The Department of Urology
The Urology Department was started in 1979 and was the first Urology Department to be established in any institution covered under the Central Health Service. Subsequently a M.Ch. (Urology) Super Speciality Degree Course was started in 1987. This was the first Super Speciality Degree Course started at JIPMER, Pondicherry and the first Urology Super Speciality Course to be established in any institution covered under the Central Health Service. The services provided by the department include paediatric endoscopy, urodynamics, image guided urological interventions, upper and lower urinary tract endourology, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for renal stone treatment, reconstructive urology, treatment of urinary incontinence, treatment for sexual dysfunction and infertility in male, urological laparoscopy, genitourinary cancer surgery and renal transplant surgery was started in March 2012.
Further strides in the field of renal transplantation were made with the start of laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy and subsequently, in December 2013 deceased donor renal transplantation was started. The faculty members are engaged in research activities for optimizing management of urological diseases relevant to the society. In 2014 these services were further developed and standardised. To make the services more accessible to patients, special clinics were started in May 2015. These include the Urinary Incontinence Clinic, the Male Infertility Clinic, the Renal Transplant Surgery Clinic, and the Vascular Access Surgery Clinic. In April 2014 a urology skills laboratory was set up to enhance postgraduate learning without compromising patient safety. A new procedure, the bipolar saline transurethral resection, a safer technique of resection of the prostate, was introduced.
The faculty members are engaged in research activities for optimising management of urological diseases relevant to the society. In 2016, the department performed the first en-bloc kidney transplantation from a paediatric deceased donor. This is one of the youngest donor for renal transplant reported in our country. The department has expanded its service in Uro-oncology with respect to the comprehensive management of Urinary bladder cancer and male urethral cancers. The Department of Urology performed the first robotic surgery in JIPMER as a part of the multidisciplinary robotic assisted minimal access surgery unit in July 2017. The Department has completed about 252 robotic procedures comprising both ablative and reconstructive surgeries. These include complex surgical procedures like partial nephrectomy, radical cystoprostatectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion, radical prostatectomy, ureteric tailoring and reimplantation and ureterocalicostomy with favourable outcomes. The Department has initiated surgical procedures in the management of complex female voiding dysfunction.Last Updated :12-Jan-2023