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Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report as the top pediatric hospital for urology, our Department continues to refine our techniques and conduct research to develop more effective therapies. More specifically, our research focuses on tissue engineering, proteomics (the study of proteins) and the function of the bladder.
The ORCA study is a randomized trial of one-stage versus two-stage surgery for abdominal undescended testicles. Normally the testicles form in the abdomen and descend into the scrotum before birth. In some boys, the testicles do not descend on their own, and surgical treatment is needed.
In the most severe cases, the testicles never get out of the abdomen. For these abdominal testicles, urologists have traditionally done a procedure called a "Fowler-Stephens Orchidopexy", which can be done all at once (as a one-stage surgery) or in two stages separated by several months (the two-stage surgery). It is unknown whether the outcomes are better or worse with the one-stage or two-stage surgery, so our trial is designed to carefully compare these surgical strategies to determine if doing a two-stage operation results in better outcomes, or if one-stage operation is sufficient. The results of this trial will guide treatment of these boys for decades.
Innovations in health services research include:
Patient and family satisfaction is a key component of health care quality. With this in mind, our group has designed a number of assessment tools to measure and enhance the satisfaction of families with the care provided. These tools include:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”