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Urology

Your Health, Your Hospital

Focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the male and female urinary tract, urology is a branch of medicine that also addresses reproductive issues in males. At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we are proud to have some of the most experienced and dedicated urologists in the entire country, who will treat every patient with care and compassion.

The Future, Today

To be able to perform at their best capacity, a urologist needs to possess extensive knowledge of the urinary tract and the conditions and diseases that can affect it. Usually, medical professionals who aspire to become urologists are required to undergo a very rigorous surgical training period for a minimum duration of 5 years, out of which one year must be completed in general surgery and 3 years must be completed in clinical urology. The remaining 12 months are spent in general surgery, urology, or other clinical disciplines relevant to this branch of medicine. The urologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are highly trained and skilled, having the necessary expertise to diagnose and treat the entire range of urological conditions and diseases. According to the American Urological Association, there are 7 urological subspecialties, namely:

  • calculi
  • female urology
  • male infertility
  • neurourology
  • pediatric urology
  • renal transplantation
  • urologic oncology

The treatment options our urologists can recommend to a patient will mostly depend on the severity of their problem. For instance, hematuria, which is the presence of blood in urine, can be easily treated with antibiotics to cure a potential urinary infection. Nevertheless, cancers of the urinary tract, such as bladder cancer, usually require surgery, particularly if they are found in the early stages. This will prevent the malignant cells to spread to adjacent organs and tissues. Regardless of the severity of your urological problem, we strongly encourage you to come to our hospital for a correct and accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Wide-ranging Expertise

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospitals is one of the few medical centers in the country to benefit from the Da Vinci Si Surgical System, with the aid of which urologists can perform a wide range of surgeries. However, not everyone is a good candidate for robotic surgery, as sometimes, open surgery may be the most effective treatment approach. Only after a thorough evaluation will our urologists be able to tell you with certainty whether you can undergo robotic surgery. Nevertheless, when this is possible, it entails a series of considerable advantages, such as:

  • low rate of complications
  • precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • low blood loss
  • low conversion rate to open surgery
  • quick return of bowel function
  • better cosmetic result compared to open surgery
  • quick return to a normal diet
  • short hospital stay

With the help of the robotic arms of the surgical system, urologists are able to make extremely precise movements along your urinary tract, while they constantly see what is going on inside your body on a nearby monitor. Thereby, using the Da Vinci Si Surgical System offers the urologist significantly more precision and dexterity than the open surgery approach. For any concerns you may have regarding your urological health, we advise you to visit our urologists, who will gladly examine you and subsequently assign you a correct and accurate diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your doctor will be able to answer this question as it depends on the type of surgery you had.

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After the intervention, it is important to have a healthy and balanced diet and an adequate daily fluid intake.

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Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control and can thereby cause involuntary leakage of urine, particularly when you cough, laugh, or sneeze.

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Lifestyle can definitely affect urological health, as certain habits, such as excessive alcohol intake and smoking, may take a heavy toll on the health of your bladder, kidneys, and prostate.

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You can resume a normal diet after hydrocelectomy and it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids in order to avoid dehydration. Your doctor will tell you what diet is most appropriate following hydrocelectomy and let you know if any restrictions apply to your case.

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