Urology Services & Treatments
The health of the organs in your urinary system is very important. Without your kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, which filter and remove waste from your body, your other essential organs would be damaged and begin to fail. In addition, your reproductive organs must stay healthy in order to have children. That’s why the experts at Bronson are so dedicated to providing thoughtful and effective services to everyone living in southwest Michigan. The success stories our patients share make our urology team proud that their efforts are delivering excellent results.
Advanced surgical expertise
Whether you have reached a point where nonsurgical techniques are not helping, have been diagnosed with a serious urinary system condition that requires surgery or need to aggressively fight cancer, you’ll want to choose a surgeon who meets the highest standards for excellence. That’s why the urology surgeons at Bronson are board certified. It means that you’ll be working with a doctor who has met rigorous national standards for education, knowledge, skills and experience in their medical specialty. In order to help you regain the best health possible, your Bronson urologist may recommend one of the following options:
- Artificial penile implant – a device placed inside the penis to allow men with erectile dysfunction to get an erection.
- Artificial urinary sphincter insertion – a procedure that places an artificial valve in the urinary tract or the anal canal. This helps you have control over your urine and bowel movements.
- Botox injection of bladder – a medicine that is injected into the bladder to help treat frequent urination or leakage.
- Cystectomy – a common treatment for cancer that may involve removal of an abnormal cyst, the gallbladder, or all or part of the urinary bladder.
- Cystoscopy with holmium YAG laser of bladder stone – a procedure using a laser to treat a stone located in the bladder.
- Cystoscopy transurethral resection (TUR) of bladder tumor – a procedure to both diagnose and treat bladder cancer. A viewing tool called a cytoscope is passed through the bladder through the urethra.
- Cystoscopy TUR of prostate – a procedure used to treat urinary problems that are caused by having an enlarged prostate.
- Cystoscopy with vaginal trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions. The cytoscope, or viewing tool, is used to give a clear image of the bladder. The medicine is then injected into the appropriate area of the pelvic floor.
- Macroplastique injection – a soft tissue medicine that can be injected into the pelvic floor used to treat pelvic floor problems.
- Nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy – a procedure used to remove all or part of a damaged or cancerous kidney.
- Nephroureterectomy – a procedure used to remove the renal pelvis, kidney, ureter and bladder cuff.
- Partial nephrectomy – a procedure where a tumor is cut out of the kidney.
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy – a procedure to remove stones in the kidney.
- Prostatectomy – a procedure used to remove all or part of the gland (prostate) that surrounds the duct (urethra) that moves urine out of the body from the bladder. A prostatectomy may be used to treat cancer, an enlarged prostate or severe urinary symptoms.
- Pyeloplasty – a procedure to clear blockage in the basin/funnel-like part of the kidney (renal pelvis) that transitions urine from the kidney to the tube (ureter) that connects the kidney and bladder.
- Sacrocolpopexy – a procedure to help restore the vagina to its normal position and function after a woman has had her uterus removed.
- Suburethral male sling – a procedure using a sling, or an implant, that supports the urethra to restore control in the bladder.
- Ureteroscopy – a procedure that uses a ureteroscope, a viewing tool, to examine the urinary tract.
Fertility and reproductive health options for men and women
Your family doctor or specialist may refer you to a urologist if you and your partner are planning to become pregnant or want to prevent future pregnancies. Depending upon your goals or symptoms, your urology specialist may recommend:
- Treatments for impotence / erectile dysfunction – when a male is unable to maintain a firm enough erection for intercourse, several treatment options may help including medication or surgery. Recommended treatments may also include therapy for anxiety or depression.
- Sacrocolpopexy – a procedure to reposition the top of a woman’s vagina (vaginal vault) when it has slipped forward or down (prolapse). The procedure allows for the normal sexual and childbearing function of the vagina. A sacrocolpopexy is sometimes required for women who have had their uterus and or cervix removed (hysterectomy).
- Vasectomy and reversal – a procedure used to prevent pregnancy by cutting the small tubes (vas deferens) to prevent sperm from being mixed with seminal fluid when a man ejaculates. The reversal of this procedure is done to restore fertility after a vasectomy.