasive option for patients who need kidney removal as a result of kidney cancer or a non-functioning kidney. Less pain, a faster discharge from the hospital, and smaller scars are among the advantages of this type of procedure.
- Neobladder Construction is undertaken after a cystectomy in order to restore the functionality of the removed bladder. To create a neobladder, your physician takes an isolated section of your intestine and reshaped it into a new, replacement bladder. The neobladder is placed into the space in your body previously occupied by the original bladder. One end of the neobladder is attached to your ureters so that urine can drain from your kidneys to your new bladder and the other end of the neobladder is attached to your urethra.
- Penile Implant Surgery
- Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty repairs congenital or acquired narrowing or scarring where the ureter attaches to the kidney. Any patient with UPJ can benefit from this procedure which offers smaller incisions, less postoperative pain and a quicker return to work and activities. Learn more about robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty.
- Urinary Diversion replaces the bladder or helps the bladder hold urine by diverting the flow of urine through an opening in the abdominal wall. Urinary diversion is performed by our experts to treat patients whose bladders are non-functional or need to be removed due to cancer or traumatic injury.
- Urethroplasty is the surgical repair of an injury or defect within the walls of the urethra, often a urethral stricture. It may involve surgery to remove the involved segment and re-attach the two normal ends. When this type of repair is not possible, tissue can be grafted to augment to widen the affected urethral segment to a normal size.
- Urologic Reconstruction can restore the urinary tract to a functional state after it has been injured. It is performed by our experts to treat a number of conditions.
- Urologic Transplant Surgery may be necessary when the kidneys or another part of the urogenital system are no longer functioning. Learn more about kidney or small bowel transplants.