As a service to referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC presents the following series of informational articles. These articles discuss the specific Urologic treatments and procedures provided at our Clinics. While presented for the physician’s reference, the articles are written in a conversational tone suitable for sharing with patients and their families.
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An artificial urinary sphincter is a manmade device that mimics the body’s natural functions, providing reliable storage and unobstructed release of urine.
In prostate brachytherapy, the Urologist inserts a radioactive “seed” into the patient’s body, on or near the cancerous site.
The term circumcision derives from the Latin phrase “to cut around.” It refers to the removal of some or the entire foreskin of the penis.
Cryoablation is the controlled freezing of the patient’s prostate gland to destroy cancerous cells.
A cystocele occurs when the fibrous wall that separates a woman’s vagina from her bladder suffers a tear, often during childbirth.
da Vinci robotic prostatectomy is a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure that removes the cancerous prostate gland and related structures.
Cystoscopy is a kind of endoscopy, meaning that the Urologist inserts a tiny camera or telescope into the body. In this case, the cystoscope is inserted through the urethra to examine the urinary bladder.
An enterocele is a vaginal hernia, when small intestines and peritoneum protrude into the patient’s vaginal canal. A rectocele, or posterior prolapse, occurs when the thin wall of fibrous tissue separating the rectum from the vagina weakens.
GreenLight is suitable for most patients with an enlarged prostate. With nearly 500,000 procedures performed worldwide, the GreenLight procedure is creating a new standard of care that offers freedom from enlarged prostate symptoms.
This treatment is often used in cases of overactive bladder. It uses a device to deliver a small electrical charge to the nerve that comes from your bladder. The electrical stimulation of this nerve often relieves the overactive bladder.
This is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure where supporting mesh is inserted behind the urethra to support and reposition it. The procedure often takes less than a half hour.
Using minimally invasive endoscopic or laparascopic surgery, the Urologist can look inside the kidney with a small scope and remove the kidney stones or break them up with a laser and remove the pieces.
Urethral bulking injections are a minimally invasive procedure, primarily for female patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
A penile prosthesis is a device that is implanted and concealed within the penis.
Cystectomy is a surgical procedure where all or part of the bladder is removed.
Radical nephrectomy is the surgical removal of an entire kidney, and often the surrounding fat, adrenal gland and lymph nodes. Typically performed as a treatment for cancer of the kidney.
This surgical procedure involves the removal of prostate gland through an incision in the patient’s abdomen.
Cryoablation and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Kidney Tumors are two different methods of destroying kidney tumors that do not require surgery.
In the past, a cancerous kidney often had to be removed completely. Today, it is possible to remove only the affected parts of the kidney, while sparing the still-functioning elements of the kidney.
Pyeloplasty is the surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis, which helps to drain and decompress an obstructed kidney.
A transrectal (typically enters through the rectum) ultrasound creates an image of organs in the patient’s pelvis.
Transurethral Resection is the most common and effective treatment for early-stage bladder cancer, and a valuable tool for examining later-stage cancers.
TURP involves an instrument being inserted through the urethra in order to remove a section of the prostate that is blocking the patient’s urine flow.
A urethral sling is a tape-like mesh strip inserted through a ½ inch vaginal incision under the urethra. This creates a supportive sling for the urethra and stops urine leakage.
Urodynamics is the study of the bladder and urethra, and they perform their jobs of storing and releasing urine.