About the Department of Pediatric Urology
The Department of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Colorado provides expert care for children in the Rocky Mountain region with congenital and acquired urologic conditions. These conditions include problems with the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and genitalia.
We provide expert diagnosis, testing, medical consultation and surgical resolution for the full range of pediatric urological conditions. Diagnostic testing is performed in conjunction with the Department of Radiology at Children’s Colorado. Our partnership with the University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine gives us access to state-of-the-art research and allows us to provide advanced healthcare services for your child.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for the treatment of bladder and urinary conditions?
Bringing your child to the Department of Urology at Children's Colorado ensures that you and your child will be cared for by experienced and knowledgeable team members who are willing to take the time to visit with you, answer your questions and provide you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.
Extensive use of noninvasive and minimally invasive diagnostic testing and surgical interventions, including laparoscopy (a robot assisted surgery), minimizes a child’s discomfort and results in smaller scars.
Collaboration among experts in pediatric surgery, orthopedics, neonatology, oncology, nephrology, genetics, neurosurgery, endocrinology, rehabilitation and adolescent gynecology allows us to care for complex, multi-system disorders.
Conditions we treat
The Department of Pediatric Urology treats a variety of congenital and acquired urologic conditions. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of some conditions, we often consult and work closely with other departments, including Nephrology (kidneys) and Gynecology. We provide the most comprehensive multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient services for infants and children with urologic problems in the Rocky Mountain region, including wetting and voiding disorders, urinary tract infections and hydronephrosis. Read more about all of the conditions treated by the Pediatric Urology Department.
For adolescent gynecology conditions, see the gynecologic conditions treated at Children’s Colorado.
Bladder and urinary clinics
Children’s Colorado offers a variety of clinics, for all types of urologic conditions in children.
- The Bedwetting and Enuresis (BE) Program cares for children with conditions such as day wetting, nighttime wetting and recurrent urinary tract infections. Our BE Program is managed by a pediatric nurse practitioner and a physician assistant who diagnose and treat children experiencing urinary accidents during the day and night, as well as recurrent urinary tract infections after potty training, urinary frequency, urinary urgency and painful urination. For more information, please see pages 3 and 4 of this handout for BE Clinic Visit Information (.pdf). En Español - Estudios Urológicos Habituales (.pdf).
Our experts also participate in the following multidisciplinary clinics:
- The Spinal Defects Clinic coordinates care for children with spina bifida and spinal cord injury.
- The Colorectal, Cloaca and Complex Pelvic Floor Disorder Program
- The SOAR Clinic (Sexual development Outcomes Achieving Results) brings together experts in endocrinology, psychology, adolescent gynecology, urology and genetics.
- The Stone Clinic cares for children with stone formation, in coordination with nephrology and dietary experts.
Tests and treatments
Doctors use a variety of tests to diagnose and treat urologic conditions in children. As a parent, it is important for you to know that our pediatric doctors, nurses and technicians are specially trained to explain these procedures to your child and help him or her feel as comfortable as possible during their tests. Learn more about bladder and urology tests and treatments.
Research and clinical trails
The Department of Pediatric Urology is committed to ongoing research. We are continually updating and evaluating our research interests. At the current time we have a number of prospective projects:
- Evaluating how patients with hydronephrosis should be investigated and when is the most appropriate time for treatment.
- Assessing outcomes from commonly occurring operations so that we can provide better prognostic information
- Developing a tissue bank to enable us to study the genetics behind the congenital urological problems
- Evaluating how bladder obstruction can lead to long term bladder problems
- Understanding how behavioral issues can affect continence
Multiple care locations
To make our urology services and care more convenient for families, we provide services at various locations in the Denver metro area: