Urinary control problems (incontinence): Stress incontinence, which is more common in women, causes urine to leak when you laugh or cough. Overactive bladder, also called urge incontinence, is caused by urinary muscle spasms that cause an urgency to urinate. Incontinence can also be caused by multiple pregnancies, being overweight and genetic weaknesses.
Vasectomy: Vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to severe a man’s vas deferens, which is then tied or sealed to prevent sperm from entering the seminal stream. Danbury Hospital urologists perform “no scalpel vasectomies” in an outpatient setting. The procedure typically takes about half an hour, and the patient generally heals quickly with relatively few complications or failures.
Vasectomy reversal: Our urologists use the latest vasectomy-reversal techniques, rejoining the cut ends of the vas deferens. Advances in microscopic surgery have made this extremely delicate surgery more common and more available than in the past; however, this does not mean that a vasectomy should be looked upon as a temporary option.
Infertility: Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying or, for women 35 or older, six months. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.
Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women’s problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to the man. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems or by unknown problems.
Our Danbury Hospital urologists are sensitive to the frustration associated with infertility, offering many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments may improve your chances of becoming pregnant.
Pediatric urology: Urologists at Danbury Hospital specialize in the care of children and adolescents with urologic and gynecologic problems. Some of our doctors have extensive experience caring for urologic problems in children.
Prostate cancer treatment and surgery, including brachytherapy: Urologists at Danbury Hospital perform prostate cancer surgeries using traditional open, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted laparoscopic techniques. We offer radical prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate, and pelvic lymph node dissection, or removal of the regional lymph nodes of the prostate.
Sometimes called “seed implantation,” brachytherapy is an outpatient procedure for treatment of prostate cancer. Radioactive “seeds” are carefully placed inside of the cancerous tissue and positioned in a manner that will attack the cancer cells most efficiently. About the size of a grain of rice, these seeds emit radiation that travels only a few millimeters to kill nearby cancer cells.
Your urologist will determine if brachytherapy is the treatment of choice for you.
Benign prostate conditions, including enlarged prostate: Urologists at Danbury Hospital use medical treatment as well as the latest laser technology to improve outcomes.
Stone disease treatment, including lithotripsy: Lithotripsy is the technology that allows a urologist (or sometimes a radiologist) to break up stones inside the body (such as kidney, ureter and urinary bladder stones). A machine called a lithotripter produces shock waves that crush the stones into sand-like particles, which pass easily with urine. For large or multiple stones, lithotripsy and minimally invasive surgery may be combined.