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We found 8 urologists who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1490 near Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Matthew S Smith, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith is a physician who specializes in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). On average, patients gave Dr. Smith a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. James Michael Belarmino, MD
Specializes in Urology
1420 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. James Belarmino specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He is affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Belarmino graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harrisburg Hospital, Albany Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Gameel Byron Hodge Jr., MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. G. Hodge specializes in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hodge at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. Jens Christian Carlsen, DO
Specializes in Urology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Jens Carlsen is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Carlsen average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Carlsen attended Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University for residency. Dr. Carlsen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. David Lowell Bowers, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. David Bowers is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bowers obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Columbia University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Dr. Rakesh Pravin Patel, MS, MD
Specializes in Urology
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Rakesh Patel is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel graduated from Gujarat University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Urology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Graham Greene is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He graduated from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Greene is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Stanley H Shrom, MD
Specializes in Urology
4729 Us Highway 98 S
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Stanley Shrom is an urologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shrom honors.

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What is Urology?

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.