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Dr. Robert Fritz Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Robert Smith works as an urologist in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His areas of expertise include prostate brachytherapy. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Brachytherapy

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). She studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Piontek completed her residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her clinical interests include robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. William Tad Wilson, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independece, MO
 

Dr. William Wilson practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Independece, MO, Independence, MO, and Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Wilson is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Wilson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cryosurgery, Tumor, Outpatient Care, Laser Treatment, Kidney Problems

Dr. Ryan Thomas Miller, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Ryan Miller's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests encompass bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and urinary incontinence. Dr. Miller is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Cryosurgery, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Bradley Keith Stanley, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Bradley Stanley's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Stanley is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Stanley takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Dr. James Sanford McIntosh, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. James McIntosh practices urology (urinary tract disease). In Dr. McIntosh's practice, Dr. McIntosh is particularly interested in robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health. Dr. McIntosh is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. McIntosh is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program.

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Dr. John Russell Moore, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Moore practices urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Moore takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. David C Lewing, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. David Lewing's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Lewing average 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Lewing is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health.

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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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