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Urology

Urology is the practice of medicine that deals with the urinary tract and system. Problems may arise due to diseases or dysfunction of the urinary system. Urologists treat males and females but often specialize in the male reproductive system.

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Urology care in Richmond, Virginia

You deserve high-quality, respectful urological care.

The urological program at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, treats diseases and disorders of the male and female urinary tracts and the male reproductive system. Our team delivers sensitive and personalized care from your first appointment and beyond.

Urological conditions we treat

Our urologists diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Testicular cancer
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Prostate cancer
  • Urethral cancer
  • Urinary incontinence

Urology services we offer

Our urological diagnostics, treatments and services include the latest medical technologies and techniques delivered by our specialists with care and compassion.

Urological services and treatments

We offer comprehensive urological care, including:

  • Advanced diagnostics (image-guided biopsies and endoscopic procedures)
  • Biofeedback
  • Bladder injections
  • Cystoscopy
  • Medicine management
  • Neuromodulation
  • Prostate cancer screenings
  • Reconstructive urological surgery
  • Urogynecological procedures (to treat pelvic floor and urinary disorders in women)

To get more in-depth information about urological conditions and our care offerings, you can read our helpful urologic guide.


Kidney stone treatment

Treatment options depend on the size and location of your kidney stone(s) and the severity of your symptoms. Options include:

  • Cystoscopy — a surgery to remove small stones using a thin tube (cystoscope)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy — a noninvasive procedure using high-energy “shock” waves (pressure waves) to break the stone into tiny pieces that exit the body when you urinate
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy and nephrolithotripsy — minimally invasive procedures in which your urologist accesses your kidney through a tiny incision in your back and removes larger stones using small tubes and surgical tools
  • Ureteroscopy — a procedure in which a small scope is sent through the bladder, into the ureter, to remove stones or break them apart using a laser

Urinary incontinence treatments

Our urologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for stress, urge, overflow and total incontinence. We also consider your daily habits and existing medical conditions and tailor our treatments to your needs and preferences.

We provide many ways to treat urinary incontinence. Our nonsurgical urinary incontinence treatments and services include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Exercises
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Vaginal inserts

Our surgical urinary incontinence treatments and services include:

  • Artificial sphincter implants — consists of an implanted ring that inflates to close the urethra, acting as the muscle.
  • Bladder suspension surgery — supports a dropping bladder by moving it back into its proper position and sewing it in place.
  • Botulism toxin or collagen injections — help relax and expand the bladder to allow more urine
  • Nerve stimulators — devices implanted under the skin to deliver electrical impulses to the nerves involved in bladder control
  • Urethral dilation — expands a narrowed urethra, helping to improve urine flow
  • Urethral implants — placed during an outpatient procedure and will lift and hold enlarged prostate tissue, so it no longer blocks the urethra
  • Sling surgeries — may stop leakage by holding the urethra closed when your bladder is under pressure

Urological surgery

Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive surgery, such as robotic surgery, for urological conditions. Robotic surgery requires only a few small incisions, which typically enables a faster recovery.

Discover more about our surgical program by reading our guide to robotic surgery.

Some of the robotic procedures we perform include:

  • Cystectomy
  • Partial and total nephrectomy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Ureteral implantation

More about urological conditions

Knowing the signs and symptoms of urological disorders can help you know when it's time to get help from a doctor.

Kidney stones

Kidney stones may be tiny, but they can cause excruciating pain. They form when minerals in your body bind together and form a hard mass inside the kidney. Pain occurs when the mass gets stuck while traveling through your urinary tract.

Symptoms may include nausea, pain in the side, frequent urination and blood in the urine. However, seek immediate emergency care if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Consistent burning or blood when urinating
  • Consistent high fever (over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Unbearable pain
Types of urinary incontinence we treat

Our urologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for:

  • Stress incontinence — linked to weakened or damaged muscles that prevent urination
  • Urge incontinence — sudden, intense urge to urinate, followed by involuntary leakage
  • Overflow incontinence — also called chronic urinary retention, occurs when you are unable to fully empty your bladder
  • Total incontinence — occurs when your bladder can’t store any urine

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is highly treatable, and our urologists provide a wide range of treatments, even if you have an advanced diagnosis.

Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms of testicular cancer:

  • Back pain
  • Collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
  • Lumps in a testicle
  • Pain in the abdomen or groin
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle

The Healthy Living Blog

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Kidney stones: Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention 

October 20, 2021
One in ten people will develop Kidney Stones in their lives, will you be one of them?