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Dr. William E Kaplan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. William Kaplan is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurogenic bladder, kidney problems, and hydrocele. The average patient rating for Dr. Kaplan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaplan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Kaplan completed residency programs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kaplan has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, Neuro-Urologic Disorders, Kidney Problems, Hydrocele, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth B Yerkes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yerkes' medical specialty is pediatric urology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in neurogenic bladder and urodynamics (bladder and urethra function test). Dr. Yerkes is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Yerkes has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Disorders, Gynecological Problems, Genitourinary Reconstruction, Neurogenic Bladder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Earl Y Cheng, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Earl Cheng works as a pediatric urologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Heights, IL. Patients gave Dr. Cheng an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheng include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Cheng is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Disorders, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Neurogenic Bladder, Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Max Maizels, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Urology
1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
 

Dr. Max Maizels is a specialist in pediatric surgery and urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Maizels is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maizels accepts. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Maizels attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Clinical interests: Urinary Incontinence, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Urinary Tract Infection

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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.

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