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Pediatric Urology

The Children's Mercy urology program focuses on all aspects of pediatric urology, from surgical care to long-term follow-up support. Patients with urinary- and genital-tract diseases have access to full diagnostic and therapeutic services through the Children's Mercy urologic surgery program. We use minimally invasive surgery approaches to reduce recovery time and scarring patients experience after surgery.

Urology Staff

Our staff manages complex congenital anomalies that require extensive training and experience to achieve successful outcomes. Many of these patients require specialized radiographic exams, which the Children's Mercy Radiology staff has experience handling.

Urology Programs

Our GUIDE Clinic provides dedicated care for patients with disorders of sexual differentiation. Patients with voiding dysfunction, a common bladder-control issue, receive dedicated care through our DUCK clinic. We take a team approach to treating complex urologic problems, ensuring all patients have access to the best care possible. 

Pediatric Urology Research

The urology program is involved with several randomized prospective trials to determine the best surgical approaches for patients with urologic conditions. Each trial is designed to compare current treatment options for specific conditions to determine the approach that results in the best outcomes for patients. Some of our current prospective trials include:

Laparoscopic vs. Open Pyeloplasty

Our research team is currently working to determine whether laparoscopic or an open approach to pyeloplasty (surgical removal of kidney obstructions) results in better outcomes for patients.

Circumcision – Skin Glue vs. No Skin Glue

This prospective trial will help determine whether the use of skin glue provides a better treatment outcome than traditional sutures.

The River Trial

This study is a research initiative with the Division of Nephrology at Children's Mercy. This study is designed to determine whether patients with kidney reflux benefit from antibiotic treatment.

Department Highlights

  • Our commitment to care has helped us earn recognition as one of the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Patients benefit from an emphasis on minimally invasive surgical techniques, which reduces discomfort, scarring, and recovery time.
  • Research through randomized prospective trials is leading to better surgical treatment for patients with urologic conditions.
  • Our staff takes a team approach to treating complex urologic problems, ensuring all patients have access to the best, most convenient care possible. 

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