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.
- Phone: 617-726-3021
Theodore Ongaro, MD
Delivering Expert Basic Urological Care
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Mass General’s Department of Urology among the best in the nation.
Each year, our urologists treat thousands of patients, providing expert diagnosis and care for the complete range of urological conditions.
What to Expect
Please bring X-rays or other test results to your first visit. If your primary care physician or internist has referred you to our program, please ask him or her to forward your medical records to us.
At your first appointment, you can expect:
- A review of your medical history and notes from your primary care physician or internist
- A comprehensive health examination
- Additional tests or scans (if needed)
For your convenience, tests such as X-rays, CT scans, blood tests and/or urine cultures are performed onsite, either within our office or nearby at the hospital’s main campus. Most tests are noninvasive or minimally invasive.
Compassionate & Personalized Treatment
Once your urologist diagnoses your condition, he or she will discuss treatment options and:
- Develop a personalized treatment plan to address your particular symptoms and underlying causes
- Refer you to a subspecialist within the Department of Urology who focuses on treating your type of disorder
Many common disorders can be treated with medication and other conservative, nonsurgical approaches. If you are referred to one of our subspecialists, you will receive treatment from an expert in his or her urological discipline.
Our urologists specialize in these subdisciplines:
- Genitourinary cancers
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Voiding dysfunctions and incontinence
- Prostate-related diseases (e.g. cancer and enlarged prostate)
- Female urology
- Erectile dysfunction
Clinical Trials of Innovative Treatments
The Department of Urology is dedicated to providing patients with outstanding basic urological care and improving patient outcomes. Members of our team, including board-certified urologists, nurses, residents and fellows, regularly participate in clinical research studies that seek to improve clinical care.
If your condition is one of those we are researching, we may ask you to take part in a study. We never enroll you without your permission, and there is no obligation to participate.
Theodore Ongaro, MD
Basic Urological Care at Mass General
Each year, our urologists treat thousands of patients, providing diagnosis and care for the complete range of urological conditions.
Many patients seek consultations from us when they experience signs or symptoms that may point to a urological problem. These symptoms include:
- Hematuria (visible blood in the urine)
- Severe left-sided or right-sided flank pain, sometimes associated with nausea or fever
- Incontinence (leaking of urine)
- Gradual or sudden inability to urinate
- Infections and inflammations
- Abnormal test results, such as increased prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood levels
Our team of physicians, nurses and other professionals carefully evaluates each patient. After diagnosing your condition, we discuss available treatment options and recommend the most effective therapies.
An evaluation typically includes:
- Determining whether the patient's problem is simple or complex
- Referring a patient to the right specialist in our department (if necessary)
- Identifying specific diseases and disorders and treating them as quickly and effectively as possible
Outstanding & Accessible Care
We offer patients confidential evaluations, treatment and follow-up care. State-of-the-art resources available at our office include:
- Procedure rooms for minimally invasive procedures (both diagnostic and therapeutic)
- Complex diagnostic testing conveniently available onsite (e.g. urodynamics, infertility evaluation, cystoscopy and prostate biopsy)
- Confidential treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction (ED)
Our urologists perform a variety of procedures in our offices, such as:
- Non-scalpel vasectomies
- Biopsies to collect and evaluate tissue of the prostate or bladder for abnormalities
- Neurostimulator testing for patients with overactive bladder syndrome
- Cystoscopies to examine the bladder for abnormalities
- Laser treatment of bladder tumors
- Insertion and removal of temporary stents for kidney stones
- Minimally invasive surgical procedures
Chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis.
Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine.
A hernia occurs when a section of intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal muscles. A hernia that occurs in the groin area is called an inguinal hernia.
Peyronie's disease is characterized by a plaque, or hard lump, that forms on the erection tissue of the penis.
Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract.
Vesicoureteral reflux occurs when urine dwelling in the bladder flows back into the ureters and often back into the kidneys.
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Dr. Theodore Ongaro
- Phone: 617-726-3021