Comprehensive urologic care in Richmond, VA.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital provides comprehensive urology care for patients suffering from various urologic conditions. Our urology specialists work closely with our patients to develop individualized treatment plans that include both medical and surgical approaches.
Richmond’s most experienced urological surgeons
With over 75 years of experience, our board-certified physicians offer the most cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical options in the area.
As part of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, the da Vinci Surgical system at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital’s Center for Urological Health enables our skilled surgeons to have enhanced vision of the surgical area, providing more precision during your procedure.
Designed to ensure our patients receive the best possible surgical outcomes, the minimally invasive robotic surgery provides many benefits to our patients that include small incisions, less scarring, less pain and quick recovery.
Urologic conditions we treat
Specializing in urology care for conditions of the male and female urinary tract, our goal is to provide you with the best care possible, allowing for the best possible outcomes, and restoring your quality of life. Our urologists in Richmond, Virginia treat a variety of urological conditions, including but not limited to:
- Bladder disorders
- Bladder cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- General urological conditions
- Kidney stone management
- Kidney disease
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Prostate diseases & prostate cancer
- Testicular conditions
- Urinary incontinence for males and female
- Urinary tract infections
Urinary incontinence, also known as bladder leakage, occurs when pelvic tissue and muscles have weakened, causing the urethra and bladder to pull out of their normal positions. Symptoms include involuntary leakage and increased frequency or pain during urination.
Urinary incontinence affects about 1 in 3 women.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
- Physical action such as sneezing, laughing and lifting
- Sudden, intense need to urinate, even if you just urinated.
- Combination of stress and urge incontinence
- Overflow, caused by the bladder never fully emptying.
- Mental or physical condition that keeps you from getting to the bathroom in time.
Common causes of urinary incontinence
Factors influencing urinary incontinence are varied, and can include age, gender, race and family history. Pregnancy is a major factor in female urinary incontinence, with a vaginal delivery (especially operative or if you pushed for more than one hour) being an important precursor. Hysterectomy can also lead to urinary incontinence after the procedure.
There are contributing lifestyle factors that can also increase one's risk for urinary incontinence. These factors include physical activity, smoking, obesity, diet, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and chronic constipation. Many of these can be managed with lifestyle adjustments that will help provide relief.
From simple solutions to enhanced procedures, the experts at Henrico Doctors' Hospital are here to address your individual concerns. Treatments can range from medications, to physical therapy or to in-office or outpatient surgery.
Some of the treatments and procedures performed include:
- Pelvic physical therapy and rehabilitation - May include pelvic floor and core muscle exercises, electrical stimulation, manual therapy techniques and ultrasound to strengthen and/or re-train muscles that support the bladder and restore its function.
- Biofeedback – using electrodes to gather information on how your bladder works or doesn’t work, your doctor gives you feedback on how to manage the processes and regain control.
- Bladder Botox injection – an injection of Botox into the bladder, causing it to expand, increasing storage capacity and decreasing urgency.
- Non-mesh surgical options – a specialty at the Center for Pelvic Excellence.
- Placement of midurethral support – using minimally invasive procedures, a small strip of woven polypropylene is placed under the urethra to improve support and stop stress incontinence.
- Sacral nerve stimulation – a small implanted device delivers electrical stimulation of the nerves affecting the bladder to manage the urge to urinate.
- Neuromodulation of bladder - uses electrical impulses to help the bladder work normally.