Understanding urology

Urology is the study of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Urologists treat diseases of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. They also treat conditions that affect the prostate, testes, scrotum, and penis. Urology is a wide area of study, and many urologists specialize in treating specific conditions, like cancer, or specific organs, like the kidneys.

Surgery is an important treatment for many urological conditions. Talk to your doctor about minimally invasive options.

Phelps urologists offer state-of-the-art robotic surgery

The da Vinci robot’s instruments are smaller and much more flexible than human hands to help make surgery more precise than ever before.

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Our urologists provide care using advanced treatments. Along with the use of the latest non-surgical treatment methods, our skilled urologists perform minimally-invasive surgeries using the da Vinci surgical robot. Robotic surgery, also called robot-assisted surgery, can mean less blood loss, less pain, and shorter hospital stays for patients than open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.

Doctors at Phelps Hospital have the experience you need

The urologists at Phelps are experienced in treating a wide array of conditions. Even if your problem doesn’t require robotic surgery, you can be sure that our doctors are skilled in helping to address your individual needs.

Our urologists specialize in treating a variety of conditions, including:

  • Kidney diseases needing surgery
  • Prostate problems
  • Urological cancer care, including prostate cancer
  • Kidney stone management
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Impotence
A doctor counsels his older male patient about treatment options for kidney stones

Our doctors use state-of-the-art kidney stone management techniques, including holium laser lithotripsy, a treatment that doesn’t require surgery.

Don’t ignore enlarged prostate symptoms

Enlarged prostate, also called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition. The prostate may get larger as you age, and BPH is found in about half of men ages 51 to 60.

BPH can lead to the need to urinate more frequently, as often as every couple of hours. It can also cause other problems with urination. Sometimes, it can make you unable to urinate at all, a problem that requires emergency treatment. BPH may cause:

BPH is not cancer, but it should not be ignored. If left untreated, enlarged prostate can cause serious problems, like blood in the urine or even kidney damage.

Laser treatment for enlarged prostate is available at Phelps

At Phelps, the Greenlight XPS can be used to treat BPH. Greenlight is a laser procedure that reduces BPH symptoms. In a study, Greenlight patients saw faster recovery times and fewer complications than patients who had traditional prostate surgery for BPH.

Laser treatment for BPH means little bleeding, so even men taking blood thinners may be able to use it. After treatment, you may be able to stop taking BPH medicines, although you and your doctor may decide that medicines may keep your symptoms from coming back or getting worse.

Dr. Arno Housman and Dr. Jack Hershman use the Greenlight XPS system to treat BPH.