Treatments & Services

The Urology Service is committed to providing the highest quality patient care in a compassionate, safe and patient focused manner.


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  • Cancer Programs

    Urologic Oncology

    Physicians in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology's Bladder, Kidney, Penile, Prostate and Testicular Cancer Program specialize in using advanced surgical therapies and minimally invasive procedures to treat male and female genitourinary cancers.

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  • Erectile Dysfunction Service

    Erectile Dysfunction Service

    The Erectile Dysfunction Service at Massachusetts General Hospital treats male erectile dysfunction in a supportive and confidential environment.

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  • Female Urology Program

    Female Urology Program

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Female Urology Program provides advanced and comprehensive care for urinary tract disorders including incontinence, voiding dysfunctions and pelvic prolapse.

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  • General Urology

    General Urology Program

    The physicians in the Massachusetts General Hospital General Urology Program evaluate patients for urological diseases and common disorders, and provide outstanding care to patients diagnosed with urological conditions.

  • Geriatric Urology Program

    Geriatric Urology

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Geriatric Urology Program specializes in the innovative diagnosis, treatment and management of urological conditions experienced by patients age 60 and older.

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  • Kidney Stone Program

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    The Kidney Stone Program at Massachusetts General Hospital specializes in the innovative treatment and prevention of kidney stones, managing care for more patients with the disorder than any other hospital in Massachusetts.

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  • Neuro-Urology Program


    The Massachusetts General Hospital Neuro-Urology Program is staffed by specialists who help patients with voiding problems due to neurological diseases and related urinary symptoms.

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  • Prostate Health Program

    Prostate Health Program

    Managing care for a high volume of patients every year, clinicians in the Prostate Health Program provide sophisticated detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate disease, including prostate cancer and enlarged prostate (also known as BPH), and other related urinary problems.

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  • Reconstructive Urology Service

    Reconstructive Urology Service

    The Reconstructive Urology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital is staffed by skilled and experienced surgeons who perform total and partial reconstructions of the urinary tract.

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  • Voiding Dysfunction and Incontinence Program

    Voiding Dysfunction and Incontinence Program

    The Voiding Dysfunction and Incontinence Program at Massachusetts General Hospital features a team of specialists who treat urinary disorders with today's safest and most effective methods.

Tests & Procedure

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  • Laser photo-vaporization of the prostate (PVP)

    This new laser treatment – known as photo-vaporization of the prostate (PVP) – combines the effectiveness of an invasive surgical procedure with the safety and ease of a minimally invasive procedure.

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  • Non Scalpel Vasectomy

    A vasectomy is a very popular minor surgical procedure through which the tubes (vasa deferentia) that deliver sperm from the testes fluid during intercourse are cut or closed off. The procedure is usually done to prevent pregnancy.

Patient Education

  • Nutrition Classes

    Nutrition classes offer a new perspective on how to modify your diet to keep a healthy heart. Topics include heart healthy eating, fats and cholesterol, portion size and nutrition labels, eating in and eating out, and strategies for weight loss.

  • Tobacco Treatment Service

    The Mass General Tobacco Treatment Service is a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who specialize in helping smokers become nonsmokers.

  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center place a high priority on educating the community about colorectal cancer, and how, with effective screening, it can be one of the most preventable kinds of cancer.

  • Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

    The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine is a non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to research, teaching, and clinical application of mind/body medicine and its integration into all areas of health.

Laser Surgery Program

This new laser treatment – known as Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) – combines the effectiveness of an invasive surgical procedure with the safety and ease of a minimally invasive procedure.

An enlarged prostate affects over 14 million men each year in the United States.

An enlarged prostate affects over 14 million men each year in the United States.

PVP removes excess prostate tissue using a patented high-power green light laser. The laser energy quickly vaporizes and precisely removes the enlarged prostate tissue in a virtually bloodless procedure. This allows even patients on bloodthinner therapy, such as aspirin or coumadin, to be treated. Furthermore, we are able to treat very large prostate glands – that are not amenable to other current procedures and usually require an open surgical approach.

PVP removes excess tissue so urinary symptoms are rapidly relieved, accompanied by a dramatic improvement in natural urine flow. Most patients are released in less than 24 hours, and in many cases without a catheter. Recovery time is short and comfortable, side effects are minimal.

What actually happens?
Once the patient is anesthetized, the doctor inserts a thin fiber into the urethra through a cystoscope, an instrument that allows the doctor to examine the bladder and prostate. The fiber delivers green laser energy that quickly vaporizes and precisely removes enlarged prostate tissue. The doctor is able to safely view and control the treatment area, tailoring it to your individual anatomy and needs.

Because the tissue is vaporized and removed, a wide-open channel is created. Natural urine flow is immediately restored and urinary symptoms are relieved quickly.

The PVP laser procedure has been proven safe, effective and durable in clinical studies conducted over a five-year period. Thousands of PVP procedures have been successfully performed and Massachusetts General Hospital is now offering this breakthrough treatment to men who suffer from an enlarged prostate.

What are the benefits of laser surgery?

  • Immediate symptom relief.
  • Urine flow improves dramatically after virtually bloodless procedure.
  • Patients are typically catheter free within 24 hours – many immediately after the procedure.
  • Patients are able to return to their ordinary daily activities in 2-3 days.

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