We found 8 urologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross HMO near Downey, CA.
Dr. Ernest Agatstein is an urologist. His areas of expertise include female urologic disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Agatstein is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agatstein honors. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Agatstein trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Agatstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and German. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Female Urologic Disorders
Dr. Umakant Khetan is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Los Angeles, CA and Montebello, CA. His professional affiliations include Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) and Adventist Health System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, and a hospital affiliated with Brown University, Dr. Khetan attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. Dr. Khetan (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.
Dr. Jonathan Perley specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Lakewood, CA, Norwalk, CA, and Montebello, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perley's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and PIH Health. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Perley trained at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Perley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.
Dr. Lawrence Paletz's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Paletz's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Paletz include sexual health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paletz accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at White Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Paletz has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He speaks Spanish.
Clinical interests: Sexual Health Issues
Dr. Manish Mehta specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College and then he performed his residency at Sacred Heart Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mehta takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Mehta (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mehta's professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, PIH Health, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. He is open to new patients.
Dr. Shahrad Aynehchi is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Aynehchi's areas of expertise include the following: partial nephrectomy, cancer, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Aynehchi attended New York Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.
Clinical interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Cancer
Dr. Jules Perley specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Perley a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Perley speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Nand Datta is an urologist in Lakewood, CA. Dr. Datta is especially interested in incontinence and prostate procedures. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Datta attended medical school at Government Medical College, Patiala. In addition to English, Dr. Datta (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Datta is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Incontinence, Prostate Procedures
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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.