The comprehensive care offered by Stony Brook's Department of Pediatric Urology includes state-of-the-art diagnostics, advanced surgical instrumentation, and innovative treatment and management of both common and complex urologic conditions for infants, children and teens.
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, MRIs and CT scans. More commonly, the department performs:
- In-office ultrasounds. A safe procedure, which entails no exposure to radiation, used to identify acquired and congenital urologic disorders.
- Video-Urodynamics. A laboratory test to measure bladder function in children with urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction.
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:
- Hypospadias repair. A reconstructive outpatient surgery typically performed on infants at six months to one year to correct a congenital abnormality of the penile opening. Stony Brook Children's is the only hospital in Suffolk County to perform this highly specialized procedure, with volumes as high as 40 to 50 a year.
- Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. This state-of-the-art surgical technology allows us to perform surgeries in a minimally invasive manner, that up until recently, could only be done reliably through larger ‘open’ incisions. Most commonly we use it to perform robotic pyeloplasty or other forms of kidney surgery.
- Specialized emergency procedures such as surgery for acute torsion of the spermatic cord (twisted testicles).
- Repair of hydroceles, a common condition in male infants in which a fluid filled sac surrounds the testicles causes scrotal swelling.
- Laparoscopic or open hernia repair.
- Newborn circumcision in the office.
- Circumcision or circumcision revision, for older boys and teenagers.
- Repair of antenatal congenital fetal abnormalities (obstructive uropathy), such as congenital uretero-pelvic junction obstruction, primary obstructive megaloureter, vesicoureteral reflux, and posterior urethral valves, duplicated systems and ureteroceles.
- Repair of complex genitourinary anomalies.
Our Pediatric Voiding Improvement Program (VIP) is Suffolk County’s
most comprehensive center devoted to children and teenagers with bladder control problems.
We evaluate and treat the full range of voiding dysfunction including bedwetting, urinary incontinence, prolonged urine holding, urinary frequency, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Treatment options include biofeedback with state-of-the-art Laborie Urostym® technology specifically designed for pediatric use. Our goal is to improve voiding dysfunction as noninvasively, age-appropriately and effectively as possible.