The Pediatric Urology Unit at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) provides comprehensive diagnosis of congenital and acquired urinary tract abnormalities, disorders of pubertal development, and various genital problems in infants, children, and adolescents at any stage of the disease.
Families from all over Israel and the world come to the Urology Unit at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center for their children’s care. Our department is staffed by experienced physicians who diagnose and treat common or complex urologic conditions.
The most up-to-date diagnostic techniques enable the detection of a disease in its early stages, and the innovative clinical solutions, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, enable surgical intervention via the smallest incisions.
Some of the advantages of surgeries performed at the Pediatric Urology Unit of Ichilov Hospital include:
- Reduced surgery-related injury rates
- A shorter recovery period
- A quicker return to normal daily activities.
The Pediatric Urology Unit’s multidisciplinary team includes qualified pediatric urologists, nurses, psychologists, and physiotherapists with extensive clinical expertise and a patient-oriented approach. In complicated cases, they work in close cooperation with surgical teams (children, plastic surgery), with the assistance from the pediatric orthopedics and pediatric intensive care units and with the additional support from the pediatric nephrology, endocrinology, and metabolic disease units.
The Urology Department deals with a wide variety of urological conditions, including:
- Urinary tract infections – leading to bacterial penetration into the bladder through the urethra.
- Hypospadias – a congenital penile abnormality.
- Urethral meatal stenosis – a narrowing of the opening of the urethra.
- Hydrocele – a congenital or acquired abnormality. The condition occurs when a considerable amount of fluid is accumulated within the membrane surrounding the testicle.
- Undescended testis (cryptorchism) – a testicular anomaly marked by failure of one or both of the testicles to descend into the scrotum at birth.
- Varicocele – varicose changes and dilation of the veins in the pampiniform plexus, spermatic cord. The cause of the condition – backflow of the blood from the left renal vein into the left spermatic vein (reflux).
- Urinary reflux – a backward flow of urine from the bladder into the renal duct and kidneys. This condition is typically caused by absent or underdeveloped flap valve mechanism between the ureter and the bladder.
- Kidney stones – a rare condition, more likely to occur in children with genetic predisposition. Other causes may include metabolic disorders.
- Urinary obstruction – a congenital or acquired disorder caused by obstruction of urine flow through excretory passages. The defect can be detected during pregnancy.
- Exstrophy of bladder – a congenital absence of the anterior bladder wall.
- Epispadias – a congenital disorder characterized by partial or full splitting of the urethra anterior wall. Complications may include penile deformity.
- Intersex condition – presence of both male and female gender characteristics in a child, with either of these characteristics being underdeveloped or transitional.
In many cases, the Pediatric Urology Unit begins working with families before their baby is born. We provide additional consultations for pregnant women in cases of suspected fetal urinary tract abnormalities, in view of excessive fluid accumulation and fetal renal pelvic dilation.
Our mission is to cure or alleviate illnesses and symptoms in children suffering from urological problems whilst minimizing the use of invasive treatment and maintaining a high quality of life.
We are committed to offering the highest quality urologic treatment. Here you’ll find exceptional quality medical care delivered by a highly capable, experienced, and professional team. Your child will be in safe hands here!