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Pediatric Urology is a subspecialty of pediatrics concerned with the disorders that impair function of the urinary system.
At UF Health, our pediatric urologists care for fetuses with urologic abnormalities diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound. We also frequently care for prepubescent females with genital issues. While most pediatric urology patients are younger than 18 years of age, our pediatric urologists also care for adults with congenital urologic abnormalities and/or reconstructive issues.
With some of the country’s leading specialists and researchers, our pediatric team is focused on bringing the latest research and most innovative treatments to patients. Families come to UF from across the state and country for the type of care offered here. UF has one of only a few centers for proton beam radiation in the country, a congenital heart disease center and experts in pediatric surgery and diabetes, to name a few.
Conditions and treatments
At UF Health, our pediatric urologists care for fetuses that have urologic abnormalities diagnosed on prenatal ultrasound and frequently care for prepubescent females with genital issues. While most pediatric urology patients are younger than 18 years of age, adults with congenital urologic abnormalities and/or reconstructive issues are also cared for by pediatric urologists.
We provide surgical and reconstructive services for a number of conditions.
- Bladder exstrophy and epispadias
- Cloacal anomalies
- Penile abnormalities
- Pediatric stone disease
- Sexual differentiation
- Undescended testicles
- Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Surgical management of neuropathic bladder
We also offer minimally invasive, leading-edge treatment modalities for children with urological abnormalities, including endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.
As part of the UF College of Medicine, our division also maintains an NIH-funded, basic science research program focused on determining the mechanisms of irreversible kidney injury that occur as a consequence of urinary tract obstruction and discovering new therapeutic strategies to potentially reverse or ameliorate this process.
Our pediatric continence center evaluates and treats children who cannot control the release of urine from their bladder. We provide urodynamic testing and biofeedback training.
UF Health Shands Children's Hospital is located within UF Health Shands Hospital and is the second-largest children's hospital in Florida. It is the only comprehensive pediatric facility in North Central Florida.