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Programs & Services

Urology Department

Phoenix Children’s provides comprehensive evaluations, testing and treatment for all urological conditions. 

Multidisciplinary Clinics and Services

Our pediatric urologists team up with other specialty providers at the hospital to make sure your child receives the specialized care they need. These other providers may include nephrologists (kidney specialists), general surgeons, endocrinologists and neurosurgeons, depending on the situation. These providers communicate with each other about your child’s treatment plan and involve your family in care decisions.

Urology Specialty Clinics

  • Cloaca Clinic: Cloaca is a group of conditions that affect a child’s lower abdominal and genital structures. Children who go to this clinic may see a pediatric urologist, pediatric gynecologist and/or pediatric surgeon.
  • Enuresis Clinic: This clinic is designed for children who experience loss of bladder control during the day or at night.
  • Kidney Stone Clinic: Providers in this clinic may include pediatric urologists and nephrologists, who focus on kidney stone treatment and prevention.
  • Transition Clinic: Designed for teens who have a complex urological condition, this clinic helps build independence and transitions patients to an adult care provider by age 23.

Related Specialty Clinics 

  • Bowel Dysfunction Clinic: This clinic is for children who are experiencing issues with bowel control. Children may see members of the urology team as well as our colorectal team at this clinic.
  • Reproductive Anomalies & Differences of Sex Development Clinic: This clinic is located in the endocrinology department and provides comprehensive care for children with disorders of sex development.
  • Fetal Care Center: This clinic offers specialized care for a wide variety of conditions affecting unborn babies and newborns, including urological conditions. Our urologists and other specialists provide prenatal consultations with the family to establish a care plan prior to the baby’s birth.
  • Spina Bifida Clinic: Phoenix Children’s offers comprehensive care for children with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the baby’s spinal column doesn’t form correctly in the womb. This condition can affect bladder and bowel control. The clinic involves members of the urology, nephrology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and general surgery teams.

In-Office Procedures and Tests

The pediatric urology team provides many kinds of procedures and tests in the clinic setting.

Diagnostic Tests

  • Ultrasound: This imaging test can help urologists diagnose problems with the bladder, kidneys and scrotum. It is painless and noninvasive. 
  • Urodynamic testing: These tests measure how the bladder stores and empties urine. Pediatric urologists use these tests to diagnose many types of conditions, including neurogenic bladder and some types of urinary tract infections.
  • Uroflow testing: This test measures the flow of urine. It tracks how fast urine flows, how much flows out and how long it takes. 

Therapies

  • Biofeedback: This therapy teaches children to retrain their pelvic floor muscles to help the bladder store and empty urine. 
  • Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS): PTNS is a nonsurgical therapy that uses gentle electrical stimulation to treat conditions related to the bladder and pelvic floor.


 

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