Urologic Surgery

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Surgery for children is different from surgery for adults, especially urologic surgery which involves a child’s reproductive system and urinary tract. That’s why our surgical teams include highly trained pediatric specialists who are sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of children. We use the latest minimally invasive treatments and techniques that help kids heal faster and get back to their lives sooner.

 
Read More About Pediatric Urologic Surgery

Nemours pediatric urologists are board-certified specialists who perform a variety of state-of-the-art surgical interventions for urologic conditions such as pyeloplasty in infants.

Our surgeons perform a wide range of procedures, including:
  • pediatric pyeloplasty (correction of kidney obstruction in children)
  • hydrocele surgery and hernia repair
  • hypospadias repair
  • varicocele correction
  • orchiectomy (removal of testis) and orchidopexy (fastening of an undescended testis inside the scrotum)
  • partial and total nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • bladder augmentation (increasing the size of the bladder)
  • extrophy repair (closure of the bladder)
  • genital reconstructive surgery
  • circumcision
  • correction of disorders of sexual differentiation (ambiguous genitalia)
Minimally Invasive Surgical Expertise

Nemours urologic surgeons perform a number of minimally invasive procedures, which use smaller incisions or a child’s natural openings – resulting in less scarring, a faster healing time, fewer infections, and
less pain.

Depending on the specific procedure and the location where your child receives care, minimally invasive procedures available may include laparoscopic techniques (the use of a scope and sometimes other instruments to diagnose, inspect, and/or treat a problem) and robotic-
assisted laparoscopic surgery (in which surgeons use a robot to assist
in performing very precise movements through small openings or ports in
the body).

Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Phone: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Surgical Support Services & Information

Pediatric urologists at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, have been named among the "Best Doctors in America®" and our reputation for excellence draws patient-families from Tallahassee, Daytona, and South Georgia, who are seeking exceptional care for their child’s urological condition.

In fact, we are a regional leader in minimally invasive urologic procedures and routinely utilize robotic assisted laparoscopic (use of scope and other instruments to inspect outside aspects of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder) surgery.

Pioneering Pediatric Robotic Urologic Surgery

When surgery is needed for your child, we realize that you want all the information possible in order to make the best decision, so we take the time to explain each option, always looking for the least invasive method for faster healing and return to normal activities.

Our Nemours urologists are helping to advance robotic surgery for children, who are often under 2 years of age. Our surgeons regularly perform robotic surgery at Wolfson Children’s Hospital using the da Vinci® robotic system that provides 3D imagery and views at 15-times magnification.

Benefits of robotic surgery include:
  • smaller incisions
  • smaller scars
  • faster healing time
  • less pain

Watch a video about robotic surgery featuring Nemours pediatric urologist, Dr. Michael Erhard.

Types of Procedures Performed by our Pediatric Urologists

Nemours pediatric urologists perform a variety of state-of-the-art surgical interventions for urologic conditions such as pyeloplasty in infants (correction of kidney obstruction in children).

Other procedures include:
  • hydrocele surgery and hernia repair
  • hypospadias repair
  • varicocele correction
  • orchiectomy (removal of testis)
  • orchidopexy (fastening of an undescended testis inside the scrotum)
  • partial and total nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • bladder augmentation (increasing the size of the bladder)
  • extrophy repair (closure of the bladder)
  • genitor-urinary reconstructive surgery
  • circumcision
  • correction of disorders of sexual differentiation (ambiguous genitalia)

About Anesthesia

Parents often have questions about the anesthesia used for surgery. Rest assured that during any urologic procedure that requires anesthesia, our board-certified Nemours pediatric anesthesiologists are right there to make decisions on the best types of medicine to keep your child comfortable.