We found 7 urologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO near Long Beach, CA.
Dr. Barton Wachs' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wachs's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Lakewood Hospital, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Wachs completed residency programs at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Wachs is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Wachs is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Prostate Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery
Dr. Michael Norris works as a pediatric urologist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Norris is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and PIH Health. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Norris takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more.
Dr. Robert Pugach is an urologist. In addition to English, Dr. Pugach (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, prostate procedures, and vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Pugach is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pugach accepts.
Clinical interests: Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Procedures, Prostate Cancer
Dr. Raymond Sleiman's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Sleiman's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in incontinence and prostate procedures. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Sleiman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Syrian University Faculty of Medicine and Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Sleiman (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French.
Clinical interests: Incontinence, Prostate Procedures
Dr. Jennifer Liu practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Liu has a special interest in partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty (renal pelvis reconstruction), and da vinci surgery. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Liu's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She speaks Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cancer Surgery, Partial Nephrectomy, Pyeloplasty, Da Vinci Surgery, Minimally ... (Read more)
Dr. Ruben Baghdassarian's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and incontinence. Dr. Baghdassarian's professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Associates in Urology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Baghdassarian completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Baghdassarian (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Persian.
Clinical interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate Procedures, Urodynamics, Prostate Cancer
Dr. William Naftel practices urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Naftel attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Naftel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Lakewood Hospital, and Los Alamitos Medical Center.
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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.