Quality & Outcomes: Pediatric Urology

The SLUCare Division of Pediatric Urology receives hundreds of clinic visits each year and delivers more than 400 outpatient services annually. Our innovative treatment options and multi-disciplinary approach to patient care makes us a go-to destination for children diagnosed with urinary tract or kidney problems.

We are national leaders in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures, which allow for faster, less painful recoveries and almost invisible scars. In addition, a collaborative effort with the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute enables our pediatric urologists to detect critical urologic issues in babies prior to birth.

Specialized Urology Programs and Services

Voiding Dysfunction Program

For children diagnosed with dysfunctional voiding, we offer a stepwise approach which outlines specific behavioral modifications along with medical intervention, as needed. It is the only program of its kind in the region to offer pediatric biofeedback therapy, a way to help your child better understand how the body works and how to control it in healthier ways. We do this on-campus through the use of state-of-the-art urodynamic systems. Botox bladder treatments also are available for children with severe voiding problems.

Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)

For children with primary VUR that causes a backward flow of urine from the bladder to the kidneys, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon offers endoscopic treatment with Deflux injections. The outpatient procedure avoids surgery and has a very high success rate.

Adult Congenital Urology Program

To enable a smooth transition of care as a child becomes an adult, the Division of Pediatric Urology and reconstructive urologists at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital offer a collaborative program for patients with long-term urologic conditions.

Fetal Care

As part of the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, our pediatric urologists often meet with the parents-to-be prior to the birth of their child to outline a treatment plan and answer any questions. The urology team works closely with the obstetricians, neonatologists, nephrologists and other specialists involved and conduct regular conferences to discuss shared patient cases.

Research

The division is in the process of conducting research on urinary tract infection and vesicoureteral reflux in pre-pubertal girls. Over the course of this study, the team demonstrated the ability to non-invasively sample and characterize the perineal and vulvar microflora in pre-pubertal girls. This lays the groundwork for future studies that will focus on alterations in the microflora associated with urinary tract infections and antibiotic treatment.

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