Urologic Care You and Your Child Can Trust

At Riley Hospital for Children Urology at Indiana University Health, the first meeting with your child’s pediatric urologist or nurse practitioners focuses on getting to know you and your child. We want to know the whole story so we can provide the uniquely tailored care your child deserves.

Pediatric urologists are medical and surgical specialists of the pediatric urinary tract (kidneys, ureter, bladder) and genitalia. The management of children with problems in these areas requires both compassion and the technical skills of a micro-surgeon.

To ensure that your child’s treatment addresses all his or her needs, we work with other teams outside our department when necessary. Your child receives comprehensive care that ensures more complete treatment and a better recovery. Our pediatric urologists and our pediatric urology nurse practitioners work closely together and with other pediatric specialists to make sure your child receives the best care

Pediatric urologic conditions come in many forms. Some have serious implications for your child’s health and emotional well-being as they grow older. We work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for you and your child, so you have peace of mind knowing your child is in the best hands.

Recognition

Recognized for Excellence

We are the only pediatric urology program in Indiana, and we take our responsibility for the care children seriously. Our specialists (both surgeons and nurse practitioners) are exceptionally well trained and highly experienced in diagnosis and treatment of the most common pediatric and adolescent urologic problems to the most complex genitourinary abnormalities. Our pediatric urologists have years of additional training in the care and surgical correction of children with problems associated with the urinary tract and/or genitalia. U.S.News & World Report ranks us among the best in the nation. We’re consistently ranked in the top 5 pediatric urology programs in the nation, and we score at the top in more than a dozen key aspects of the U.S.News & World Report study, including clinical care and reputation among specialists.

Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, members of our team have received international recognition for contributions to the field of pediatric urology. Through our many clinical trials, Riley Urology at IU Health provides opportunities for children to receive the latest treatments for a variety of conditions. We have published more than 200 articles and chapters in textbooks. Members of our team lecture extensively on urology-related topics and instruct the next generation of pediatric urologists at the IU School of Medicine.

What Do Pediatric Urologists Treat?

Pediatric urologists specialize in conditions affecting the urinary tract (including the kidneys and bladder), and parts of the genitals related to the urinary tract.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Hypospadias (urethra opens on penis along the bottom of the shaft instead of at the end)
  • Undescended testes (boy’s testicles not in the scrotum), Hydroceles, and Inguinal Hernias
  • Hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidney)
  • Vesicoureteral reflux (when urine backs up into the kidneys)
  • Kidney stones
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction (blockage of a tube leading from a kidney to the bladder)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Neurogenic bladder

Team members at Riley Urology at IU Health successfully treat many children with these conditions every year. Your child will receive expert treatment with careful attention to his or her needs and the needs of your family.

We also treat less common urologic conditions, such as:

  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Cloaca (urinary, vaginal and anal openings combined into one opening)
  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Disorders of sexual differentiation (genitals that are not clearly male or female)
  • Disorders of vaginal development

Some of these conditions can require multiple, extensive surgeries to reconstruct the urinary and genital tracts so that children can live normal or near-normal lives. Our pediatric urologists will be with you and your child every step of the way.

Members of our team are on the forefront of pediatric urology, performing expert procedures using new surgical techniques and technologies. The pediatric urology group at Riley is world renowned for reconstruction of the bladder using pieces of intestine to make bladders bigger and to construct continent urinary channels. We have also pioneered and developed new surgical techniques for treatment of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Other innovations we have made include:

  • New methods for managing spina bifida (an opening in the spine that exposes the spinal cord causing bladder and bowel dysfunction)
  • Sacral neuromodulation (implantation of an electrical stimulator that helps correct such conditions as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and overactive bladder)
  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgery (use of very small tools to perform surgery without a large incision)