Urology

At Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, our urologists treat a wide variety of conditions including male incontinence, female urinary incontinence, kidney stones and bladder cancer. Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians Urology treats adults in the hospital as well as on an outpatient basis. We also treat children with minor urologic conditions. Children who have more major urologic problems are referred to the pediatric urologists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

All of our expert physicians are board certified in urology, and one is additionally fellowship-trained in urologic oncology. Patients may make their own appointments directly with IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Urology; referrals are only necessary if they are required by your insurance company.

We work closely with your primary care physician, as well as other specialists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your individual needs. Throughout your care, your physician takes the time to answer your questions and explain tests and treatment options so you can make informed decisions about your health.

At Indiana University Health, you have access to the latest medical and surgical treatments for urological problems. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, our physicians remain on the forefront of medicine by participating in urology research studies and provide you access to leading edge surgeries and clinical trials. Our physicians are committed to providing advanced, high-quality care through every stage of your treatment. We work closely with you to determine the treatments that meet your individual needs.

Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

We offer robot-assisted surgery for a variety of conditions, including prostate cancer. During this procedure, called a prostatectomy, your surgeon will operate to remove all or part of the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it to eliminate the cancer. We use the da Vinci® Surgical System at IU Health Bloomington Hospital for minimally invasive surgeries and faster recovery times. IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians features the only urologists in the Bloomington, Indiana-area to offer robotic surgeries.

Laparoscopic Surgery

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Urology offers laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, for many conditions such as kidney cancer and bladder cancer. This surgical technique involves an operation performed through small incisions away from the location of the affected area of the body. The procedure uses a laparoscope, or long fiber optic cable system, to allow viewing of the affected area by snaking the cable from a distant, but more easily accessible location. IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians features the only urologists in the Bloomington, Indiana-area to offer laparoscopic surgeries.

Neuromodulation

Some individuals with urinary incontinence (or loss of bladder control) may not respond to behavioral treatments or medicines. For these patients, neuromodulation therapy—which stimulates the nerves to the bladder leaving the spine—can be effective in treating this condition. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device called InterStim for this purpose. Your urologist can test to determine if this device would be helpful to you.