Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) | Research & Clinical Trials

In addition to leading the way in the use of robotic surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital is continually working toward faster, more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatments for children with urologic disorders. Among the recent areas of research that our Department of Urology has conducted, several hold great promise for improving the lives of children with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR).

Managing pain and discomfort from vesicoureteral reflux surgery

Boston Children’s has been a pioneer in anesthesia for children, and our urologists and anesthesia doctors have worked together to develop highly effective pain-management techniques for children who have surgery for VUR.

Thanks to these methods, most children recover quickly after surgery, and their pain is kept to a minimum. Most children can go home within one or two days. In addition, we have been leaders in the development of less-invasive methods of correcting VUR. Our pioneering surgeons have used robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to successfully correct VUR. We also use endoscopic techniques to perform injections to correct VUR in many children.

Determining the role of genetics in VUR

A Boston Children's study of VUR genetics is looking at families who have multiple members with VUR. This will help us learn about VUR genetics to determine how it is inherited, as well as identify which genetic factors put children at risk for recurrent UTIs or kidney scarring.