1. March 26, 2024

    Treating male urinary incontinence using the artificial urinary sphincter

    Mayo Clinic has the world's largest databank of patients with artificial urinary sphincters — more than 3,000 — and its physicians have implanted more AUS devices than any other institution worldwide.

  2. March 26, 2024

    Mayo Clinic Urology awarded grants to study practice and treatment patterns in the specialty

    Urologists Kevin Koo, M.D., M.P.H, and Kevin M. Wymer, M.D., have been awarded competitive grants by the American Urological Association (AUA) to study practice and treatment patterns in urology.

  3. Feb. 10, 2024

    Advancements in prostatectomy: Single-port robotic technique optimizes patient benefits

    Mayo Clinic researchers' single-port robotic prostatectomy delivers precise surgery with fewer incisions than the traditional multiport method, providing the potential for less pain and shorter hospital stays.

  4. Jan. 20, 2024

    Lutetium-177 shows significant rPFS benefit for metastatic prostate cancer

    Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer presents treatment challenges, including the side effects of chemotherapy. Mayo Clinic researchers find that lutetium-177 prolongs radiographic progression-free survival i[...]

  5. Jan. 11, 2024

    Multidisciplinary, expert and innovative care for children with Wilms tumor

    While kidney cancer is rare in children, Wilms tumor is the most common type of kidney cancer in kids. With the right care team, meticulous surgeons and cutting-edge research, children get top-of-the-line treatment at M[...]

  6. Dec. 21, 2023

    Endoscopic buccal mucosal grafting for radiation-induced membranous urethral strictures

    Nick Warner, M.D., a urologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has developed a technique to treat radiation-induced membranous urethral strictures, which is a challenging complication of radiation therapy for pr[...]

  7. Dec. 21, 2023

    Healthcare costs associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia

    BPH is a costly condition to treat, with individuals paying $1,500 or more each year. However, studies show that there are significant variations in costs based on the surgical management.

  8. June 13, 2023

    Mayo Clinic in Minnesota marks its 350th in-office vasectomy reversal

    The Mayo Clinic Men's Health team has performed over 350 in-office vasectomy reversals. A new operating microscope that is used for the procedure helps improve precision and patient outcomes.

  9. June 13, 2023

    Novel treatment for strictures of the distal penile urethra and fossa navicularis

    New surgical procedure for treating strictures of the distal penile urethra and fossa navicularis improves patient outcomes both for functionality and cosmetic appearance.

  10. June 13, 2023

    Sacral neuromodulation in the male patient

    Although sacral neuromodulation (SNM) historically is used to treat refractory overactive bladder and nonobstructive urinary retention in females, a urology consultant at Mayo Clinic is successfully implementing this th[...]

  11. March 03, 2023

    Mayo Clinic researchers awarded federal grant to study inflammatory pathways in kidney stone disease

    Mayo Clinic urologist Kevin Koo, M.D., M.P.H., was awarded a three-year research grant from the NIDDK to study the role of inflammatory pathways in kidney stone formation.

  12. March 03, 2023

    Implementation of transperineal biopsy clinic

    The transperineal approach involves passing needles through the perineum versus the rectum, which significantly lowers the risk of infection and improves precision.

  13. Dec. 13, 2022

    Partial nephrectomy associated with lower rates of chronic kidney disease stage progression

    A recent Mayo Clinic study retrospectively evaluates patients undergoing either radical nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy for unilateral solid renal masses.

  14. Dec. 13, 2022

    Transurethral dorsal buccal graft urethroplasty for proximal female urethral strictures

    Mayo Clinic urologists published results about a new technique using a buccal graft to manage mid and proximal female urethral strictures.

  15. Dec. 13, 2022

    Lymph node dissection during radical cystectomy for patients with nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer

    A recent study found that patients with NMIBC who are undergoing radical cystectomy also should receive a lymph node dissection.

  16. Nov. 30, 2022

    Kidney-sparing therapy for low-grade upper tract urothelial cancer

    In a multicenter phase 3 study, researchers identified a kidney-sparing therapy for patients with a rare urologic cancer. Mayo Clinic experts enhanced the mitomycin-containing reverse thermal gel for safety and fewer ad[...]

