What is Urology?
What is Urology?
Urology is a surgical specialty which deals with diseases of the urinary and genital tracts in adults and children of both sexes. This includes conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder, prostate gland in men, and the genitals (penis, scrotum and testicles) including infertility and problems with erections. Although urologists are surgeons who specialise in treating urological conditions, many of these conditions can be treated without the need to undergo an operation. If surgery is necessary, it can often be performed endoscopically (key hole surgery) with only a short stay in hospital.
What conditions do we see?
- Kidney conditions including stones, infections, blockages causing pain, tumours (benign and cancer).
- Bladder conditions including cystitis, urine infections, incontinence of urine, bladder stones, bladder pain blood in the urine, and bladder cancer.
- Prostate problems in men including trouble passing urine, benign prostate enlargement, prostatitis, blood in the semen, abnormal PSA blood test results, and prostate cancer.
- Male infertility and problems with erections and ejaculation.
- Vasectomy for family planning.
- Male urogenital conditions including problems with the penis, testicles, and scrotum.
- Children’s urological problems including tight or inflamed foreskin of the penis, undescended or missing testicles, hydroceles (fluid around the testicle) and groin hernia.
Where is this service provided?
Isle of Man Urology is based at Noble’s hospital on the Isle of Man, with outpatient clinics and inpatient beds in the Noble’s hospital Private Patient Unit. All outpatient facilities such as radiology (X-ray) and blood clinics are provided at Noble’s hospital and there are dedicated private patient theatre lists available in the Noble’s hospital operating theatres.