The Urology department at Carle provides comprehensive care for the entire spectrum of genitourinary disorders. Our team of highly-skilled urologists provide the latest diagnostics to detect urological abnormalities and uses minimally invasive laser surgical procedures to treat them.
Our surgeons are trained to perform prostatectomies and nephrectomies using the minimally invasive, da Vinci® Surgical System. Surgeries performed with this system result in less scarring, less pain and a shorter recovery time for most patients.
Our urology team works with doctors with advanced training in pediatric urology, urologic oncology and reconstructive surgery. We treat all types of conditions affecting the urinary tract, including:
Treating an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
This condition is more likely to develop in men older than 50 years and is part of the normal aging process. BPH is not caused by cancer. Not all men develop problems from this condition. If the prostate enlarges away from the urethra, urine flow will not be blocked. If it enlarges toward the urethra and compresses it, there will be problems passing urine. The buildup of urine in the bladder can cause infection. Back pressure and infection may progress to bladder damage and kidney (renal) failure. In severe cases, a surgical procedure may be required. Carle offers several minimally invasive procedures that can relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate and alleviate side-effects of BPH (enlarged prostate) medications.
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
In this procedure, a tool is inserted through the urethra and is used to cut away tissue of the inner core of the prostate. The goal of TURP is to remove enough prostate tissue to allow for a normal flow of urine. The procedure will allow you to empty your bladder more completely when you urinate so that you can urinate less often.
Urolift® places small, permanent implants to lift and hold enlarged prostate tissue away from the urethra, allowing that passage to remain open. With the urethra opening enlarged, urine passes freely again. The benefits of UroLift® include:
Aquablation therapy is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment for patients with lower urinary tract symptoms. It uses a heat-free waterjet that clears away excess prostate tissue while minimizing any damage to surrounding tissue. There are no incisions and treatment can be performed on any size and shape of prostate. This procedure uses real-time image guidance and automated robotic execution for precise therapy, limiting the trade-off between relieving symptoms and preserving sexual function. The benefits of Aquablation® Therapy include:
Carle BroMenn Medical Center is currently the only facility performing Aquablation® Therapy in downstate Illinois. Dr. Vicken Chalian, a Carle Health Physician Partner with the Premier Medical Group, performs this procedure at Carle BroMenn. All patient consultations and post-operative visits will be conducted at the Premier Medical Group - Urology location. To set up a consultation with Dr. Chalian's office, please call (309) 663-9424.
With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.