We found 7 urologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO near Long Beach, CA.
Dr. Barton Wachs practices urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Wachs has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Wachs's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Wachs welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Bloodless/Transfusion Free Med, Prostate Procedures
Dr. Robert Pugach's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, prostate procedures, and vasectomy. Dr. Pugach is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Pugach attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Pugach (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.
Clinical interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Prostate Procedures
Dr. Raymond Sleiman's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Sleiman include incontinence and prostate procedures. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Sleiman studied medicine at Syrian University Faculty of Medicine and Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Sleiman (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Prostate Procedures, Incontinence
Dr. Michael Norris is a specialist in pediatric urology. He works in Long Beach, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Norris is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and a graduate of Walter Reed Army Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Norris's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and PIH Health.
Dr. Jennifer Liu works as an urologist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Liu attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her areas of expertise include the following: partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty (renal pelvis reconstruction), and prostatectomy (prostate removal surgery). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liu takes. She is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Liu is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Da Vinci Robotic Surgery, Partial ... (Read more)
Dr. William Naftel, who practices in Long Beach, CA and Los Alamitos, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and PIH Health. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Naftel's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Patient ratings for Dr. Naftel average 2.5 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Naftel include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.
Dr. Ruben Baghdassarian, who practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in erectile dysfunction (impotence), incontinence, and prostate procedures. Dr. Baghdassarian is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Baghdassarian's education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Baghdassarian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Associates in Urology.
Clinical interests: Bladder Function Test, Bladder Prolapse, Erectile Dysfunction, Impotency, Incontinence, Prostate ... (Read more)
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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.