Conditions and Treatments

We offer care for many kinds of urologic conditions, including:

Innovative Surgeries

Our surgical expertise includes robotically assisted prostatectomy (prostate surgery), an advanced way to treat prostate cancer. Vanderbilt surgeons make up one of the world's most experienced robotically assisted prostatectomy programs.

We also perform many minimially invasive procedures, including endourology (the use of lighted tubes to allow the doctor to see the urinary tract); and laparoscopic (small-incision); robotic; and image-guided surgeries to treat the genitourinary tract.

The Incontinence and Voiding Dysfunction Center

Specialists at this center diagnose and treat voiding disorders (problems with emptying the bladder or urethra), including urinary incontinence. The Center offers state-of-the-art technology, including an advanced computerized urodynamics laboratory; biofeedback; injection therapy; nerve stimulator implants; and innovative drug combinations.

Surgical treatments are offered for reconstruction that treats lower urinary tract problems, such as genitourinary fistulae; urethral diverticula; and complex pelvic prolapse. Many types of procedures can help stress urinary incontinence (when a physical pressure such as a sneeze causes urine to leak out). Examples of these surgical treatments include sling procedures and laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeries.

The urodynamics clinic evalutes and treats neurogenic bladder disease, problems caused by improper function of the nerves that control storage and emptying of urine from the bladder. These conditions include overactive bladder, incontinence and obstructive bladder. The clinic also cares for men who have an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) using innovative approaches including laser surgery, microwave thermosurgery and new drugs.