If your child has an illness or disease of the genitals or urinary tract (kidney, ureters, bladder), a pediatric urologist has the experience and qualification to treat your child.
What kind of training do pediatric urologists have?
Pediatric urologists are medical doctors who have had:
At least four years of medical school
One year of surgical internship
At least three additional years of residency training in general urology
At least one additional year of fellowship training in pediatric urology
A pediatric urologist must devote a minimum of 50% of his or her practice to the urologic problems of infants, children and adolescents.
What types of treatments do pediatric urologists provide?
Pediatric urologists are surgeons who can diagnose, treat and manage children's urinary and genital problems. Pediatric urologists generally provide the following services.
Diagnosis and management (medical and surgical) of:
Voiding disorders or lack of urinary control
Urinary tract infections and vesicoureteral reflux
Prenatally discovered dilation of the urinary tract
Stones in the urinary tract
Injuries to the urinary tract
Surgical reconstruction of the entire urinary tract (kidneys, ureters and bladder), urinary tract obstructions, genital abnormalities, hypospadias and intersex conditions
Surgery for groin and testis conditions in childhood and adolescence (undescended testes, hydrocele/hernia, varicocele, testis torsion)
Where can I find a pediatric urologist?
Today, pediatric urologists can be found in major medical centers in almost every state and in virtually all of the major cities in the United States.
Pediatric urologists — the best care for children
Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They 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. Most pediatric urologists' offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric urologist, you can be assured that he or she has had the most extensive and comprehensive training, as well as the greatest expertise in dealing with children and treating children's urinary tract disorders.