If you have or suspect you may have a urological condition, BMI The Blackheath Hospital’s specialist team is here to help you.
Urology is the area of medicine that looks after the urinary tract system, which comprises your bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra. It also looks after the prostate, which is found only in men.
Our experienced consultant urologists work with a multidisciplinary team to offer comprehensive treatment for a wide range of conditions. If you have symptoms, we can help to diagnose your problem and create a bespoke care plan to treat or manage the issue.
Is urology the right department for me?
You should visit a urologist if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in your urine
- The urge to urinate frequently
- Leaking urine
- Pain in your back or sides
- Pain, stinging or burning during urination
- A testicular mass
- Difficulty urinating
What treatments do you offer?
Our urology team is trained to deal with a wide variety of conditions. Some of the most common treatments we offer are:
- Vasectomy reversal
A vasectomy is meant to be a permanent method of male contraception. However, some men decide to reverse the procedure.
The surgery rejoins the tubes with an aim to allow sperm to mix with your semen, making you fertile again.
Vasectomy reversal success is not guaranteed. Your consultant surgeon will be able to tell you their personal success rate, as these vary by surgeon.
- Urinary incontinence treatment
Urinary incontinence is very common, especially among women. Speak to a urologist if you have any of the below symptoms:
- Loss of urine when coughing, sneezing or changing position
- A sudden strong need to empty your bladder
- Urine leaks if you can’t get to the toilet in time
- Urine leaks during sex
- Needing to empty your bladder more than six or seven times a day or once or twice at night
Our consultant urologists will help you to identify the causes of your incontinence and work with you to solve the problem.
We offer a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments and can also advise you on exercises and lifestyle changes that could help you take control of your bladder.
- Adult circumcision
Adult circumcision surgery involves removal of the foreskin. Although it is a relatively low risk operation, alternatives are generally preferred and it will not be suggested unless necessary.
Circumcision is recommended for a number of common medical complaints including frequent infections and pain during sex.
- Prostate cancer care
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the UK. It tends to affect men over 50, though younger men can get prostate cancer too.
Prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. It is frequently detected via blood tests and rectal examinations you have during your routine screening.
It is important to consult your doctor if you have pain or discomfort when you urinate, difficulty emptying your bladder, or notice blood in your urine.
There are various treatments available for prostate cancer. Your BMI Healthcare consultant urologist and prostate cancer care nurse will talk these options through with you.
- Trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
As we get older, it's normal for our prostate to get bigger. However, sometimes this growth can mean it tightens around the urethra interrupting the flow of urine.
A trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is an operation to reduce the pressure on your urethra. It will normally be recommended if medication has not improved your symptoms.
- Cystoscopy (flexible and rigid)
A flexible cystoscopy is a procedure to check for any problems in your bladder. A flexible fibreoptic telescope is passed into your bladder via your urethra.
The procedure should only take five minutes. Afterwards your consultant will tell you if you need further tests or treatment.
A rigid cystoscopy uses a rigid fibreoptic telescope. This can be used to treat certain problems at the same as examining the bladder. However, this procedure requires general or spinal anaesthetic (while flexible just requires local anaesthetic).
Your consultant will advise you on the best option for you.
Other urology treatments and procedures we offer at BMI The Blackheath Hospital include: