Medical Specialties

Information for Before and After Surgery - Urology

Pediatric Urology at Phoenix Children's Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality urological care to the children of Arizona and the southwestern United States. Our surgeons are all fully-qualified, fellowship-trained pediatric urologists. They are recognized for their special expertise in treating the urological problems of neonates, infants, children and teenagers.

Most common urologic surgical procedures:

  • Circumcision: The surgical removal of some or all of the foreskin (prepuce) from the penis.
  • Cystoscopy: It is an endoscopy of the urinary bladder via the urethra. It is carried out with an instrument called a cystoscope.
  • Hypospadius: The goal of surgical correction is to reconstruct a straight penis with a urethral opening as close to the tip of the penis as possible.
  • Nephrectomy: A surgical removal of a kidney.
  • Orchiopexy: A surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there.
  • Pyeloplasty: The surgical reconstruction of the renal pelvis (a part of the kidney) to drain and decompress the kidney. In nearly all cases, the goal of the surgery is to relieve a uretero-pelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction.
  • Ureteral reimplants: The original ureter is surgically re-positioned or reimplanted in the bladder wall. The end of the ureter is surrounded by bladder muscle in this new position, which prevents urine from backing up (refluxing) toward the bladder.
  • Ureteral stent placement: A thin tube inserted into the ureter to prevent or treat obstruction of the urine flow from the kidney.
Outpatient procedures
  • Excision hydrocele
  • Meatoplasty
  • Repair of buried penis/penile torsion/chordee repair
  • Scrotoplasty

Here are some recommended tips for your child before and after surgery.

Before Surgery

Important Notes:

Make sure to keep the office staff up to date with any changes to your phone number, address, insurance, or a change in your primary care physician. We may need to reach you regarding prior authorization of your child's procedure or changes to your arrival time at the surgical facility.

Do not give your child Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen, or aspirin for 14 days prior to surgery. Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay to use.

Any symptoms of illness (fever, rash, cold) within a week of surgery are important for us to know. Our staff will help you determine whether or not your child is healthy enough for surgery. Call the office (602) 279-1697 during office hours, 9:00am to 4:30pm, to discuss your child's symptoms.

Tips for the Day of Surgery:

Your doctor's surgery scheduler will give you important information on what your child may eat or drink before surgery. Make sure that you understand the feeding instructions and follow them carefully. If your child eats or drinks after the given times, surgery may be cancelled or delayed.

Bring for your child:

  • Pacifier or special blanket to help comfort your child
  • Change of loose clothes for your child to wear home

Bring for yourself:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Insurance card for your child
  • Any activity you enjoy to pass the time
  • Snacks (Please do not eat in front of your child)

A parent or legal guardian must be present at the surgical facility before, during, and after surgery.

It is best, when possible, to make arrangements for siblings to stay home on the day of surgery. This allows you to fully participate in your child's care.

After Surgery

Check out these post-operative instructions for your child's procedure:

Contact Us

For any questions or to make an appointment, please call (602) 279-1697.

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