Urological Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital offers a variety of non-surgical urological treatment options to both male and female patients. Here is a brief overview of our non-surgical treatments:
- Electrical stimulation – The application of gentle electrical currents to the pelvic or lower back muscles (which help facilitate urination) to treat patients with overactive bladder or incontinence.
- Hormone therapy – The intentional decrease of testosterone levels in male patients to slow the development of prostate cancer cells. In female patients, hormone replacement therapy is used as treatment for certain urological conditions.
- Sacral neuromodulation – The application of electronic pulses, delivered by an implantable device, near the sacral nerve to calm the neural activity that affects the lower urinary track, pelvic floor, colon, and anal and urinary sphincters. This urological treatment is often performed for patients experiencing urinary and fecal incontinence.
- Pelvic Botox – The injection of Botox (botulinum toxin) to help relieve tightness and prevent spasms in the pelvic muscles.
- Pelvic floor physical therapy – A regimen of gentle exercises and non-invasive therapies to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Pharmacological treatment – The use of medications to treat urological conditions.
- Radiofrequency ablation – The use of localized radiofrequency energy to destroy cancerous cells in inoperable tumors and preserve surrounding healthy tissue. In urology, this treatment is often used to address kidney tumors.
- Urodynamic testing – The evaluation of bladder function and efficiency, which is used to help determine an optimal course of treatment for patients with urinary incontinence and other conditions.
Each patient’s ideal course of treatment will depend on the type and extent of the condition, as well as his or her healthcare preferences. To discuss urological treatment options with a urology specialist, see Tampa General Hospital’s PhysicianFinder.