We found 6 providers with an interest in benign prostatic hyperplasia and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Edward "ted" M. Schaeffer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edward Schaeffer is an urologist. Dr. Schaeffer's areas of expertise include the following: benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), cancer screening, and prostate cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Schaeffer has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Prostate Cancer

Dr. William J Catalona, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. William Catalona's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Clinical interests for Dr. Catalona include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), genetic issues, and prostate cancer. Patient reviews placed Dr. Catalona at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Catalona has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Prostate Surgery, Genetic Issues, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Prostate ... (Read more)

Dr. Geoffery Engel, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Geoffery Engel specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Engel is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Engel include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engel accepts. Dr. Engel has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthias Dominikus Hofer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Matthias Hofer is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Hofer's clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and incontinence. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hofer honors. His practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Ulm Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Penile Disorders, Incontinence, Urethral Reconstruction, Erectile Dysfunction, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles F McKiel Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1725 W. Harrison Street; Suite 762
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Charles McKiel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. McKiel has indicated that his clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush University Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McKiel accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. McKiel's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Dennis A Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 970
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Dr. Pessis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pessis has an open panel. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Pessis trained at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (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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