Urology

Urology

The excellence of the Urology Unit at Hospital Dr. Gálvez is based on the work of all its professionals in ensuring the patient’s wellbeing, approaching each case in a friendly and caring manner. A team of professionals offer the highest levels of professionalism in the diagnosis and treatment of problems in kidneys, the urinary system and retroperitoneum tract affecting both sexes; as well as diseases of the male genital apparatus, without any age limit.

Loyal to its commitment to ongoing improvement and offering the latest technological advances, the Urology Service at Hospital Dr. Gálvez has constantly updated its resources in order to give our patients the highest quality from the first moment.

Our areas of work are:

– Prevention and treatment of prostatic disorders:

The current trend in terms of healthcare consists of developing strategies that are not limited to treating the symptoms of one disease or dysfunction or another, but preventing the appearance of these disorders. At Hospital Dr. Gálvez, we offer the most advanced techniques and we follow the latest trends in medicine in order to offer personalised care to the patient. Therefore, in order to prevent or eliminate the problem before complications arise, we have a specialised programme in prostate health studies: check-ups for men over the age of 45 to look after their health.

– Benign Prostate Pathology:

Known among specialists by its acronym, BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia is, as its name indicates, a gradual, benign enlargement of the prostate, a gland of the male genitourinary system which produces part of the seminal fluid that protects and nourishes the sperm in the semen.

According to current estimates, BPH affects the male population from the age of 40 in a percentage similar to the decade in question. In other words, it affects 60% of males in their sixties, 70% of males in their seventies, 80% of men in their eighties and so on.

The Urology Service at Hospital Dr. Gálvez boasts the latest advances in the treatment of patients with prostate symptoms, such as the new green laser (Green Light XPS). This laser allows the vaporization and elimination of more tissue from the prostate in less time, obtaining excellent results, without bleeding and reducing the hospitalization and catheterization time.

– Penis and urethra disorders:

Urethral stenosis consists of a tightening (narrowing) of the urethra. The most common development of urethral stenosis is an inflammation of the urethra wall forming scars, which, in turn, produce stenosis.

The Urology Unit has a team of experienced professionals specialised in urethroplasty, the technique used to resolve urethral stenosis.  It is a surgical procedure in which the stenosis is sectioned and is later closed.

– Testicular Pathology:

In the event of an increase in the size or increased pain in the testicles, the patient should not become alarmed as there are diverse causes, although it is necessary to see a specialist in order to carry out a precise diagnosis as soon as possible. At Hospital Dr. Gálvez, we offer a quick and efficient diagnosis and treatment adapted to each patient. Some of the most common testicular conditions are: Orchitis and Epididymitis, Hydrocele, Varicocele, Testicle tumours, Testicular traumatism, Testicular torsion (intense pain).

– Reconstructive Urology:

Reconstructive Urology is responsible for the surgical repair of congenital or acquired disorders that affect the functioning of the organs in the genitourinary system, in men and women. Among the different types of reconstructive surgery, urethroplasty or urethral enlargements with the appendix or intestine stand out, which are suitable for stenosis of the urethra or the ureter. Reconstruction of the urinary bladder of the small intestine for cancer surgery or the correction of the obstruction or narrowing of the ureter at the point where it connects with the kidney are some examples of procedures carried out by specialists in the Urology Unit at Hospital Dr. Gálvez.

– Oncological Urology:

Oncological urology, also known as uro-oncology, focuses on the diagnosis and mainly surgical treatment of tumours (cancer) of the urinary tract in both men and women and of the male genital apparatus (reproductive system). The most common conditions treated in this speciality are: prostate, bladder, renal (kidney), testicle, ureter and renal pelvis, adrenal (supra-renal gland) and penis tumours.

Specialists in the Urology service at Hospital Dr. Gálvez have extensive experience and the latest techniques to offer individual care and a multi-disciplinary team, working with other specialities involved in the treatment of urological cancer.

Treatment is aimed at the early detection of genital-urinary disorders and the immediate consideration and application of the therapeutic options for their cure.

– Erectile Dysfunction and Infertility:

Erectile dysfunction is defined as a man’s repeated inability to obtain or maintain an erection. A man is considered to suffer from erectile dysfunction when he has problems maintaining an erection in 25 percent of attempts.

It is a problem that affects approximately 152 million men in the world and can cause serious fertility problems as the entry of sperm into the woman’s uterus is hindered as there is no erection or ejaculation.

In order to apply the appropriate treatment for erectile dysfunction, first of all, it is necessary to discover its causes, if possible. Based on this point, the most appropriate treatment for each case will be studied, always seeking the greatest comfort and least risk for the patient. There are diverse solutions for the problem, including: treatment with oral medication, hormonal treatment, vacuum devices, elimination of medication that may be causing the dysfunction, transurethral therapy or injection, changing life habits, penile implants, etc.

– Lithiasis Urology (stones in the kidneys or urinary tracts):

A stone in the urinary tract normally starts as an accumulation of the crystals that we all have in urine, which grows into a larger solid mass with the possibility of obstructing the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

The presence of stones in the kidneys or urinary tracts (ureters, bladder) is called urinary lithiasis, urolithiasis or nephrolithiasis. Alleviating the pain, preventing the formation of new stones and facilitating the expulsion of the stone is the primary aim of treatment.

– Urological Tests:

The multi-disciplinary team at the Urology Unit at Hospital Dr. Gálvez is made up of professionals specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of the most common pathologies in men. Using the latest technological advances in the field, we carry out an in-depth study of each case and all the necessary tests to detect the problem and resolve it as soon as possible: urodynamic study, flowmetry, urethrocystography, cystoscopy, ultrasound and transrectal biopsy.

– Laparoscopic Surgery (minimally invasive):

Laparoscopic surgery is the minimally invasive alternative to conventional surgery. In this type of surgery, a small camera called a laparoscope is introduced in the abdomen. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are multiple: quick recovery as it generates less inflammatory reaction in response to surgical stress, shorter hospital stays, rapid return to work and a better aesthetic result.

– Pelvic Floor: prevention and treatment of incontinence in women

The pelvic floor is the set of muscles, ligaments and fascias that form the base of the pelvis, supporting the bladder and urethra, uterus, vagina and rectum. A good condition and functioning is essential for a woman’s urinary continence.

Rehabilitation is considered to be the first treatment option as it is a non-invasive and effective therapy. Rehabilitation is useful for both treating a dysfunction in the pelvic floor and preventing it. It also acts as a necessary complement to other treatments, such as pre-surgery and post-surgery, to fully ensure the patient’s recovery.

At our centre, we are specialists in the performance of radiology and urodynamic studies for the proper diagnosis of incontinence. We develop innovative rehabilitation, pelvic physiotherapy and perineal electro stimulation techniques, as well as corrective surgical techniques.