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March 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 9

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Focus on Female and Pediatric Urological Issues Adds to Breadth of Services at Z Urology

As a specialist in female urology, Christopher P. Hollowell, M.D., understands that not everyone is familiar with the types of services he offers. “A lot of patients, and even doctors to some degree, misunderstand what the field entails,” explained the board-certified specialist who practices at Z Urology. “They are surprised that urologists see female patients; they think of urology as a kind of male gynecology.”
 
The fact is, women suffer from many urologic disorders, including urinary incontinence (both stress and urge incontinence), pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic floor pain and other vaginal disorders, and complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections, among other conditions. In addition to providing complex pelvic floor reconstruction deploying the latest minimally invasive techniques and robotic technologies, Dr. Hollowell also specializes in female genital cosmetic surgery.
 
“One of the most common conditions I treat is overactive bladder, in which a patient has the involuntary experience of needing to go, which may or may not involve leakage,” he explained. “Many people will try an over-the-counter medication first, which works in about 15 percent of cases - if that fails, they are often referred to me.”
 
Dr. Hollowell uses Botox to treat patients with this condition, which is highly effective at reducing leaking and frequency. He is also one of the few physicians in South Florida who is experienced in using Interstim neuromodulation when Botox doesn’t work, implanting what is basically a pacemaker that relaxes the bladder using electrical impulses.
 
In addition to his focus on female urology, Dr. Hollowell also works with male incontinence patients, and is one of the few doctors in the country that specializes in artificial sphincters and male slings. His area of expertise also extends to pediatric urology, helping children who have issues with circumcision, undescended testes, hernias, urinary tract infections, bedwetting and more.
 
“About 30 percent of my practice is made up of pediatric urology patients,” said Dr. Hollowell, adding that he is the only full-time pediatric urologist in Broward County.
 
“What I love about working at Z Urology is that we provide comprehensive care - if it can be done in urology, we do it here,” he said of the practice’s breadth of experience. “Patients don’t have to go to the University of Miami to get world-class care; they can get it right here in Fort Lauderdale.”

For more information, visit Z Urology at www.zurology.com or call (954) 714-8200.

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