  17. Oct. 14, 2022

    Treating pediatric patients with primary and recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma

    Through a clinical trial, Mayo Clinic treats pediatric patients with primary and recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma, offering a cutting-edge treatment option for relapsed disease.

  18. May 21, 2022

    Transurethral incision with transverse mucosal realignment surgery, simple solution for a complex problem

    A team of Mayo Clinic urologists spearhead same-day treatment for bladder neck contractures that doesn't require incisions and reduces patient recovery time.

  19. May 21, 2022

    New technique prevents reservoir migration during penile prosthesis surgery

    Mayo Clinic doctors invented a technique, called THALIA, to prevent fluid reservoir migration during penile implant surgery, which increases the safety of this procedure.

  20. May 21, 2022

    Microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) more accessible for couples who are infertile

    Microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) performed on men with nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA) who are infertile puts IVF and ICSI within reach. MicroTESE can be done in an office setting, helping save sur[...]

  21. Feb. 22, 2022

    Single-port robotics reduce incisions, may lead to less pain and quicker recovery from prostatectomy

    In this Q&A, the chair of the Mayo Clinic Robotics Subcommittee discusses the advantages of single-port technology for patients receiving prostatectomy.

  22. Feb. 22, 2022

    Ureteroenteric stricture: Advanced reconstructive solutions following urinary diversion

    Mayo Clinic specialists have achieved safe and durable robot-assisted ureteroenteric anastomotic stricture (UES) reconstructive outcomes, including markedly reduced major complications, reduced length of hospitalization[...]

  23. Feb. 22, 2022

    Spinal anesthesia for pediatric urologic surgeries: Less is more

    Compared with children having the same procedures performed under general anesthesia, pediatric patients who received spinal anesthesia had shorter anesthesia time, surgical time and recovery room length of stay.

  24. Nov. 19, 2021

    Scoring system helps patients evaluate providers' qualifications for vasectomy reversal

    A novel scoring system helps patients evaluate options for vasectomy reversal based on providers' qualifications and basic information that can be found online, such as risk, cost and alternatives.

  25. Nov. 19, 2021

    Creation of a biomarker-augmented metastases score

    Adding biomarkers Bcl-2 interacting mediator of cell death (BIM) and survivin to previously created clinical metastases scores may improve the prediction of cancer-specific survival.

  26. Nov. 19, 2021

    Mayo Clinic urologists awarded governor's proclamation recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Minnesota

    Prostate cancer is treatable and potentially curable when detected early. National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month encourages men to discuss screening with their doctors and make decisions together.

  27. Nov. 19, 2021

    Bipolar enucleation of the prostate for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia

    In this Q&A, urologist J. (Nick) Nicholas Warner, M.D., discusses bipolar enucleation of the prostate (BipolEP). Ideal candidates for bipolar enucleation have a larger prostate or urinary retention.

  28. Aug. 21, 2021

    High-intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of prostate cancer

    High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) allows specialists to treat only the area of the most aggressive tumor while leaving the rest of the prostate and its surrounding structures alone.

  29. Aug. 21, 2021

    Simplified patient dismissal instructions improve patient experience following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy

    Patients who received more-understandable dismissal instructions following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy were significantly less likely to call with clarifying questions or have an emergency department visit.

  30. Aug. 21, 2021

    Patients with history of pelvic radiation can receive revision surgery for artificial urinary sphincter

    Researchers found no significant difference in outcomes between patients with and patients without a history of radiation who received revision of an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS).

  31. May 22, 2021

    Study assesses cost-effectiveness of pembrolizumab for treatment of bacillus Calmette-Guerin-unresponsive bladder carcinoma in situ

    Research confirms that pembrolizumab at current pricing is not cost-effective for patients with bladder cancer that has proved unresponsive to bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) treatment.

  32. May 22, 2021

    National patterns of filled prescriptions and third line treatment use for privately insured women with overactive bladder

    Referral to specialists may close a gap in care for women who do not have success with oral therapies for overactive bladder.

  33. May 22, 2021

    Development of urosymphyseal fistula in posterior urethral stenosis

    Research supports that patients who develop posterior urethral stenosis and urosymphyseal fistula following salvage radiation after prostatectomy can achieve a durable restoration of quality of life.

