... one of the most varied branches of surgery, encompassing diseases of kidneys, bladder and prostate to include incontinence, impotence, infertility, cancer and reconstruction of the genito-urinary tract. It encompasses patients of both sexes and all ages, from newborn infants to elderly pensioners.
Over the last 20 years, urology has become one of the most innovative surgical specialties. Urologists use traditional surgical methods but have also pioneered the most modern high-tech, fibreoptic and endoscopic techniques (sometimes called minimally-invasive surgery). We were one of the first specialties to use "keyhole" surgery.and we still retain the most comprehensive array of minimally-invasive techniques for patients.
GP referrals for urological problems have increased by 20% over the last 20 years. However, the number of patients who need to undergo urological surgery for their condition has fallen to 10-12% (between 1 in 8 and 1 in 10). If you are referred to a urologist, therefore, it is not inevitable that you will need an operation.
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