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Specializes in Urology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Marc Melser specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Melser's training includes a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Melser has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating 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.

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Specializes in Urology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Arvind Sharma sees patients in Point Charlotte, FL, Port Charlotte, FL, and Punta Gorda, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Delhi for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. 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. Sharma's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Urology
713 East Marion Avenue; Suite 135
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Weitzel works as an urologist. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at The University Hospital, Newark and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Trenton. Patients gave Dr. Weitzel an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weitzel's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Gary Lee Berger, MD
Specializes in Urology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Gary Berger specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Berger has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Berger's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Specializes in Urology
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Eric Coronato, who practices in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Coronato takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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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.