Urologic Surgery

If you need urologic surgery, Essentia's skilled urologists will perform your procedure and provide the necessary follow-up care. Our urologists treat all types of male and female urinary tract conditions in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra, as well as conditions in the male reproductive system. They perform a wide range of surgical procedures, including vasectomy and circumcision.

What's a Urologic Surgeon?

A urologic surgeon is a urologist with specialized training in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conditions of the male and female urinary tract, as well as the male reproductive organs.

Surgical Procedures

Below is a list of urologic conditions and the related procedures that your surgeon may perform.

  • Bladder cancer
    • Cystectomy – Removes all or part of the bladder to treat bladder cancer
  • Enlarged prostate
    • GreenLight™ laser therapy – Uses a laser to vaporize enlarged prostate tissue
    • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) – Trims away excess prostate tissue
    • Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) – Shrinks enlarged prostate tissue using radio waves
    • Transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) – Heats and destroys prostate tissue
    • Urolift® system treatment – Lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
    • Penile prosthesis – Implants inflatable or bendable rods into both sides of the penis
  • Infertility
    • Varicocele repair – Separates an enlarged varicose vein in your scrotum to stop blood flow and improve male fertility
  • Kidney cancer and kidney stones
    • Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy® (ESWL) – Breaks up kidney or ureter stones using sound waves
    • Partial nephrectomy – Removes part of the kidney to treat cancer, diseases and injuries
    • Nephroureterectomy – Takes out both the kidney and the ureter to treat cancer
    • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy – Removes large kidney stones
  • Prostate cancer
    • Prostatectomy – Removes all or part of the prostate gland
    • Radioactive seed implantation – Places radioactive seeds into your prostate gland to deliver radiation therapy
  • Testicular cancer
    • Orchiectomy – Takes out one or both testes
  • Urinary incontinence
    • Transobturator sling – Lifts and supports your urethra

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Whenever possible, Essentia surgeons treat your condition using advanced technologies and minimally invasive techniques. That means you’ll have less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

For more than a decade, Essentia has offered robotic-assisted urologic surgery at some of its hospitals. Robotic surgery involves the use of very sophisticated equipment to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures. One or two surgeons operate the robot during each procedure, and this robotic-assisted approach improves the surgeon's view, precision, and control. Robotic surgery has been proven to improve surgical outcomes.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.