We found 5 urologists who accept Guardian Life PPO near Houston, TX.
Dr. Karen Delhey specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. The average patient rating for Dr. Delhey is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Delhey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. She is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stents, Kidney Problems, Ureteroscopy, ... (Read more)
Dr. Kevin Nickell practices urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Nickell's clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Nickell completed residency programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Nickell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.
Clinical interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser ... (Read more)
Dr. Lawrence Baum's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Baum honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Baum attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.
Clinical interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Transurethral Resection of the ... (Read more)
Dr. Irving Fishman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fishman include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fishman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fishman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.
Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic ... (Read more)
Dr. David Ho is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urinary tract infection (UTI), ureteroscopy, and vasectomy. Dr. Ho is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ho's office for an appointment.
Clinical interests: Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Ureteroscopy, Vasectomy, Urinary Tract Infection
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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.