We found 7 urologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Bakersfield, CA.
Dr. Larissa Rodriguez's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests encompass female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, urinary incontinence, and pelvic prolapse. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rodriguez include: Top Doctor, Los Angeles magazine; Southern California Super Doctors; and America's Top Urologist, 2012 - Present. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Health and Keck Hospital of USC.
Clinical interests: Pelvic floor disorders, Urinary incontinence, Pelvic organ prolapse, Chronic pelvic pain, Female ... (Read more)
Dr. Alan Aikens' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Aikens attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Aikens is affiliated with Adventist Health System.
Dr. Albert McBride's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McBride accepts. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. McBride speaks Spanish. Dr. McBride is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System.
Dr. Shabbir Shakir works as an urologist. Dr. Shakir has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System.
Dr. Robert Waguespack practices urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Waguespack is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Dr. Waguespack is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and a graduate of Brooke Army Medical Center's residency program.
Dr. Hau Chang is a Bakersfield, CA physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System. He graduated from Taipei Medical University and then he performed his residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center - North Shores Campus and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.
Dr. Bruce Stone, who practices in Bakersfield, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stone is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System.
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The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.
Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.
Some other conditions that urologists treat include:
- Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
- Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
- Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
- Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
- Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.
The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:
- Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
- Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
- Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
- Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
- Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
- Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
- Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.
Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.