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Our Consultant Urologists at Reading Urology Partnership specialise in the diagnosis, investigation, acute management and long-term prevention of recurrent UTIs. Working alongside our specialist nursing team they offer a comprehensive and dedicated service for men and women suffering from bladder infections.
Investigations that may be required are:
Initial consultation with a specialist consultant urological surgeon
Urodynamic flow assessment
Post micturition bladder volume scan assessment
Urine microscopy and culture
Cytology urine tests to exclude cancer
Renal tract and abdominal ultrasound scan by Consultant Radiologist
Cystoscopic assessment of the bladder
Many of these tests can be performed on the same day.
All of these can be performed within our dedicated private Edwardian consulting rooms at 11, Kendrick Road, Reading, with ample free parking and only 0.9 miles from Reading Train Station.
When a clear diagnosis has been made and sinister pathology, particularly cancer have been excluded, there are a number of treatments. These include conservative advice (click here for more info), self-start antibiotics, low-dose prophylatic antibiotics, medications targeting bladder symptoms, urethral dilation, or cystodistension.
There are now 2 new treatments available, which provide a more natural repair & prevention approach for recurrent UTIs.
1. Intravesical Treatments
Often the underlying cause of the repetitive nature of the infections is the damage to the 'non-stick' lining of the bladder. We offer instillations of medications into the bladder (e.g Cystistat, iAluril etc) which re-coat the lining preventing further infections. These are also very helpful when the bladder is very inflamed, as they help to settle the inflammation, and ease the symptoms.
2. UTI Vaccines
Reading Urology Partnership are the first in the UK to offer the clinically proven vaccine for recurrent UTIs by Syner Med. Uromune. The latest scientific studies have demonstrated a 10-fold reduction in infections following treatment. Click here for latest scientific evidence of effectiveness.
If you would like more information or wish to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist consultant urological surgeons then please either:
Call us on 0118 920 7040
Email us on [email protected]
Contact your GP and ask for referral to the Reading Urology Partnership
All consultations, investigations and treatments are covered by major insurance companies (depending on policy)
Self-funding initial consultation fee is £205. Follow up fees are £165. Consultation charges are exclusive of any tests and other investigations that the consultant may wish to carry out.
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are becoming an increasing problem, and can lead to debilitating urinary symptoms. However there are two new exciting treatments, intravesical iAluril and an oral vaccine.
Cystitis, bladder infections or bacterial infections of the urine / lower urinary tract are predominantly caused by E coli bacteria which originate from the intestine.
The human body has a number of natural protective mechanisms to try to prevent the urinary bladder becoming infected .
The 3 most important ones are:
External colonisation of 'good' bacteria usually lactobacillus, which helps keep the E coli away from the urinary tract.
Good urine output from the kidneys. A continual flushing / emptying of the bladder expels many bacteria from the bladder.
A non-stick' lining of the bladder, called the GAG layer, which prevents any harmful bacteria sticking to the lining prior to being flushed away when the bladder is emptied.
If the bladder is exposed to a prolonged or particularly irritative infection then the bladder can become very inflamed. This not only removes the protective 'non-stick' lining from the bladder but can also cause quite marked pain, stinging on urination, bladder spasms, frequency and urgency of urination. It can also increase the likelihood of getting another infection soon afterwards, setting up a vicious cycle.