The Center for Reconstructive Urology

Located at the University of California, Irvine in Orange County, CA, the Center for Reconstructive Urology was established in 1998 as the first regional, national, and international tertiary referral center in the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego area dedicated to the treatment of disorders of the male urethra and external genitalia. In addition to patient care, our mission includes clinical and laboratory research and teaching.

Diseases treated include urethral stricture disease, curvature of the penis from Peyronie’s disease and other causes, erectile dysfunction, also called ED and impotence, including penile prosthesis (also called a penile implant) placement or revision, hypospadias, complications from prostate cancer treatment with radiation or surgery, and other disorders of the male external genitalia such as scrotal lymphedema and hidradenitis.

Dr. Joel Gelman, the Director of the Center for Reconstructive Urology, and Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of California, Irvine, is a leading expert in male urethral and penile reconstructive surgery. Dr. Gelman is fellowship trained and his practice is exclusively devoted to surgery of the male urethra and external genitalia. He has performed over 1,400 successful reconstructive surgeries during the past 16 years at UC, Irvine, more than any other currently practicing Fellowship Trained Urologist in California. Over 300 Urologists have referred their patients to Dr. Gelman when their patients have required complex urethral, penile, or scrotal surgery. Although most patients are referred to the Center for Reconstructive Urology by their local Urologists, we also accept and welcome new patients without referral.  Those patients who have urethral stricture disease often benefit from a urethral valuation at the time of the initial consultation.  Dr. Gelman has performed over 2,000 urethral imaging studies (retrograde urethrogram RUG and voiding cystourethrogram VCUG) and personally performs all of the urethral imaging at our state-of-the-art imaging facility without our Clinic in the Department of Urology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA.

In addition to specific information about the care we provide to our patients at the Center for Reconstructive Urology, our website contains detailed educational information in the Conditions section. Here you can learn about the causes, symptoms, tests used to make a diagnosis, and the treatment options for urethral stricture disease, including urethroplasty (surgery to repair or reconstruct the urethra), Peyronie’s Disease, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypospadias, Prostate Cancer Treatment Complications, Male Incontinence, and other male urethral and genital disorders including rare diseases such as Lichen Sclerosis – Scleroses, also known as Balanitis Xerotica Oblitarans or BXO, Lymphedema, and Hidradenitis. In summary, our Center is exclusively specialized in the treatment of disorders of the male urethra, penis, and external genitalia.

All services are provided at the UC, Irvine Medical Center located in Orange, California. However, The Center For Reconstructive Urology is a professional practice separate and independent from the UCI Medical Center and Medical Group.