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We found 5 urologists who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Palos Heights, IL.

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Dr. Steven M Pierpaoli, MD
Specializes in Urology
12800 South Ridgeland Avenue; Suite F
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Steven Pierpaoli's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include robotic surgery. Dr. Pierpaoli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Pierpaoli accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Sexual Health Issues, Cancer, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Mark B Lyon, MD
Specializes in Urology
12800 South Ridgeland Avenue; Suite F
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Mark Lyon's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Lyon average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lyon include robotic surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lyon takes. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Lyon attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery

Dr. Ronald James Bonaguro, MD
Specializes in Urology
9760 South Kedzie Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Ronald Bonaguro practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Evergreen Park, IL and Homer Glen, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bonaguro include robotic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Bonaguro's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery

Dr. Herme O Sylora, MD
Specializes in Urology
12800 South Ridgeland Avenue; Suite F
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Herme Sylora works as an urologist. Dr. Sylora has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Sylora trained at Sisters of Charity Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency.

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Dr. James A Sylora, MD
Specializes in Urology
12800 South Ridgeland Avenue; Suite F
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. James Sylora is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Sylora's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) cancer and robotic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sylora is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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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.