Urology Services | Allen Hospital, Waterloo IA


Urology Procedures

Our urology team includes Waterloo's only robotic surgery experts. We perform surgery as necessary including minimally invasive laser, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Patients receive personalized care and have access to some of the most advanced treatments available.

To maximize patient convenience, surgical procedures can be performed both at Allen Hospital and United Medical Park.

In-Office Urological Procedures

  • Bladder Biopsy — samples of the bladder are removed and sent for testing
  • Bladder Instillations — instilling medication into bladder
  • Bladder Ultrasound / Scanning of Post Void Residual Urine — procedure to determine how much urine is left in the bladder after a patient voids
  • Botox Injections – used to treat overactive bladder or incontinence.
  • Catheter Changes — helps drain the bladder by inserting a rubber catheter into the bladder through the urethra
  • Cystourethroscopy — allows the physician to see the inside of the bladder through a cystoscope. In our office, the patient has the capability to view this procedure and findings on a monitor
  • Destruction and Removal of Lesions 
  • Injections for Lupron, Zoladex, Firmagon, and Prolia — hormone injection for the treatment of prostate cancer
  • Penile Injections for Sexual Dysfunction — medication injections into penis for treatment of sexual dysfunction
  • Percutaneous Nerve Evaluation — procedure that helps with voiding problems
  • Prostate Biopsy — takes an image of prostate and samples of the prostate to test for prostate cancer.
  • Fulguration of Bladder Lesions — procedure to destroy a bladder lesion by burning it
  • Urethral Dilatations — procedure to help to open the urethra
  • Urodynamics — study to evaluate your bladder's function and efficiency
  • Vasectomy — prohibits sperm from reaching semen that is ejaculated from penis

Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • Cryotherapy — using cold gas to freeze the entire prostate to eradicate cancer cells
  • Interstim — sacral nerve stimulation to treat overactive bladder
  • Laser — surgical procedure performed with a laser that delivers a shallow cut
  • Laparoscopy — surgical procedure performed on the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions / cut
  • Robotic Surgery — surgical procedure using a very small tool attached to a robotic arm where the doctor controls the robotic arm with a computer 
    • Adrenalectomy — one or both adrenal glands are removed
    • Cystectomy — removal of part or entire bladder
    • Nephrectomy (partial and total) — removal of part or the entire kidney
    • Prostatectomy — removal of the prostate
    • Pyeloplasty — reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain the kidney
    • Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy — correction of prolapse of the vagina
    • Ureteral Reimplant — corrects abnormality in ureter to improve drainage

Minimally Invasive Stone Surgery

  • Ureteroscopy — examination of upper urinary tract
  • Laser Lithotripsy — removal of stones from the urinary tract
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) — use of shockwaves to break up kidney stones
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) — removal of kidney stones

Incontinence Surgery

  • Slings — for male and female incontinence using mesh or autologous fascia (natural tissue)
  • Artificial Sphincter — for male stress incontinence
  • Macroplastique Injections — for stress incontinence

Sexual Dysfunction

  • Penile Prosthesis — for refractory erectile dysfunction
  • Penile Plication – penile curvature or Peyronie's disease

Infertility

  • Microsurgical varicocelectomy — corrects enlarged veins in the scrotum
  • Vasectomy reversal — reconnects the tubes (vas deferens) that wore cut during a vasectomy

Pediatric Urology

  • Orchidopexy — surgery to move undescended testicle into the scrotum
  • Circumcision and circumcision revision – removal of foreskin from the penis
  • Meatotomy – surgery to reopen a scarred or narrowed urethral opening
  • Cystoscopy – allows the physician to see the inside of the bladder through a cystoscop