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Dr. Karen Ann Delhey, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karen Delhey's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Delhey attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. On average, patients gave Dr. Delhey a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Delhey has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Delhey welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stent, Kidney Problems, Ureteroscopy, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Guy Nickell, MD
Specializes in Urology
4223 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Nickell's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated Dr. Nickell highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Nickell include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Nickell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Owen Iii Baum III, MD
Specializes in Urology
4223 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Baum's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Baum include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Baum attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Baum has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Transurethral Resection of the ... (Read more)

Dr. David Shu-Cheung Ho, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street.; Suite 1554
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Ho's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Ho focuses on urinary tract infection (UTI), ureteroscopy, and vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ho welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Ureteroscopy, Vasectomy, Urinary Tract Infection

Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Irving Fishman is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Fishman's clinical interests: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishman honors. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fishman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic ... (Read more)

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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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