If you have a urological condition or are worried you may have one, BMI The Chaucer Hospital’s specialist team is here to help you.
Urology covers the management of diseases relating to the bladder, kidneys and prostate. It also covers the study and treatment of disorders relating to cancer and its management, reconstruction of the genito-urinary tract, incontinence and impotence.
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
If you’re a man looking for an overall assessment of your health or have symptoms you would like investigated, our Men’s Health Hub could give you the help you need.
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:
- Intermittent self catheterisation (ISC)
A specialist nurse works alongside our Consultant Urologists and can provide training on Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC) to help you feel confident in performing this yourself.
- Kidney and bladder stone clinic
If you have kidney or bladder stones, our consultant urologists will advise the best course of treatment for you.
This may include medication and/or surgery. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended to prevent reoccurring problems.
- 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. It’s usually carried out in our theatre department without the need for an overnight stay.
- Diagnostic cystoscopy
A cystoscopy allows your consultant urologist to investigate your bladder. A narrow tube camera (cystoscope) is inserted into the urethra, enabling the consultant to view inside the urethra and bladder. This can be carried out in our outpatient department.
- 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.
At BMI The Chaucer Hospital we offer a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments and can also advise you on lifestyle changes that could help you take control of your bladder.
Our physiotherapy team can suggest exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor as part of a holistic approach to managing incontinence.
- 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.
A vasectomy is a permanent method of contraception that results in male sterilisation. It is typically carried out under local anaesthetic.
Vasectomy reversal is often possible but can be a more complicated procedure requiring a general anaesthetic.
- Impotence treatment
Our consultants can help to diagnose and treat impotency. Often impotence is a psychological condition and, once physical causes have been ruled out, patients may be referred for psychosexual counselling.
- Testicular/ scrotal swelling
Scrotal swelling may be caused by fluid collecting around the testicle (hydrocele), varicose veins (varicocele), infection or tumour. Your consultant will recommend the best treatment depending on your diagnosis. Benign conditions may just require aspiration or medication.
- Urological cancer treatment
Our consultant urologists have experience with malignant conditions relating to the bladder, testes, kidney and prostate. You can find out more about BMI The Chaucer Hospital’s cancer services here.
Other urology treatments and procedures we offer at BMI The Chaucer Hospital include: