Robotic Urological Surgery Comes to New London, Westerly [Urology]

 

Urologic diseases affect more than 20 million men, women, and children in the United States. Yale Medicine Urology, named one of the nation’s best urology programs by U.S. News & World Report, cares for adults and children with conditions that affect the bladder, kidneys, pelvic floor, penis, testicles, and urinary tract. Some urologic conditions are present at birth, and others develop over time.

Whether for a routine checkup or highly specialized care, our urologists and caregivers provide the most advanced treatment, grounded in research. Our urologists are leaders in the fields of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, as well as men’s health. Our oncology team has made key research breakthroughs in the treatment of metastatic bladder cancer and kidney cancer. In addition, we offer specialized care for kidney disease, incontinence, stone disease, sexual medicine, neurogenic bladder, transgender care, and reconstructive surgery after trauma.

Our Services

We use the most advanced technology and procedures to give our patients the best care available. Our urologists offer Artemis MRI-ultrasound fusion for prostate biopsy, advanced imaging, laparoscopic and daVinci Si robotic surgery, Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP), as well as UroLift and GreenLight laser procedures.

Our doctors and the hospitals where we provide care rank among the best in the country. In addition to providing treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, we also have offices located in communities across Connecticut.

Above all, at Yale Medicine Urology, we believe in the importance of the patient-doctor relationship. It is the cornerstone of what we do—provide compassionate, quality urologic care to every patient, every day.

Our Team

A multidisciplinary team of urologists, specialty-trained nurses, caregivers, and support staff will take care of patients and their families.

The urologist leads the care team, providing a diagnosis and treatment recommendations, as well as performing surgery, if needed, and overseeing the patient’s recovery and postsurgical care.

The nurse coordinator is the patient’s advocate and care manager throughout care. Studies show that using nurse coordinators can reduce the length of hospital stays and enhance patient outcomes.

Practice nurses provide the day-to-day care during clinical appointments or hospital stays. They administer medications, track vital signs, review general test results, respond to patients’ specific needs, and report to other members of the team. They are available around the clock to answer questions and to help patients through their care.

The intake specialist helps to ensure patients are ready in advance of their appointment and have all forms and records completed and sent in advance. Intake specialists are experts at understanding the patient appointment and transfer process.

If faced with a diagnosis of cancer, a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist create a personalized plan to treat cancer through nonsurgical methods, including drug and hormone treatments, and radiation therapy. Many of our medical and radiation oncologists lead clinical research studies exploring advanced, targeted, and novel treatments. If surgery is not an appropriate treatment, a medical oncologist will be the primary physician, in close collaboration with the patient’s urologist and a radiation oncologist.

A research nurse oversees participation in clinical trials, along with the principal investigator (PI) or lead physician for the study. They are responsible for ensuring compliance and patient care through a clinical trial. For patients participating in a clinical trial, their research nurse and physician make certain that care follows the study's standards and that those standards are consistent with the patients’ needs.

Pharmacists work with the care team to make sure patients are given the proper medicine, at the proper dosage, without adverse effects. Pharmacists are always available to answer any questions about medications and their interactions with other medicines.

A social worker is there for emotional support and practical advice in getting through an emotionally charged and difficult period for patients and their loved ones. For pediatric patients, a social worker will also work with the child's school to ensure that he or she gets the support needed to function well in the classroom.

Patient relations staff are here to help patients and their family members with questions, concerns, or any unmet needs. Whether arranging transportation or tracking down a spare toothbrush, it is their job to make the stay as easy and comfortable as possible.

Our Programs

Female Urology Program

Male Urology Program

Pediatric Urology Program

Specialty Programs

Stone Disease Program

Urologic Oncology Program