Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Clinical Services

Brenner’s team of exceptionally trained urologists, nurses, anesthesiologists and other health care professionals provide the highest level of care for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. We utilize our clinical expertise and the latest in technological advancements to help our patients heal and get better. 

We treat all types of urological conditions, from bedwetting to the treatment of bladder exstropy, a birth defect in which the bladder is either outside of the abdominal wall or inside out. Our expert clinicians perform a range of surgeries, using traditional and laparoscopic surgical techniques, in Brenner’s extensive surgical care center.

Investigating the Best Possible Methods for Treatment

We work closely with each family through our patients’ entire period of care and thoroughly investigate the best possible method to treat our pediatric patients. Whenever possible, we look for minimally invasive procedures that require less time in surgery and have the fastest recovery time. This results in a shorter hospital stay and less pain for our surgical patients.

Family-Centered Care

At Brenner, we believe in the philosophy of family-centered care. We work closely with families to develop individualized and customized treatment plans for their child and are always available to answer any questions parents and other family members may have. Brenner’s pediatric urologists work closely with our patients’ pediatricians to provide streamlined care throughout the treatment and healing process.

Pediatric Urology Services

Laparoscopic Surgery

Brenner’s urology department uses surgical techniques and equipment specially designed for children. We are one of just a few hospitals in the country that performs robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery (surgery in the abdomen) in children.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive operations take less time, require less cutting, are less painful and speed the healing process so that our pediatric surgical patients get better faster, have a shorter hospital stay and have an improved quality of life. Minimally invasive surgeries are used for the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and conditions, as well as for biopsies (the removal of cells or tissues to determine a diagnosis) and tumor removal. Typically, minimally invasive surgery will entail laparoscopy (surgery in the abdomen) or thoracoscopy (surgery in the chest or lungs to treat chest diseases or infections).


A fully dedicated team of pediatric anesthesiologists, trained for many years in the specialties of pediatrics and anesthesia, work with all pediatric departments to ensure the best and safest anesthesia plan for our pediatric patients. We conduct all types of anesthesia, including local, regional and general anesthesia: 

  • Local Anesthesia – the numbing of a certain area or part of the body. 
  • Regional Anesthesia – a type of anesthesia in which the anesthesiologist injects a medicine to block pain signals traveling to the brain. This may involve the spine, an epidural or nerve blocks. This procedure will make a child feel sleepy before, during and after the procedure. 
  • General Anesthesia – medicines are given to a child to make him or her sleep during surgery. During general anesthesia, the anesthesia team closely watches the child’s heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing and oxygen levels and may adjust the levels of medication as needed during the procedure.