Urology: Services Offered
Genitourinary Cancers (Cancers of the Urinary Tract)
We strive to balance the desire to maintain normal urinary and sexual function with the need to remove cancerous tissue. Our team of specialists includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and specialized nurses. Clinical trials are available for interested patients.
The world-renowned prostate cancer team at the University of Chicago Medicine is highly skilled in the most up-to-date, technologically advanced methods for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. We feature one of most experienced robotic surgery teams in the nation, having performed robotic prostatectomies since the early 2000s. We're among the few medical centers in the United States to offer MRI-guided focal laser ablation for prostate cancer, a new, advanced option for men with early stage disease.
We are experts in nerve-sparing surgical techniques that enable men to regain erectile function after surgery for prostate cancer.
Prostate Imaging and Targeted Biopsies
We work in collaboration with our radiology department to perform high-resolution, multi-parametric MR prostate examinations using the most advanced MR protocols and scanners. The exams are interpreted using state-of-the-art, prostate-specific MRI workstations and software.
Working with our imaging experts at the University of Chicago Medicine, we also perform MRI guided prostate biopsies to provide localized sampling of suspicious tissue for improved diagnostic accuracy of suspected prostate cancer.
We offer innovative reconstructive surgery to restore normal urinary function after surgical removal of a cancerous bladder. University of Chicago surgeons can create a "neobladder" from intestine. Our urologists have been leaders in fine-tuning this reconstructive approach as an alternative to the external ostomy bag.
Pelvic Floor Defects & Urogynecology
Together with other University of Chicago experts in the Center for Pelvic Health, our surgeons are skilled at many different techniques in reconstructive surgery for defects of the female pelvic floor and urinary disorders. Because they have a wide range of solutions to choose from, our physicians can use the method that is most appropriate for the individual patient.
Urogynecology includes surgical and nonsurgical treatments for urinary incontinence, pelvic floor relaxation, pelvic prolapse, voiding dysfunctions, pelvic pain, and other urinary disorders that affect women. Our comprehensive program includes urodynamic and videourodynamic studies--a sophisticated way to evaluate bladder function. Based on these tests, we carefully tailor treatment for urinary problems to each patient's needs.
The University of Chicago Medicine offers reconstructive surgery for the upper and lower urinary tract.
We are experts in multidisciplinary treatment of kidney stones, with a focus on minimally invasive destruction of current stones and prevention of future stone formation.
Our surgeons are leaders in interventions for urinary incontinence in both women and men, including surgical and non-surgical approaches. Depending on the cause and type of incontinence, treatment may include:
- Artificial urinary sphincters for men after cancer surgery
- Collagen injections
- Pubovaginal sling surgery for women
- Surgical repair for urethral stricture disease
- Urethral reconstructions
Our pediatric urology service offers the latest techniques for diagnosis and treatment of childhood urological disorders. Whenever possible, procedures are done with minimally invasive techniques, including state-of-the-art robot-assisted urological surgery. »Learn more about pediatric urology services at Comer Children's Hospital