The following pediatric conditions are managed at Rockford Urological Associates.
Circumcision and Revisions
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis and is common in newborn boys. Circumcision provides health benefits such as lower risk of urinary tract infections, a reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases, decreased risk of penile cancer, and easier hygiene.
Rockford Urological Associates also provides Circumcision revisions. Circumcision revisions are performed to remove excess skin, correct uneven skin, or treat adhesions after a circumcision.
Cryptorchidism, commonly known as undescended testicle, affects approximately 4 out of every 100 male babies. It is when one or both testicles have not made it down to the scrotum before birth. If a child’s testicles require repositioning, we can perform orchiopexy surgery to correct the problem.
Orchiopexy is an outpatient surgical procedure that corrects the position of undescended testicles and decreases the risk of developing fertility issues or testicular cancer later in life.
Hydrocele is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the area around the testicles. Most common in newborns, hydroceles are usually painless and can disappear on their own but in some cases, they can persist or grow larger, and surgery may be needed to treat the condition.
Meatal Stenosis is the narrowing of the opening or urethra on the tip of the penis and the condition can develop at any time during childhood, most found between ages three and seven. Not treating meatal stenosis can lead to urinary issues.
Our doctors can correct meatal stenosis by performing a meatotomy procedure, which entails making a small slit to increase the size of the opening at the tip of the penis.
Hematuria is when red blood cells are found in the urine. Filters in the kidney normally prevent blood from entering the urine. Hematuria is a sign that there could be an underlying condition causing the blood to leak into your child’s urine. Our urological professionals can identify the cause behind hematuria and develop a treatment plan to lower future health risks.
Voiding problems in children are a common concern for parents. These voiding problems include bedwetting, daytime urinary frequency, or leakage of urine. Depending on the type of voiding problem, the condition can be treated with diet, lifestyle changes, and “bladder training.”
Hydronephrosis is abnormal dilation of the drainage system for the kidneys. It may indicate blockage of flow or vesicoureteral reflux.
Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)
Vesicoureteral Reflux is the result of an abnormal formation of the normal valve between the ureter and bladder that normally ensures the urine only travels one way. The abnormal formation may cause the urine to move backward into one or both ureters and the kidney. VUR is most frequently diagnosed in infancy and can be observed, treated with medicine, or managed with surgery in some cases.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) in children may affect any part of the urinary system (kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra) that can cause fevers, pain or burning sensations, cramping, increase in urination, or leakage.