Urology is the medical specialty concerned with the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the urinary system, reproductive tracts in men, and urinary disease in women. At West Valley Hospital we offer a comprehensive urological service including both the medical management of conditions such as urinary tract infection and an overactive bladder as well as surgical treatments including:
- vasectomy and its reversal
- hydrocele repair
- cancer treatment (bladder, prostate, kidney, testicular, penile and urethral) including cryotherapy
- removal of lumps
- pelvic floor repair
- stress incontinence repair
Consultant urologists at West Valley Hospital offer convenient and local appointments for general and specialist urology services. They have a wealth of experience and will provide clear and understandable information about your condition and discuss their recommended treatment options with you.
A circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin (the retractable skin that covers the tip of the penis). It can be performed for religious and cultural reasons, or for medical reasons including: tight foreskin (phimosis), recurrent inflammation and infection of the foreskin and penis head (balanitis), when the foreskin won’t return to its original position causing pain and swelling of the penis head (paraphimosis), inflammation and hardening of skin around the foreskin (balanitis xerotica obliterans) and penile cancer.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes up to forty-five minutes. Your surgeon will remove the foreskin, seal off any small blood vessels and stitch the skin edges together. There are restrictions and waiting lists for circumcision surgery on the NHS. Here at West Valley Hospital we regularly perform circumcisions promptly and without restrictions.
A vasectomy, also known as male sterilisation, is a permanent method of contraception. It’s carried out under local anaesthetic and takes around 15 minutes. During the procedure your consultant urologist will cut, block and seal your vas deferens tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to the penis, so that sperm are stopped from entering your semen. There is often a wait to have a vasectomy on the NHS. We can offer convenient appointments for a vasectomy.
Hydrocele repair is surgery to reduce the swelling of your scrotum that happens when you have a hydrocele. A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the testicle and most often occurs in men over 40 years of age. It feels like a balloon filled with fluid inside your scrotum. Normally a hydrocele is painless but if it is large it may be uncomfortable when walking or having sex.
Hydrocele repair surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes around thirty minutes. Your surgeon will make an incision in your scrotum to allow drainage of the hydrocele and the sac is repaired to stop fluid collecting there again.
Vasectomy reversal as its name suggests aims to reverse a vasectomy or male sterilisation. It’s also known as a vasovasostomy. The procedure reconnects the vas deferens tubes that were cut during a vasectomy. The best results are achieved if it’s performed soon after a vasectomy. A vasectomy reversal is not available on the NHS. You will therefore need to have the operation privately and we can perform this for you if you would like.
Prostate cryotherapy is an exciting new minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. It essentially freezes and destroys the prostate cancer cells. It’s also known as prostate cryosurgery or cryoablation.
Guided by ultrasound your urologist will place tiny needles into your prostate gland and a gas is passed down them to freeze the prostate and kill the cancer cells. The frozen, dead tissue then thaws and is naturally absorbed by your body. Your consultant will discuss if this method of prostate cancer treatment is suitable for you.