Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Urology
Why should I choose the pediatric urology program at Brenner Children’s Hospital?
Brenner’s urology department is the largest urology group between Washington, DC and Atlanta and is made up of a team of internationally recognized experts in their field. We provide comprehensive care for children with urological conditions such as bedwetting, hernias, urinary tract infections, congenital bladder disorders and cancer using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in medical advancements.
We are internationally recognized for our use of cutting-edge therapies, such as minimally invasive procedures, and our research in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering techniques. Our physicians were the first in the world to grow bladders in the laboratory from patients’ own cells and implanting the bladders in the patients.
When are you available?
Our office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, new patients may call 888-716-WAKE or 336-716-WAKE. Returning patients, please call 336-716-4131.
Where are you located?
Our clinic is located at 140 Charlois Blvd. in Winston-Salem. We also see patients at our satellite clinics in Greensboro, Hickory, Lenoir, and Statesville. View a list of our clinics’ addresses.
What do you treat?
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 minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques, in Brenner’s extensive surgical care center.
What if my child is having problems with bedwetting?
Bedwetting is not something your child can control. Patience and preserving your child’s self esteem are critical during this period. Bedwetting runs in families; children with this condition may have a small bladder, be a heavy sleeper and retain fluid. Our clinicians will work closely with you and your child to find treatments and techniques that help resolve this problem.
What are the steps I need to take to prepare my child for surgery?
Being there for your child before, during and after surgery is the most important thing you can do to help him or her. Surgery can be a very stressful time; your support helps your child maintain the highest level of emotional health. You may also want to do the following to prepare your child for surgery:
- Make a list of questions about your child’s diagnosis and treatment and bring that list to your appointments with your doctor.
- Bring some of your child’s favorite things with you for his or her stay at Brenner. Those comfort items might include family photos, books, favorite toys or stuffed animals, music and a portable music player or a laptop computer.
- You should also bring things to help you during your child’s period of stay at Brenner. It’s important that you also maintain optimal physical and emotional health during your child’s surgery and post-operative treatment.
We offer a range of support services for patients and their families. Please ask your health care team for more information about Brenner’s support services and a checklist of things to do right before surgery, including any restrictions on food and water intake.
What should I do to care for my child after surgery or a stem cell transplant?
Your health care team will review with you the instructions you should follow after your child’s surgery or transplant. These instructions will be specific to your child’s type of surgery/transplant and his or her individualized care plan. We will arrange a follow-up appointment with you in advance, if needed. If your child is running a fever after you return home, please call us right away at 336-716-4131.
Is my child going to be okay?
Our pediatric urologists are internationally recognized as experts in their field and have been performing surgeries on babies, children, teens and young adults for many years. We use the latest in clinical and technological advancements in the care of our patients and will do all that is medically possible to ensure your child has the best possible outcome during his or her period of care at Brenner Children’s Hospital. In addition, we manage a thorough follow-up care program and work closely with your pediatrician and other pediatric specialists to ensure continued optimal care and treatment for your child.
What happens next?
We want you to know each step of your child’s treatment plan. Your doctor will determine this plan and review it with you in great detail. We welcome you to contact us at any time with any questions you may have. You are also given access to a patient navigator or guide that can advise you throughout your child’s entire stay at Brenner Children’s Hospital.
How often do we need to see you?
Your treatment schedule will depend upon your child’s surgery and condition. Your pediatric urologist will work with you to set up a schedule that fits your schedule and your child’s specific health care needs.
Can my child play sports and participate in the things they love to do?
Our goal is to see your child enjoy life. We will do everything possible to get your child back to doing his or her favorite things. Certain conditions and treatments may, however, limit your child’s ability to participate in some sports and other physical activities. Your doctor will provide you with this guidance in detail during your child’s period of care.