Pediatric Urology is a surgical field dealing with disorders in children's urogenital systems – boys and girls, from birth through adolescence. The most common disorders are problems with passing urine and issues involving external sexual organs, groin and testicles.
Every year, the department conducts over 1,200 urgent and elective operations and more than 2,000 children and youth are treated at our Outpatients Clinic. Department staff also treat patients at the specialist clinics at the health agencies. In this way we can provide efficient and accessible ambulatory treatment while reducing waiting time.
Department staff place great importance on always looking to improve our patients' quality of life. To this end, we have developed treatment techniques that offer comprehensive solutions with minimal invasion and we are constantly striving to enhance the treatment and reduce recovery times.
Because we understand the importance of the connection between the patient and the various doctors, we maintain regular contact with local pediatricians and are always available for consultation. We are also happy to receive comments and suggestions from both patients and doctors in order to give our children the best possible care.
Shaare Zedek's Pediatric Urology Department is one of the leaders in its field, both in Israel and internationally:
• As a result of techniques developed in our department, a European center was opened to train doctors to perform endoscopic repairs for vesicoureteral reflux.
• Dozens of doctors from all over the world have undergone training in our department.
• The department is recognized as a Excellence Center for hypospadias repair.
• The department serves as a national referral center for children with endocrinological disorders who need sexual organ repair. This is one of the most challenging fields in reconstructive surgery and the department is among the world's leading centers for these procedures.
• The department operates a multi-disciplinary clinic for urinary disorders, which provides professional treatment for children suffering from bladder problems (including bedwetting). Clinic staff include a pediatric urologist, a gastroenterologist, a psychiatrist and a nurse specializing in urinary disorders.
Among the disorders treated in the clinic:
1. Bladder function disorders, including urine blockage at day and night and bedwetting. We also treat digestive system disorders connected to urinary problems, such as constipation.
2. Cryptorchidism – when a testicle is located above the scrotum instead of within it.
3. Hydrocele testis – an accumulation of fluid around the testicle.
4. Children's hernias.
5. Hypospadias – incomplete closure of the urethra
6. Epispadias – a rare type of congenital malformation in which the urethra ends in an opening on the dorsum (upper part) of the penis instead of the lower part.
7. Various diseases of the penis including penile torsion or twisted penis.
8. Narrowing of the urethral opening or the urinary tract.
9. Urinary system blockage, such as Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ).
10. Ureterovesical Junction Obstruction (UVJ) – blockage where the ureter joins the bladder.
11. Hydronephrosis – kidney swelling due to urine build-up.
12. Vesicoureteral reflux.
13. Infections in the urinary tract.
14. Stones in the urinary tract or bladder.
15. Neurogenic bladder – damage in the bladder stemming from a problem in the central nervous system or in the nerves involved in bladder activity.
16. Kidney tumors.
17. Injuries to the urinary or urogenital systems.
18. Sexual malformations in children with sexual differentiation disorders.
In addition to treating children and youth, department doctors also participate in the specialist clinic for pregnant women whose ultrasound examinations reveal suspicious findings in the fetus.
Prof. Boris Chertin
Mrs. Hadas Gadasi
Urology Institute: Main Building, 2nd Floor
Urology Dept.: Main Building, 7th Floor
Peds Surgery (hospitalization): Next Generation Building, 7th Floor