We found 7 providers with an interest in benign prostatic hyperplasia and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Waupaca, WI.

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Dr. Robert Elmer Vlach Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Robert Vlach works as an urologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vlach include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and male incontinence. Dr. Vlach is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Dr. Tait D Fors, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Tait Fors sees patients in Waupaca, WI, Appleton, WI, and Fond Du Lac, WI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fors include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Fors performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Dr. Scott C Kolbeck, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Scott Kolbeck practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Kolbeck include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Kolbeck attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kolbeck is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Dr. Daniel J Higgins, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Daniel Higgins' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Higgins's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Higgins attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Dr. Omar Atassi, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Omar Atassi is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Neenah, WI, Berlin, WI, and New London, WI. Dr. Atassi's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Atassi attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Dr. Michael James Murphy, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Michael Murphy practices urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). The average patient rating for Dr. Murphy is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Murphy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Murphy obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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Jessica Marie Lillie
Specializes in Family Medicine
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Ms. Jessica Lillie practices family medicine in Shawano, WI, Waupaca, WI, and Appleton, WI. Clinical interests for Ms. Lillie include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Ms. Lillie is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Lillie honors.

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Relevant Interests: , benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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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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