We found 4 providers with an interest in benign prostatic hyperplasia and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Vincent Gerard Bird, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Vincent Bird is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bird's areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, cancer, and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Bird takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Urology Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award; the University of Miami Department of Urology; and Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Pelvic Problems, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Bladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Dennis Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Dennis average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dennis has a special interest in bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at Shands HealthCare. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Dennis include: Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Pelvic Problems, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Frederick Stringer, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Stringer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Shands HealthCare. Clinical interests for Dr. Stringer include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), and urinary tract infection (UTI). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stringer takes. Dr. Stringer has received distinctions including American Urological Association (AUA) Presidential Citation Award and American Board of Urology. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Cystoscopy, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Urinary Tract Infection, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Victoria Yvonne Bird, MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Victoria Bird's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Bird has a special interest in urge incontinence (overactive bladder), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For her residency, Dr. Bird trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bird include: Exceptional Summer Student Research Award, NINDS, NIH; Argonne National Laboratory Traveling Research Award, Chicago, IL; and Stanley Foundation: research funding award, NAMI, NIMH, NIH. Dr. Bird is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

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What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate)?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged. BPH affects about half of men between the ages of 50 and 60, and approximately 80% of men over 80. As the prostate grows in size, it can press down on the tube where urine flows out of the body (the urethra) and cause urinary problems.

Medication can relieve mild to moderate symptoms of BPH, such as frequent urination, incomplete bladder emptying, a weak urine stream, and straining while urinating. However, other forms of treatment may be more appropriate if you have pain with urination, frequent urinary tract infections, or are unable to urinate. The size of your prostate and the severity of your symptoms will determine the type of treatment you need. If your prostate is not very large, your doctor will likely recommend a transurethral procedure. This minimally invasive technique involves the insertion of a scope into the urethra. The most common transurethral procedures for BPH are:

  • Transurethral incision of the prostate or TUIP, where the surgeon uses the scope to make small cuts in the area of the prostate that meets the bladder. These cuts will open up the pathway for urine and allow it to flow with more ease.
  • Transurethral needle ablation or TUNA, where needles are inserted through the scope and into your prostate. The needles use radiofrequency waves to destroy excess prostate tissue.
  • Laser prostate ablation, where lasers pass through the scope to melt away the part of your prostate causing urine blockage.
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate or TURP, where the inside of your prostate is trimmed and removed one tiny piece at a time using the scope.
If your prostate is too big for a transurethral procedure, you may need a simple prostatectomy, which can be done in one of three ways: laparoscopic, robotic, or open. During a laparoscopic simple prostatectomy, your surgeon makes several small incisions on your belly. Then she inserts a long tube with a camera into one of the cuts and surgical instruments into the others. Using the camera to see inside your belly, she carefully removes the enlarged part of your prostate. Robotic simple prostatectomy uses the same techniques as the laparoscopic method, but the surgery is done with the help of a robot. For men with very large prostates, open simple prostatectomy may be the best treatment option. This surgery differs from the other approaches in that it requires a much larger incision.

Most transurethral treatments for BPH, like TUIP, TUNA, and laser prostate ablation, are done in the doctor’s office or outpatient surgery center. TURP and simple prostatectomy, however, need to be performed in the hospital and require an average stay of one to three days. You should wait a week before doing any strenuous activities after a TUIP, TUNA, or laser prostate ablation, and about four to six weeks after a TURP or simple prostatectomy. Although these treatments improve BPH symptoms for most patients, it is important to be aware of the risks involved, such as urine control issues, tightening of the urethra, and erectile dysfunction.

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