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Pediatric Urology Treatments at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

If your child is suffering from a urologic condition, you need an expert care center with specialists who have extensive experience in pediatric urology. At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, you will find an experienced and compassionate team, dedicated to helping your child through treatment and recovery.

Perhaps you have tried nonsurgical methods to treat your child's urologic condition, without success. If surgery is necessary, your child may be a candidate for a robotic surgical procedure. We are the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area offering robotic-assisted urologic procedures for children.

Robotic Surgery: Pediatric Urologic Conditions We Treat

Our fellowship-trained surgeons treat many pediatric urologic conditions including:

  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction: a blockage in the area that connects the kidneys to the ureters (the tubes that move urine to the bladder)
  • Kidney disease including kidney cancer
  • Vesicoureteral reflux: a bladder abnormality that causes urine to flow back toward the kidney
  • Advanced urologic reconstructive procedures

Robotic Procedures We Perform

At St. Joseph’s Hospitals, our expert surgeon is highly experienced in performing these complex urologic procedures. Pediatric urologic surgeries we perform include:

  • Urinary Obstruction (Pyeloplasty): If your child has a urinary obstruction, your doctor may recommend robotic surgery to treat it. A pyeloplasty removes the blockage in the urinary system. During the surgery, the surgeon reattaches the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy part of the ureter.
  • Nephrectomy: Nephrectomy refers to the surgical removal of a kidney.
  • Partial nephrectomy: The surgeon removes the diseased portion of the kidney, leaving the healthy tissue in place.

Nephrectomy
If your child suffers from a blockage of the ureters or from kidney cancer, your doctor may recommend a nephrectomy. The da Vinci® Surgical System for kidney procedures combines the expertise and techniques of an open procedure with a robotic-assisted, minimally invasive approach.

Ureteral Reimplantation
Your surgeon may recommend ureteral reimplantation surgery to treat vesicoureteral reflux. This condition occurs when an abnormally positioned ureter allows urine to flow back toward the kidney, instead of entering the bladder. Vesicoureteral reflux can lead to kidney damage and even kidney failure. During ureteral reimplantation surgery, your surgeon repositions, or reimplants the ureter. This prevents the urine from backing up. 

Reconstructive Surgery
Our expert surgeons perform complex urologic reconstructive procedures. Your child may require surgical reconstruction of the kidney or bladder, perhaps due to a condition that developed even before birth.

Our medical team will explain in detail about the procedure, and will take the time to answer any questions you or your child may have. You can feel confident knowing you chose a compassionate care center with the expertise and experience you and your child need. Our goal is to get your child back to doing the activities he or she loves, pain-free.

Ethan G. Polsky, MD (Pediatric Urology)

Ethan G. Polsky, MD, specializes in pediatric urology and pediatric urology surgery using advanced laparoscopic, minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques. Dr. Polsky is a partner at Children’s Urology Group, with offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Ft. Myers. He is board certified in adult and pediatric urology, with a Certificate of Added Qualification in pediatric urology. Dr. Polsky is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). 

Dr. Polsky received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, an MS in molecular biology from St. Louis University and his MD from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in urologic surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Dr. Polsky then completed a pediatric urology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC, with training in advanced laparoscopic procedures for pediatric urology. Schedule an appointment: (813) 874-7500



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