  34. Feb. 05, 2021

    Ureteral injury malpractice compensation highest in cases of patient-perceived delays, inadequate workup and failure of supervision

    Multiple studies suggest that iatrogenic ureteral injuries, while uncommon, make up a disproportionate number of litigation claims. Gynecology and urology are the specialties most commonly named.

  35. Feb. 05, 2021

    Hydronephrosis and bladder cancer

    Retrospective research does not support an increased risk of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) in patients receiving preoperative ureteral stenting for hydronephrosis requiring drainage prior to cystectomy.

  36. Feb. 05, 2021

    High-risk nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer

    In a phase III clinical trial, 53% of patients with nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) in the carcinoma in situ cohort had a complete response within three months of treatment.

  37. Nov. 20, 2020

    Therapeutic sequencing improves outcomes for patients with progressive mCRPC

    Researchers investigated the long-term oncologic outcomes of three chemotherapy regimens in patients who had previously experienced disease progression after treatment with a novel androgen receptor inhibitor.

  38. Nov. 20, 2020

    Men's Health moves many operative procedures into the office

    Mayo Clinic's Men's Health specialists now perform testicular sperm extraction, circumcision, scrotoplasty, orchiopexy, hydrocelectomy, and spermatocelectomy or epididymal cyst excision and epididymectomy in-office, wit[...]

  39. Nov. 20, 2020

    COVID-19 adjustments impact Urology Residency training

    Boyd R. Viers, M.D., associate program director of the Urology Residency program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses pandemic-related changes in the program.

  40. Sept. 15, 2020

    New research indicates maintenance bacillus Calmette-Guerin is not cost-effective for all patients with intermediate- and high-risk nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer

    New research supports prioritizing bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) for induction therapy during shortages and reserving maintenance BCG for patients at the highest risk of progression.

  41. Sept. 15, 2020

    Integrating telemedicine into the Mayo Clinic Urology practice to expand options for patients

    The COVID-19 pandemic provided opportunities to explore telemedicine consults with adult and pediatric urology patients.

  42. Sept. 15, 2020

    Standardized postoperative opioid prescribing significantly reduces use following urologic surgery

    Prescribing patterns four months after guideline implementation were reduced to a median quantity of 100 OME (roughly 13 5 mg oxycodone tablets) compared with 150 OME before implementation.

  43. Feb. 22, 2020

    Percutaneous biopsy of suspicious upper tract lesions a safe diagnostic strategy

    A retrospective review of patients who received percutaneous image-guided core-needle biopsy for diagnosis of upper tact urothelial carcinoma supports that the process is safe and well tolerated by those patients.

  44. Feb. 22, 2020

    Optimal sequencing of commonly used medications for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer

    Research supports the use of docetaxel before enzalutamide or abiraterone as the primary first line therapy for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

  45. Feb. 22, 2020

    Mayo Clinic's approach to Peyronie's disease: Nonsurgical interventions

    Mayo specialists consider three key points when determining optimal treatments for patients with Peyronie's disease: baseline erectile function, duration of symptoms and level of invasiveness the patient will consider.

  46. Nov. 05, 2019

    Ultrasound-guided transperineal prostate biopsy

    Mayo Clinic specialists perform transperineal biopsy, which helps to accurately diagnose prostate cancer in patients with lesions or past complications and limits the infectious complications associated with transrectal[...]

  47. Nov. 05, 2019

    Pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma: Research and new treatment options

    A new trial of adjuvant surgical treatment with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) specifically addresses pediatric patients with relapsed intra-abdominal and pelvic rhabdomyosarcoma.

  48. Nov. 05, 2019

    Adjuvant radiation for patients with positive margins after prostatectomy decreases local recurrence; no difference in overall survival

    Research indicates adjuvant radiation for patients with positive surgical margins after prostatectomy decreases local recurrence with no difference in overall survival.

  49. Aug. 27, 2019

    Artificial urinary sphincter placement: Innovations and practices

    Mayo Clinic's minimal-touch protocol for artificial urinary sphincter placement minimizes perineal and abdominal skin exposure to decrease the rate of device infection.

  50. Aug. 27, 2019

    Idiopathic chronic scrotal content pain: Q and A with Matt Ziegelmann, M.D.

