Does Austin Urology Institute treat men and women?

October 27, 2014

AUI treats both men and women. In both patients, we treat for kidney stones, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and other abnormalities of the kidney or urinary tract. Male patients are also seen for low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, prostate enlargement, and prostate cancer to name a few. We see female patients for urological issues such as urinary incontinence (leakage), frequent urinary tract infections, and overactive bladder. We also work closely with… Read more

Austin Urology Institute to offer Urolift for Enlarged Prostate Issues

October 24, 2014

Austin Urology Institute is proud to amongst the first in the State of Texas to offer the novel Urolift device to help treat symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH). In America, over 12 million men are affected with BPH. In all men, the prostate begins to grow or enlarge after the age of 40. In some men, especially with a family history of prostate issues, the prostate can continue to grow… Read more

What does a urologist do?

October 24, 2014

If you’ve noticed something unusual with your body and chosen to see a urologist, or been referred to a urologist by another doctor, you may not know what to expect or what a urologist actually treats. A urologist is a specialist who deals with problems of the urinary system which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and urethra. In addition to the urinary system, a urologist also sees male patients… Read more

Dr. Shaw Discusses the Need for More Kidney Donors on KXAN

October 23, 2014

There’s a growing need for kidney donors in the United States. The number of people in need of a transplant has doubled in the past 12 years, and some of them have been waiting over five years for a new kidney.   As the demand as increased, the number of living donors has actually fallen, which means more than 4,000 people die each year while waiting for a donor kidney…. Read more

Treating Prostate Cancer with Robotics

October 22, 2014

Cancer fighting technology is continually evolving and we’re always striving at Austin Urology Institute to provide the best and most advanced care. One of the foremost examples of this commitment is our robotic surgery unit, which is capable of treating prostate cancer in unprecedented ways. How is prostate cancer treated with robotics? A radical robotic prostatectomy is done to remove the entire prostate and seminal vesicles (which also secrete semen)…. Read more

Is prostate cancer hereditary?

October 20, 2014

Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk of developing the disease. The risk correlates with the number of first-degree relatives (father, brother or uncle) affected by prostate cancer and the age at onset. It important to begin screening around age 40 if you have family history of prostate cancer.

Treating Bladder Cancer with Robotics

October 17, 2014

Cancer fighting technology is continually evolving and we’re always striving at Austin Urology Institute to provide the best and most advanced care. One of the foremost examples of this commitment is our robotic surgery unit, which is capable of treating bladder cancer in unprecedented ways. The robot may be used to remove all or part of the bladder for treatment of bladder cancer. If this surgery is necessary, your doctor… Read more

Screening Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

October 15, 2014

Approximately 15% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the course of their lives. It’s vital that all men be aware of the risks and be vigilant about screening. What are the recommended prostate cancer screenings? Prostate cancer screening includes the prostate exam and PSA blood test. Screening begins at age 55, and is continued every 1-2 years as long as it remains normal. For patients with risk… Read more

Is bladder cancer hereditary?

October 13, 2014

While there is not a strong genetic link for bladder cancer, there are types that may be hereditary. If you have a family history of bladder cancer, there is no routine screening that is required; however, it is important to let your doctor know in case symptoms occur. The biggest risk factor for bladder cancer is personal history of smoking. Second-hand smoke exposure may also put you at risk, but… Read more

Robotic Kidney Cancer Treatment

October 10, 2014

Cancer fighting technology is continually evolving and, at Austin Urology Institute,¬†we’re always striving to provide the best and most advanced care. One of the foremost examples of this commitment is our Da Vinci robot, which is capable of treating kidney cancer in unprecedented ways. We use the Da Vinci robot to perform a partial nephrectomy. This surgery involves removal of the portion of the kidney that contains the cancer or… Read more

Are Kidney Stones Hereditary?

October 8, 2014

Yes! So the next time you feel that twinge of pain, go ahead and blame your relatives. Kidney stones are hereditary. If your parents or other family members have had kidney stones, you are also at risk to have them. With family history, it is important to alter your diet to prevent stones. This includes staying well hydrated, limiting caffeine intake, adding lemon juice to water, and overall having a… Read more

Common Vasectomy Questions and Concerns

October 6, 2014

Despite being a fairly common and simple procedure, there’s a lot of misinformation about vasectomies floating around. If you’re fuzzy on the details, this Q&A clears up some common misconceptions. If I get a vasectomy now can it be reversed? A vasectomy may technically be reversed, however the success rate of a reversal is about 50%. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens tube is cut. In order for a reversal… Read more

Vasectomy vs Tubal Ligation

October 1, 2014

When your family reaches the perfect size and you’re considering long-term birth control solutions, you want one that’s easy, spontaneous and, most importantly, effective. Two of the more popular options are vasectomy for men and tubal ligation for women. The procedures are often seen as equivalent, but the male vasectomy is a simpler, less expensive, and much less intrusive option. Vasectomies are also 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. If you’re… Read more