Department of Pediatric Urology
Overview Part of Stony Brook's Department of Urology—one of the top ranked urology programs in the country as chosen by U.S.News & World Report—the Department of Pediatric Urology at Stony Brook Children's provides highly specialized care for children with acquired and congenital urologic conditions. As a regional leader, Stony Brook is the only hospital in Suffolk County to offer hypospadias repair surgery and minimally invasive robotic surgery for obstructive uropathy and other conditions. It also provides treatment and management for more common urologic conditions including enuresis (bedwetting), voiding dysfunction, and cryptorchidism.
Stony Brook Urology
Our Team The Pediatric Urology team is led by the only board-certified pediatric urology subspecialist in Suffolk County, Robert Wasnick, MD, Chief of Pediatric Urology. He has been named a Best Doctor in New York by Castle Connolly for many years.
Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field, Dr. Wasnick works closely with other departments at Stony Brook Children's including Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Radiology, and the Pediatric Emergency Department.
Services The comprehensive care offered by Stony Brook's Department of Pediatric Urology includes state-of-the-art diagnostics, leading-edge surgery, and innovative treatment and management of both common and complex urologic conditions in infants, children, and teens.
Diagnostics Stony Brook features some of the most state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies on Long Island, all of which are performed by skilled doctors and technologists who take a distinctly child-friendly approach. Pediatric urology patients have access to many of these sophisticated tests, including nuclear scans, catheterizations, MRIs, and CT scans. More commonly, the department performs:
Surgery Whenever possible, Stony Brook Children's uses the most minimally invasive surgical techniques available, which help to promote faster recovery, shorter length of stay, and less trauma to the affected area. Some of the urologic surgical procedures available at Stony Brook include:
Treatment and Management of Pediatric Urologic Conditions
One of the most common reasons that a child sees a pediatric urology specialist is for enuresis or voiding dysfunction, including bedwetting, daytime urinary incontinence, and frequentative voiding.
Treatment typically involves in-office ultrasound to verify that the bladder empties adequately and a urodynamic evaluation to measure bladder function. In most cases there is no inherent physical problem, so treatment will involve bladder training and behavioral changes that may include biofeedback, limiting fluids before bedtime, practicing timely voiding, and other measures. In some cases, the behavioral training will be accompanied by medication.
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Research and Education As part of Suffolk County's only academic medical center, Stony Brook Children's is committed to training the next generation of physicians. Each year, a group of residents rotate through the Department of Pediatric Urology, not only gaining valuable experience in state-of-the-art medicine, but also continually infusing the program with the latest ideas and approaches.
The Department is also committed to advancing the field of pediatric urology by participating in bench and clinical research. Currently the department is involved in a study monitoring the effects of general anesthesia in infants by measuring penile tumescence in boys.
Advances and Recognitions The Department of Pediatric Urology is fully accredited. Its chief, Dr. Robert Wasnick, is the only physician in Suffolk County to be board-certified in Pediatric Urology. He has also been named a Best Doctor in New York by Castle Connolly.