We found 7 urologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect near Saint Petersburg, FL.
Dr. Carl Klutke is an urologist in Venice, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Klutke speaks German. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Klutke is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klutke takes.
Dr. Dennis Hoover's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Dr. Hoover is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In his practice, he is particularly interested in circumcision and lithotripsy (stone fragmentation). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoover takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.
Clinical interests: Circumcision, Lithotripsy, X-Rays
Dr. Ethan Polsky is a pediatric urologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dr. Polsky performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. In his practice, Dr. Polsky focuses on robotic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Polsky speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.
Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery
Dr. Christos Politis sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in robotic surgery. Dr. Politis is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. Dr. Politis accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Politis trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Politis is conversant in Greek.
Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery
Dr. Mark Kolligian works as a pediatric urologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolligian include spina bifida. Dr. Kolligian's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Kolligian attended medical school at New York Medical College. He is conversant in Spanish.
Clinical interests: Spina Bifida
Dr. Nicholas Laryngakis specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Laryngakis 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. Laryngakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.
Dr. Reid Graves is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. Dr. Graves obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and 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.