Pediatric urology is a specialized medical science which deals with disorders of genitourinary system (Kidneys, ureter, bladder and reproductive system) in children upto the age of 15 years. Majority of these disorders are congenital birth defects while others are late onset. Fortunately, most of the pediatric urological disorders have a great outcome if treated by an expert Pediatric Urologist, also called Child urologist.
Pediatric Urologists are trained surgeons who treat disorders of urinary and reproductive system in children. Either they are Pediatric Surgeons who receive special training in Pediatric Urology or sometimes Adult Urologists who receive training in Pediatric Urology. The training is long, strenuous, may last upto 13 -14 years in total and unless you have great willpower, interest in caring for children or acumen, it is difficult to become a pediatric urologist. Dr A.K.Singal tool almost 13 years of training from MBBS to his fellowship in USA to become a Pediatric urologist.
Pediatric Urology is a new and rapidly expanding field. Almost 40-50% of all surgical disorders in kids involve urinary or reproductive system.
In this era, parents want their kids to be treated by the best specialist possible and so Pediatric Urology as a specialty is the need of the hour. And with so much of progress being made in equipment and medicines, it would be impossible for a surgeon to aware of everything new and latest. Hence, once you become a Pediatric Urologist you have to constantly update yourself and also bring new technologies for the benefit and better care for children.
A child is not a small adult. Hence, children with urology issues need special care by surgeons who do nothing else but care for such children.
Pediatric Urologists are experienced in handling small kids and can operate on delicate and miniature tissues. They understand an unspoken language of the kids also and will be able to diagnose the problem in a young child better than an adult urologist who sees only adults. Also, the pediatric urological disorders are different from adult disorders and mainly involve birth defects, urinary infections and poor growth.
MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB, MNAMS
M.Ch (AIIMS, New Delhi- Gold Medalist)
Stecker Scholarship in Pediatric Urology, OSU, USA