We found 7 urologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Safety Harbor, FL.
Dr. James Zachary is an urologist in Safety Harbor, FL. His areas of expertise include kidney stones and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Zachary performed his residency at UNC Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 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.
Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection
Dr. Michael Szostak's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic prostatectomy. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Szostak honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Szostak attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urinary Incontinence, Robotic Prostatectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)
Dr. Paul Arnold's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of sexual dysfunction and robotic surgery. Dr. Arnold is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Arnold accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Arnold attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.
Clinical interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, Penile Cancer, Pelvic ... (Read more)
Dr. Martin Richman sees patients in Safety Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Richman include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and sexual dysfunction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Richman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Patient ratings for Dr. Richman average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.
Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)
Dr. Lonnie Klein is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Klein include bladder cancer, cryotherapy, and female incontinence. Dr. Klein's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Female Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Laser Surgery, Kidney Problems, Bladder Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Chad Hubsher specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Hubsher attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
Dr. Donald Bergner is an urologist. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bergner takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.
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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.