Urologic Treatments and Procedures

Our specialists at Hahnemann University Hospital are dedicated to providing you with individualized treatment and rehabilitation plans to get you on the road to recovery. We take great pride in making sure you receive advanced treatments and procedures for all urological conditions. Below are common treatments for urological conditions that we may see at Hahnemann.

Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer

Chemotherapy for prostate cancer uses oral and injected anti-cancer drugs to treat cancer. It is typically given in cycles that last a few weeks followed by a rest period.


Cholecystectomy is surgical removal of the gallbladder. It is done to reduce pain and infection from repeated bouts with gallstones.


Circumcision is removal of the foreskin of the penis. It is done for both religious and health reasons.

Cryosurgery (Also Called Cryoablation)

A procedure in which tissue is frozen to destroy abnormal cells. This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.

Cystoscopy for Women

Cystoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible, lighted tube, called a cystoscope, is inserted into the urethra to visualize the inside of the bladder. It can also be used to irrigate, suction and biopsy the bladder.

High-Dose Rate (HDR) Remote Brachytherapy

A type of internal radiation treatment in which the radioactive source is removed between treatments. Also called high-dose-rate remote radiation therapy or remote brachytherapy.

Hormonal Therapy

Treatment that adds, blocks, or removes hormones. For certain conditions (such as diabetes or menopause), hormones are given to adjust low hormone levels. To slow or stop the growth of certain cancers (such as prostate and breast cancer), synthetic hormones or other drugs may be given to block the body’s natural hormones. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the gland that makes a certain hormone. Also called hormone therapy, hormone treatment, or endocrine therapy.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy

A type of three-dimensional radiation therapy that uses computer-generated images to show the size and shape of the tumor. Thin beams of radiation of different intensities are aimed at the tumor from many angles. This type of radiation therapy reduces the damage to healthy tissue near the tumor.


Laparoscopy is a procedure that passes a thin, lighted tube through an incision into the abdomen to view internal organs. It can be used to locate cysts and infections, as well as procure tissue for biopsy.


Lithotripsy is a procedure in which shock waves are passed over the kidney area. These shock waves break up kidney stones so they may more easily be passed through the urinary system.

Radical Prostatectomy

A radical prostatectomy is surgical removal of the prostate gland and any surrounding lymph nodes that have been affected by cancer. We offer robotic removal, which offers the potential for less bleeding, decreased pain and a quicker recovery.

Seed Implants

Radioactive seed implants, also called brachytherapy, are a newer method of radiation treatment that delivers radiation internally by implanting small radioactive pellets directly into the prostate. The radioactive seeds are implanted either temporarily or permanently. The permanent form of implantation is most commonly used.

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a procedure in which portions of an enlarged prostate are removed through the penis using a resectoscope, or a thin, lighted instrument.


A vasectomy is a procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm are closed or blocked.

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