The Urology Program, a part of the Outpatient Surgical Specialty Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, provides surgical intervention for a variety of urethra, bladder and kidney disorders and injuries such as voiding dysfunction, hydronephrosis, urinary tract infection, vesicoureteral reflux, phimosis, balanitis, hypospadias, maldescended testis, hernia, hydroceles and stone disease.
Children ages birth through 21 years of age receive a comprehensive care plan that manages a child’s symptoms from diagnosis to treatment by a specialized urology care team. Some common tests performed include VCUG - voiding cysto urethrogram, ultrasound and DMSA scan. These tests can determine if your child has bladder, urethra or kidney problems.
VCUG - voiding cysto urethrogram
A bladder test where dye is put into the bladder via a catheter in the urethra. Pictures are taken in order to diagnose posterior urethral valves, urethral stricture, ureterocele, vesicoureteral reflux, bladder stones or bladder tumors.
A non-invasive, two dimensional picture of the urinary tract that gives doctors more information about the bladder and kidneys.
A DMSA scan is used to determine kidney function or damage. An injected chemical will light up areas of the kidneys while pictures are taken.
Some conditions may be controlled through medications. In more complex cases, urological surgical care is required. Circumcisions are often used to help treat certain urological disorders.
Many times urological surgical care is needed to stop or prevent problems with the bladder, kidneys or urethra. Miller Children’s urologists work closely with other pediatric sub-specialists at Miller Children’s for consult on their urological cases. Pediatric urological surgery is generally performed in the Surgical Center area at Miller Children’s.
Most patients will be asked to complete post-operative follow-up care at the Urology Center to ensure that there are no complications from the surgery and that the patient is recovering well. This typically happens in the two to three weeks following the surgery. Follow-up visits are generally continued until the child is ready to seek follow-up care at other outpatient centers that are specialized in the child’s specific condition or until care can be returned to the primary care physician.
Visit the Urology Outpatient Clinic.