    There are no standardized guidelines for evaluation and management of chronic scrotal content pain, but a consistent algorithm for evaluation and management can improve patients' quality of life.

  51. Aug. 27, 2019

    New analysis shows radical prostatectomy to be cost-effective management of prostate cancer

    A cost-effectiveness study indicates that the ProtecT trial actually supports the upfront treatment of more-aggressive prostate cancers and the surveillance of less aggressive prostate cancers.

  52. June 21, 2019

    New data indicate percutaneous ablation may be an appropriate option for certain patients with renal masses

    A review of patients treated with partial nephrectomy, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation or percutaneous cryoablation for small renal masses found no clinical or statistical difference in five-year outcomes.

  53. June 21, 2019

    Pushing the envelope of robotic urologic surgery in children

    A single-port robotic system offers a safe, efficacious approach for minimally invasive surgeries, including pyeloplasty and appendicovesicostomy, in pediatric patients.

  54. June 21, 2019

    Redefining the male urethral stricture treatment paradigm

    With Mayo Clinic's outpatient same-day ambulatory surgery approach, 95% of men treated for urethral stricture disease report a high level of patient satisfaction, with no difference in reconstructive outcomes.

  55. May 09, 2019

    A novel risk score may help urologists determine which patients with kidney stones require urgent intervention

    Researchers identified four significant predictors of infection to create a novel risk score that may help confirm which patients require urgent decompression via ureteral stent or nephrostomy tube placement.

  56. April 23, 2019

    Mayo Clinic offers comprehensive care for women with pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence

    Mayo Clinic's unique, multidisciplinary approach to managing sensitive female pelvic floor disorders allows for individualized decision-making and broad access to a multitude of treatment options.

  57. April 23, 2019

    Choice of intraoperative irrigation matters for penile implants: Povidone-iodine leads to a ninefold increase in the likelihood of developing an infection

    A switch from use of undiluted povidone-iodine to vancomycin-gentamicin for intraoperative irrigation reduced postoperative prosthesis infections by a factor of nine.

  58. Feb. 20, 2019

    Mayo Clinic experience with da Vinci SP single-port robot-assisted radical prostatectomy

    Mayo specialists have performed more than 40 prostatectomies using the da Vinci SP single-port robot-assisted surgical system. They report unique benefits and favorable outcomes.

  59. Feb. 19, 2019

    Boyd R. Viers, M.D., specializes in reconstructive genitourinary surgeries

    Dr. Viers specializes in advanced urinary reconstruction for radiation, trauma and iatrogenic urinary tract injury, and management of urinary obstructions including male urethral stricture disease, ureteral stricture an[...]

  60. Feb. 19, 2019

    Top-of-the-line treatment for Wilms' tumor

    Mayo Clinic's Fertility Preservation Program, 3D modeling, minimally invasive surgery techniques and proton beam therapy improve survival rates for children with Wilms' tumor.

  61. Feb. 19, 2019

    New studies of renal masses may assist in patient counseling

    Study findings expand providers' abilities to better educate patients with small renal masses and provide context for management strategies, enabling more-informed decisions about treatment options.

  62. Dec. 21, 2018

    Minimally invasive focal therapies for prostate cancer

    Focal therapy treats only the area with the most aggressive tumor, while leaving the rest of the prostate and its surrounding structures alone. Available options include cryoablation, focal laser ablation and high-frequ[...]

  63. Dec. 21, 2018

    Beating the beast: Mayo Clinic's pediatric urologists and their sarcoma team's mission to cure rhabdomyosarcoma

    Mayo pediatric radiologists construct 3D, color-coded models of the tumor and surrounding structures to assess the best potential therapies for each child and assist the surgical team with preoperative planning and refe[...]

  64. Dec. 20, 2018

    Brian J. Linder, M.D., female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery specialist, joins Mayo Clinic Urology

    Brian J. Linder, M.D., a specialist in the management of overactive bladder, including advanced treatment options such as bladder Botox injection, sacral neuromodulation and noninvasive percutaneous tibial nerve stimula[...]

  65. Variation in postoperative opioid prescribing provides motivation for a more standardized approach

    Variation in postoperative opioid prescribing provides motivation for a more standardized approach