Personalized treatment plans designed around you
At Hurley Medical Center, our urologists and urology services follow a patient- and family-centered care model, providing effective, personalized treatment plans for urinary tract and genito-urinary disorders and conditions in women. Our primary goal is to help our patients identify problems early, get well quickly, and stay healthy over the long term. Whether a patient comes to us for preventive treatment, an acute medical problem, or to address a chronic or life-threatening condition, we offer comprehensive treatment options that improve long-term outlook and overall quality of life.
A team approach for comprehensive treatment and positive outcomes
We work closely with physicians and other medical specialists from throughout Hurley Medical Center, including nephrologists (for treatment of kidney disorders) and oncologists (for treatment of kidney, bladder, prostate and other cancerous conditions). Together, we offer a team approach to the treatment and resolution of complex health issues. Our physicians regularly consult with surgeons at Hurley’s Level I Trauma Center, as well as the hospital’s burn unit, high-risk obstetrics, and adult and neonatal intensive care units.
If you need surgery, our physicians utilize the most sophisticated treatment and surgical options available today, including minimally invasive technologies, in order to reduce pain, shorten hospital stays and contribute to faster healing. In fact, many of our procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, often without requiring an abdominal incision.
Our highly specialized urologists participate in vital new research and up-and-coming treatments
The Hurley Urology group is committed to improving patient outcomes through research and shared best practices. For example, we are affiliated with the Southwestern Oncology Group, one of the largest clinical trials cooperative groups in the United States, whose member physicians and institutions conduct research focused on the prevention and treatment of cancer, and to the improvement of quality of life for cancer patients and their families. We are also involved in research designed to improve standards of care and that provides patients with access to emerging treatments.
We regularly treat the following conditions, among others:
Urinary incontinence may result from a number of causes. We treat both women and men. Because women are more likely to develop urinary incontinence, we often work closely with physicians in Hurley’s Gynecology Department to evaluate a patient’s specific symptoms and to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Most treatment options involve minimally invasive techniques, many of which do not require an inpatient stay, and include medication, slings or other procedures.
Although generally less serious than other urinary conditions, millions of Americans know the discomfort of kidney stones firsthand. Kidney stones are small crystals or solids formed in the kidneys as a part of its normal duties; however, if they become large enough or are positioned in such a way that they block the free flow of urine, severe pain can be the result. Kidney stones are typically diagnosed using x-rays, CT scans and other imaging methods. Once diagnosed, they may be treated through a variety of methods, including increasing the amount of water the patient drinks (in order to help the stone pass more freely), shock-wave therapy (which breaks up the stone into smaller particles through sound waves), and minimally invasive surgery. More severe cases may require surgery. We work closely with Hurley’s nephrologists to identify the specific causes of persistent kidney stones in patient with repeated episodes, and develop appropriate prevention and treatment regimens in order to minimize occurrences of this painful condition.
There are many different forms of male impotency, and an equally varied range of causes for the inability to maintain or sustain an erection. We conduct thorough examinations, including sleep studies, to determine the specific reasons for a patient’s condition, and recommend therapies that target the underlying source of the problem. Typical treatments for impotency include medications, injections and penile implants (which can often be performed as an outpatient procedure).
Cancer remains one of the most serious medical conditions and is a leading cause of death among adults. We work closely with Hurley’s oncologists in treating cancers that affect the genito-urinary system, including cancers of the kidney, prostate and bladder. Treatment options for kidney cancer may include total or partial nephrectomy, the latter of which preserves part of the functioning kidney. Prostate cancer treatment offers several options, depending on the individual and the nature of the disease, including hormonal therapy or chemotherapy; radiation therapy, including external beam procedures or radioactive seed implants; and nerve-sparing prostatectomy, which can significantly reduce the negative effects of more traditional prostate removal surgery. Patients with bladder cancer can benefit from a range of emerging chemotherapies and, if necessary, full or partial removal of the affected organ.
While our approach to a specific disease may vary, our commitment to our patients is unwavering. Our primary goal is to give patients every opportunity for healing and recovery, and to improve their overall quality of life.