Treatment for urinary symptoms may be non-surgical (conservative) or surgical.
Simple lifestyle changes like cutting down on caffeine and alcohol can often relieve some symptoms.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises and/or bladder training can help with some causes of incontinence.
Prescribed medication can be used to treat recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), stress incontinence, erectile dysfunction, or benign prostate enlargement (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia/BPH).
In terms of surgery, Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) can be carried out for many treatments. As only small incisions are made in the skin, it provides several benefits over traditional “open” surgery, including:
- Reduced pain and bleeding
- Less visible scarring
- A faster recovery
Kidney surgery may involve robotic, laparoscopic, retroperitoneal, transperitoneal, open, ureteroscopic, or percutaneous (PCNL) techniques (some of which will be arranged and carried out at another venue).
Stones in the kidney or renal tract can be treated in different ways including extra-corporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) or laser energy.
If cancer is discovered in the prostate, kidney, bladder, or testicles, treatment may be with surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy. If referral to Oncology is needed, this will be arranged for you without delay.
A transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT) establishes the type of bladder tumour present, while superficial tumours can often be scraped away (‘resected’).
For prostate cancer when the cancer has not yet spread outside the prostate, complete removal of the prostate and seminal vesicles (radical prostatectomy) will often be advised.
Testicular cancer will usually require surgical removal of the testicle (orchidectomy). An artificial prosthesis can be placed into the scrotum to give a more natural appearance.
An enlarged prostate is a common problem in men, particularly as they age. If the prostate enlarges enough to start pressing on the urethra, it can cause problems with urination. Surgery can be carried out to reduce its size. Trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) involves removing an amount of prostate tissue to relive the pressure on your urethra.
For men, surgery also includes circumcision, circumcision revision, vasectomy, and vasectomy reversal, and hydrocele repair.
[Please note that many of the treatments mentioned above can be provided on-site at BMI The Meriden Hospital, but others will be carried out at another venue. Your Consultant will arrange any treatment needed.]