Urology Bay of Plenty Limited provides treatment for men, women and children with any urological condition ranging from prostate cancer to kidney, testicular or bladder conditions. Click on the links to find information about our treatment of specific urological conditions in men, women and children.
We are committed to world class surgical techniques and technology backed by an experienced and caring team of health professionals.
The team at Urology Bay of Plenty are here to guide you through your treatment with caring support and clear communication. We understand illness can be a time of confusion and uncertainty and we try to make sure you have access to all the advice you need, through our team and our close relationships with a number of urology support groups.
The hub of Urology Bay of Plenty operates from Virtuoso at 850 Cameron Road, Tauranga, with a second facility at Harrington House, Harington Street, Tauranga.
What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the urinary system in females and the genitourinary system (urinary system plus genital organs) in males. The urinary system is made up of the:
- kidneys (where urine is formed from material filtered out of the blood)
- ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
- bladder (a balloon-like organ that stores urine)
- sphincter muscles (muscles around the opening of the bladder into the urethra)
- urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside of your body).
The male genital organs include the penis, scrotum and prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis and in front of the rectum. The urethra passes through the centre of the prostate. A doctor who specialises in disorders of the urinary system and also the male reproductive system is known as an urologist. A doctor who specialises in kidneys and their function is called a nephrologist.
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgical procedures are performed through several small cuts (incisions) usually only 5-10mm long, rather than through one large incision.
A long, narrow surgical telescope (laparoscope) that has a tiny camera and light source attached is inserted through one of the incisions so that the surgeon can view the inside of the body on a TV monitor.
The surgeon then passes specially designed surgical instruments through the other incisions and carries out the procedure using the TV monitor to guide the instruments.
Laparoscopic surgery is usually associated with less blood loss during surgery and less pain and scarring following surgery. In most cases, time spent in hospital is less and overall recovery time from the operation is less than with conventional open surgery.
Making your first appointment
You are welcome to make an appointment directly with Urology Bay of Plenty but we do recommend being referred by your GP who will provide us with your background records and test results. By being referred means you may avoid any unnecessary costs for re-testing and we should be able to see you sooner to get your treatment underway.
At your first consultation, we will review any referral notes and talk through your diagnosis. At the end of your consultation you can expect to have a clear understanding of your urological condition, the next step and time frames.
Following diagnosis of your condition a treatment pathway will be developed and communicated to you. During your treatment our team are always available to answer your questions.
Between treatment cycles or at the end of your treatment or surgery, we remain available to answer any questions or concerns.
Click on the link to access our online referral system
Urology Bay of Plenty is a private health provider and also an affiliated contract provider with Southern Cross Healthcare ensuring an easier pre-approval process for many of the treatment options.
You can receive an estimate for the cost of your treatment at Grace Hospital by following this link - www.gpcc.co.nz
|Mon – Fri||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Regular private clinics are also conducted in Rotorua and Whakatāne
. Phone us to discuss being seen by Mark Fraundorfer or Peter Gilling in one of these locations.
Procedures / Treatments
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
This is an enlargement of the prostate gland. In BPH there may be difficulties in passing urine as the enlarged prostate can cause a blockage.… More
Urinalysis is a test that examines the content of urine for abnormal substances such as protein or signs of infection.… More
Urodynamic tests measure the storage of urine in the bladder and the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra.… More
This term means blood in the urine and may be the result of inflammation or other problems with your kidneys, blockages in your ureter, infection or other problems with your bladder or problems with your prostate. More
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
A UTI is caused by an infection in the urinary tract.… More
Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control is the involuntary passage of urine (passing urine without meaning to).… More
Urinary retention, or abnormal holding of urine in the bladder, is a common urological problem.… More
What causes bladder cancer is not always clear, but the risk of developing bladder cancer can be increased by smoking, getting older, long term bladder problems and unsafe exposure to aniline dyes which are used in some industries.… More
This term refers to stones in the urinary system. They form in the kidneys but can be found anywhere in the urinary system.… More
Kidney (Renal) Failure
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot remove waste products from the blood or control the amount of water in your body.… More
This is the term used to describe inflammation of the prostate gland.… More
Prostate cancer typically consists of many very small, tumours within the prostate.… More
Brachytherapy of the Prostate
Prostate cancer can be treated with localised radiotherapy by implanting small radioactive seeds into the prostate gland.… More
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure carried out to make a man sterile (he is no longer able to father a child).… More
The foreskin (flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis) may be removed for cultural, religious or medical reasons.… More
Undescended testes occur in less than 4% of children, and are more common in premature babies.… More
Bus routes 1, 2, and 55 stop immediately outside the main hospital entrance which is opposite the Virtuoso Clinic.
For timetable and fares please view:
Free patient parking is available at the rear of the Virtuoso Clinic building, 850 Cameron Road.
Health Professionals / Patient Support
Urology Bay of Plenty has close relationships with the relevant urology support groups. Useful information can be found on the following websites:
- NZ Cancer Society for information, research and support services [www.cancernz.org.nz]
- NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation for news, information, resources and support groups [www.prostate.org.nz]
- Grace Prostate Cancer Centre for latest developments, treatment options and FAQs [www.gpcc.co.nz]
- Continence NZ for information, tools and resources [www.continence.nz]
- Kathleen Kilgour Centre - world class Radiotherapy in the Bay of Plenty [www.kathleenkilgourcentre.co.nz/]
- Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand [www.usanz.org.au/]
- Urology Care Foundation [www.urologyhealth.org]
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This page was last updated at 8:17AM on September 3, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Urology BOP.