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Urology Services at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson

Talking about cancer diagnosis, treatment, and management, bladder problems or sexual dysfunction can be difficult. But at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, we focus on making you feel comfortable and curing you of your urologic disease.

Conditions we regularly see and treat include:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Ureteral and urethral strictures
  • Kidney stones
  • Overactive bladder and incontinence
  • Pelvic floor disorders and pelvic prolapse
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Penile cancer
  • Testis cancer
  • Adrenal masses
  • Infertility
  • Penile prosthesis
  • Artificial Urinary Sphincter
  • Elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA)

Urologic Oncology Multi-Disciplinary Care

Bringing together expertise in robotic surgery for nerve sparing robotic prostatectomy, robotic partial nephrectomy for renal masses, robotic cystectomy for muscle invasive bladder cancer, and robotic adrenalectomy for complex cancers,  ur world class urologic surgeons provide complicated, multi-disciplinary cancer care. Together with medical oncology, radiation oncology, the latest clinical trials, each patient has an individualized treatment plan formulated.

Kidney Stone Disease Program

The Kidney Stone Disease Program at the University of Arizona and Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South provides expert treatment for kidney stones, including all aspects of care. Our surgeons develop treatments to aid spontaneous passage of stones, surgical intervention when necessary and a focus on determining the metabolic cause of stone disease in each individual patient in order to develop personalized prevention plans. We are a high-volume center and are comfortable treating all stone-related conditions from the routine to the most complex cases. Our surgeons are experts in flexible ureteroscopy, shockwave lithotripsy and percutaneous approaches to stone surgery, ensuring that you have all possible options available to you. In addition, we are actively involved in research into the prevention of stone disease, and the role of endotoxin in sepsis. We will provide you with the latest information and approaches.

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Our surgeons are experts in the use of the da Vinci robotic surgical system for complex pelvic prolapse surgery to ensure that you have all the best options available. Surgery can include minimally invasive slings, open surgery or laparoscopic/robotic approaches.

Our team includes six female nurse practitioners with expertise in caring for women’s urologic problems. Together with our surgeons, they help ensure patients receive professional, understanding, and discrete care for their problems.

Our department has developed minimally invasive surgical techniques to harvest a patient’s own tissue from the thigh muscles (autologous fascia) and use it to perform repair of vaginal prolapse either through the vagina or robotically through the abdomen to avoid using foreign material such as synthetic mesh. We are one of a few centers in the country - and the only hospital in the Southwest - that routinely offers autologous fascia vaginal prolapse repair without use of synthetic mesh. Additionally, our surgeons routinely perform the autologous (non-mesh) sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence.

We also employ the latest diagnostic strategies and technology available to accurately diagnose the underlying problem. Treatment options include behavioral modification, medications, physical therapy and state of the art surgery when necessary. We are able to perform all diagnostic studies in our clinic, including urodynamics, pelvic floor physical therapy, fluoroscopic urodynamics, retrograde urethrograms and flexible cystoscopy.

Male Voiding Dysfunction & Reconstructive Surgery

Male voiding dysfunction can include many problems including the need to urinate too frequently, difficulty urinating from an enlarged prostate, urinary leakage from a prior surgery or other condition, and/or urethral stricture disease. These problems require expert evaluation and treatment. 

We specialize in the most advanced surgical techniques for prostate deobstruction such as the Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP). We have reconstruction specialists to cover all aspects of male reconstruction including, placement of Artificial Urinary Sphincters and Inflatable Penile Prosthesis. Our providers include multiple fellowship trained urologists seasoned in the management and repair of complex urological pathologies including: urethral stricture disease, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, and urethral strictures in addition to post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence and impotence. When surgery is necessary for urethral stricture disease or for incontinence issues, our surgeons are among the few that can routinely perform these complex reconstructive surgeries. This ensures that you will receive the best possible care. 

Academic Medicine Difference

The partnership between Banner Health and the University of Arizona brings clinical care delivery, education and research to the forefront of the patient experience.