Our pediatric urology program at the BMSCH is ranked among the top Children’s Hospitals by US News & World Report in pediatric urology for third year in a row. Led by Joseph G. Barone, Chief of Urology and Surgeon-in-Chief at BMSCH and Professor of Urology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and a renowned expert in pediatric urology provides a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to infants, children, and adolescents with disorders that may have developed before and after birth. The Pediatric Urology program provides a full range of services and focus exclusively on children with urologic problems. Our clinic sees more than 4,000 patients, and our surgeons perform approximately 1,500 surgeries each year. Our mission is to provide excellent, innovative care that improves the medical and quality-of-life outcomes of children and families living with complex conditions of the genitourinary systems. Our care is centered in compassion, integrity, and regard for your child and family and is designed to meet the needs of families as partners in the care team. We strive to provide care that is safe, effective, and family-centered with respect for the dignity and individuality of your child and family.
Comprehensive ServicesOur comprehensive services include evaluation, diagnosis, medical treatment, surgery, and follow-up care for congenital and acquired urologic disorders. The conditions we treat include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bedwetting and Daytime Wetting Problems
- Pediatric Continence Center
- Undescended testis
- Urinary tract infections
- Urinary tract obstructions
- Meatal stenosis
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Spina bifida
- Post-operative information
In caring for children with urologic abnormalities, our ultimate goal is to restore normal anatomy, preserve optimal organ function, and allow for normal development. Our evaluation and treatment methods are both comprehensive and current. Our pediatric urologists always use the most advanced and least invasive treatment techniques possible to achieve a positive outcome for each patient. In conjunction with our perinatal specialists, we are also able to treat urologic disorders in-utero. Prior to birth, our team can employ state-of-the-art early diagnosis and treatment methods to prevent future medical issues for children and their families.
Minimally Invasive and Robotic SurgeryThe urology team has expertise in pediatric robotic and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. This involves using a video camera and very thin instruments. Using these small incisions we are able to perform complex surgery. Small incisions also mean less post-operative discomfort, and faster recovery so your child will get back to normal activity faster. This approach is offered for:
- Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
- Undescended Testis
- Kidney Tumors
Voiding Dysfunction TreatmentOur Urotherapy Center is the area’s only program that’s exclusively dedicated to helping children overcome voiding problems. With compassion and understanding, our team will help your child recover from bedwetting, urinary incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections and other troubles caused by daytime voiding dysfunction.
Specialized Care for ChildrenBecause a child’s urinary tract and genitalia are very different than those of an adult, managing problems in these areas requires a different approach on the part of urologists and other care providers. Our pediatric urology specialists have the experience and focus to address pediatric urologic problems, both medically and surgically, with the skill and care necessary to obtain excellent results for our young patients. By focusing 100 percent of our concentration on caring for children, we are able to create the optimal experience and outcomes for our patients and their families. We treat children as children – not as small adults.
Child-Centered, Family-Friendly CareAt BMSCH, every pediatric urology patient receives family-centered care from a collaborative team of experts. Families are considered an important part of that team and an essential source of emotional support and comfort for their children. Families are kept informed and educated so they have a firm understanding of their child’s diagnosis, treatment plan, recovery process, and expected outcome. Staff and families share a bond of support and trust, as well as the goal of ensuring that each child’s recovery process is as smooth as possible and that each child has the best possible chance at experiencing a full and normal life.
Multidisciplinary Team ApproachSome children with complex urinary problems may require the expertise of a variety of pediatric specialists beyond those in our Pediatric Urology Program. For situations that require a multidisciplinary approach, BMSCH offers a wealth of expertise in every pediatric field, including radiology, anesthesiology, endocrinology, oncology, orthopedics, and neurology. Whenever necessary, specialists from across the spectrum of care will work together to meet the needs of our young urology patients.
About Our TeamThe Pediatric Urology Program at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is recognized nationwide for our comprehensive medical and surgical management of the full range of urinary problems in children. From the simple to the complex, our team is highly skilled and experienced in treating and managing all pediatric urologic and genital disorders. Under the direction of Joseph G. Barone, MD, Chief of Pediatric Urology, our pediatric urology team provides the highest quality services with unsurpassed experience and expertise, remaining skilled in all the latest developments and techniques in the field. Our urologists are board-certified, have completed fellowship training in pediatric urology, and are leaders in their field. They are joined by a team of specialized nurses and ancillary staff who are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to our youngest patients. Dr. Barone and his team have treated children from all over the world for complex conditions, including surgical reconstruction of the urinary tract. This complicated procedure – a specialty of Dr. Barone’s – uses a patient’s own intestines to build a new urinary bladder. Dr. Barone also performed New Jersey’s first robotic pediatric kidney reconstruction procedure. Our program’s physicians, nurses, and other caregivers are not only experienced in treating the unique urinary problems that occur in children, but they have also achieved a special level of expertise in communicating with youngsters and their families about their conditions, treatment plans, and the issues they may face.
Innovation and AdvancementOur Pediatric Urology Program is committed to improving the health of our patients through our active involvement in clinical research studies. These efforts help us expand our understanding of urinary and genital disorders as well as our exposure to leading edge treatment techniques. We have been involved in pioneering studies that have advanced the practice of pediatric urology, and our findings have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Through our program’s investigative efforts, Dr. Joseph Barone and his staff have developed a unique level of expertise in the state-of-the-art Deflux procedure. This minimally-invasive procedure makes it possible for children to avoid open surgery, repeated catheterizations, and other often unpleasant treatments. The Pediatric Urology Program at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has performed more Deflux procedures than the majority of facilities in the country and serves as a teaching center providing instruction to many established pediatric urologists.