Austin Urology Institute Welcomes Samantha Thiry, FNP-BC
May 9, 2017
We’re very pleased to announce the latest addition to our spectacular team at Austin Urology Institute. Samantha Thiry, FNP-BC will be joining us as our newest nurse practitioner! Samantha is a board certified nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Austin Urology Institute, Samantha worked as a urology nurse practitioner in Miami, FL since 2015 and was credentialed with a magnet facility recognized for nursing excellence. She has more than eight years… Read more
Life’s Better When You Get Snipped Together
March 28, 2017
Step one: settle down. Step two: start a family. Step three: realize that kids are no cakewalk and you’re ready to be done changing diapers. When the time comes to make sure your baby-making days are really over, a vasectomy is one of the safest, easiest, and most reliable forms of permanent birth control. But here’s a weird idea you won’t hear every day, even in Austin: Do it with… Read more
Keep Your Kidneys Healthy on World Kidney Day
March 9, 2017
March is National Kidney Month and March 10 is World Kidney Day. At Austin Urology Institute, we treat all manner of kidney conditions – from kidney stones to kidney cancer. However, we’d much rather you take care of your kidneys to prevent these issues before they happen. So today, review our kidney health infographic and make sure you’re doing right by your kidneys!
Dr. Shaw on Dudley & Bob 2/22
February 24, 2017
Once again, Dr. Shaw has made his regular house call to KLBJ’s Dudley & Bob + Matt to help the people of Austin with their urologic issues. Dr. Shaw talked to the guys about men’s and women’s health issues, helped out some callers and even tried his hand at an ad read. Check out the full interview below.
What is a no scalpel vasectomy?
February 2, 2017
Patients sometimes ask me about the possibility of a no scalpel vasectomy. I’m not sure where they get this term from, maybe advertisements or Googling. I’m not surprised by this question, since the thought of a scalpel in that particular area is going to cause a little bit of anxiety, but it’s really nothing to fear. A no scalpel vasectomy is mostly a marketing term. Instead of using a scalpel… Read more
Why does my groin hurt?
January 25, 2017
There are many causes of groin pain in men (as any episode of the Three Stooges can attest). Some are nothing to be concerned about, while others are a sign that you should see a urologist right away. One cause is very obvious – trauma to the scrotal area will cause groin pain. Any kind of muscle, tendon, or ligament injury can contribute to groin pain. We see this… Read more
Why I Founded Austin Urology Institute
January 10, 2017
People ask me all the time, “Why in the heck did you choose urology?!?” I’ve got several funny answers to that question, but it all started back at Boston University School of Medicine, where I was trying to decide between going into medicine or surgery. After rotating through several specialties, I decided that I was a surgeon at heart. I then began to rotate through several surgical fields, getting a… Read more
From Africa To Austin: In Search of The Plumber of People
December 5, 2016
Recently, Dr. Shaw had the privilege of treating the Hon. Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, former Deputy Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for the Republic of Malawi and former Director and Principal Advisor of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Dr. Mwalwanda traveled more than 9,000 miles to be treated at Austin Urology Institute. Dr. Mwalwanda took the time to share his experience in his own words. From Africa… Read more
Why You Keep Getting UTIs
November 22, 2016
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are no fun. It’s not unusual to get a UTI every once in a while and they are generally treated pretty easily with antibiotics, but if you’re getting them frequently, it may be time to see a doctor. We tend to think of UTIs in younger women as being associated with sexual intercourse, but recurring UTIs can also be caused by problems with the bladder. Tests… Read more
How Bladder Cancer Hides in Women
November 16, 2016
This week, we’re continuing our series on the bladder for Bladder Health Month. Today, we’re talking about bladder cancer, and specifically bladder cancer in women. Like many urologic problems, we tend to think of bladder cancer as something that affects older men. There is some truth to this. Of the estimate 77,000 new cases of bladder cancer in 2016, only 25% of those diagnosed will be women. However, women are… Read more
What Are Kidney Cysts?
November 15, 2016
Kidney cysts are fluid filled pouches that form on the kidney. It is not well known as to why these form. Most of the time they are found incidentally during an ultrasound or Cat Scan (CT). There is some evidence that suggests males tend to have renal cysts more than females. Statistics show that 50% of the population older than age 50 will have at least one renal cyst, and individuals may have cysts grow slowly by size or number… Read more
Bedwetting Doesn’t Just Affect Children
November 10, 2016
November is Bladder Health month and we’re highlighting a few topics that don’t get much attention throughout the year. This week, we’re covering adult bedwetting (or, as urologists call it, nocturia.) Nocturia affects 5 million adults across the United States, which hopefully makes you feel less alone if you have the occasional accident. You may be surprised to learn that adult bedwetting is most prevalent in people aged 18-44. More… Read more
The Facts About Overactive Bladder
November 3, 2016
November is Bladder Health Month, which means it’s a good time to check in with Dr. Shaw if you’ve been noticing any unusual activity when it comes to your flow. Going to the bathroom too much or too little can be signs of more pressing health problems that require a doctor’s care. Overactive Bladder can be a very annoying condition, but you’re not alone. OAB affects more than 33 million… Read more
Urolift Featured in Wall Street Journal
November 2, 2016
Urolift, an alternative treatment for enlarged prostate, was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. At Austin Urology Institute, we offer Urolift to our patients and we’re pleased to see this great option for men going mainstream. Hopefully, increased awareness will lead to more men seeking treatment for BPH. Check out the full article on WSJ.com.
Dr. Shaw On Fox 7
September 30, 2016
With Prostate Cancer Awareness Month ending soon, Dr. Shaw took to television to give Austin one final reminder about the importance of prostate cancer screenings and prevention. Check out Dr. Shaw’s entire segment with Dr. Kumar on Good Day Austin below.
Robotic Prostatectomy Vs Traditional Procedures
September 15, 2016
Dr. Koushik Shaw and Austin Urology Institute have been leading the way in robotic cancer surgery in Central Texas. This September, during Prostate Cancer Awareness month, it’s especially important to be aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and to know what types of treatment are available. This infographic breaks down the differences between a robotic prostatectomy and other, more traditional forms of treatment.
Burning Urology Questions with Dudley and Bob
September 15, 2016
Dr. Shaw made one of his regular house calls to Dudley & Bob + Matt of KLBJ FM the other day to help the people of Austin with their urologic issues. This time around, Dr. Shaw fielded questions about testicular pain, erectile dysfunction and blood in semen. Check out the entire segment on below or on SoundCloud!
Protect Your Prostate
September 7, 2016
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, which means it’s the perfect time to review the best ways to protect yourself from this common disease. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the United States after skin cancer, so all men need to be on alert for signs and symptoms. In order to help you out, Dr. Koushik Shaw and his team have put together this chart with everything you… Read more
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
August 22, 2016
You’re probably familiar with plaque on your teeth, and maybe even plaque in your arteries, but did you know that you can develop a plaque buildup in your penis? Plaque buildup in the penis can cause it to curve at a severe angle, impacting your ability to have sex. This condition is called Peyronie’s Disease. To learn more about Peyronie’s Disease, we’ve developed this handy chart with everything you need… Read more
The State of Fertility In The United States
July 27, 2016
Fertility in the United States Many of our patients at Austin Urology Institute are concerned with fertility. Some come to use because they’re done having children and are ready for a vasectomy, while others are struggling to conceive. Dr. Koushik Shaw of Austin Urology Institute and Dr. George Shashoua of Austin Urogynecology work together to help couples achieve happy reproductive outcomes. As this graphic illustrates, fertility issues are actually very… Read more