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

Kidney Stone Nightmares

July 21, 2016

If you’ve ever experienced a kidney stone, it’s probably not something you want to repeat. Some people say it’s the pain equivalent of birthing a child. We’ve had some patients say they would rather give birth again. However, kidney stone problems don’t stop with pain. In certain cases, kidney stones can be extra nasty. If you experience any of these kidney stone nightmares, call us right away.  Stuck Kidney Stone… Read more

Dr. Shaw Talks Pee Palette With Prevention Magazine

June 24, 2016

Patients come to Dr. Koushik Shaw for his medical expertise with serious issues, like kidney cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Journalists come to Dr. Shaw for his medical expertise on things that might be slightly less serious. However, Dr. Shaw is always ready to heed the call and educate the public on urologic issues that may affect them.  This week, Dr. Shaw talked to Prevention Magazine about pee – specifically about what… Read more

Austin Urology Institute Telemedicine Featured In Community Impact

June 22, 2016

Community Impact recently featured a story about Austin Urology Institute’s new telemedicine services. The article points out the need for convenient access to urologic care, as the United States faces a shortage of urologists and includes quotes from Dr. Shaw about how telemedicine makes it easier for patients to receive quality care on their own terms.  Read the full article here: Urology Practice Offers Virtual Visits

More Sex, Fewer Worries: 20 Reasons To Get A Vasectomy

May 31, 2016

First comes marriage, then comes babies, then what? While many of us never thought the idea of  “surgery on my privates” would cross our mind, the growing list of positives for a vasectomy is far outweighing the negatives and many people are catching on to the procedure. “Vasectomy is one of the safest, most effective and most reliable forms of birth control,” said our own Dr. Shaw, head urologist at Austin… Read more

If You Can’t Go, Go With Urolift

May 18, 2016

Have plumbing issues? Have no fear, we are here for all your plumbing needs. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in aging men. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra. This can cause men to have trouble urinating leading to the symptoms of BPH.   Common options for the treatment of BPH include herbal medications,… Read more

Making House Calls: Austin Urology Institute Moves into the Future

May 12, 2016

“Facetime with your Physician”   As medicine advances, so should its ability to better take into account the demands and stresses of modern life. We have made a lot of progress in how we treat diseases, from ultrasonic kidney stone treatment to minimally invasive cancer-fighting robotic surgery. Now we have a new way of treating more patients, maximizing access and bringing our award winning care to wherever our patients are… Read more

How Testicular Cancer Affects Men’s Health

April 18, 2016

There’s no better time to learn about men’s health than during April’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men aged 18-35, and is a serious disease that require serious attention. In the United States alone, 8,800 men will be diagnosed with Testicular Cancer this year. Men in Northern American and Europe have an increased likelihood of the disease over men in Africa… Read more

Austin Urology Institute Offering Telemedicine Services

April 14, 2016

In order to better serve our patients from all over the world, Austin Urology Institute has partnered with Chiron Health to offer leading-edge telemedicine services. Telemedicine allows patients to visit with Dr. Shaw and the Austin Urology Institute team remotely, using a secure, HIPAA-compliant video chat. While telemedicine can’t totally replace in-person visits, it can be a great supplement to your care plan – particularly for patients who live very far… Read more

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April 7, 2016

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month, which is a good reminder to stay on top of your health! One of the most important things you can do during April to promote men’s health is get a testicular cancer screening. If your not due or if you’re not sure when you should get a testicular cancer screening, you can consult our hand fact sheet and contact us if you have any questions. Please consult the… Read more

What Is a Hydrocelectomy?

March 21, 2016

A hydrocele is a benign, non-cancerous collection of fluid surrounding the testicle. It is located within the outer layer of the testicle called the tunica vaginalis. Hydroceles can also develop due to inflammation or injury within the scrotum. The usual symptoms of a hydrocele include scrotal swelling, which can fluctuate throughout the day, as well as discomfort due to the increase size of the scrotum. Many men do not know… Read more

Surgery For Peyronie’s Disease

March 14, 2016

Peyronie’s Disease is a condition where plaques form underneath the skin of the penis and lead to a curvature of the organ. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for Peyronie’s Disease. How To Treat Peyronie’s With Surgery Surgery is reserved for men with severe, disabling penile deformities that prevent satisfactory sexual intercourse. Most physicians recommend avoiding surgery until the plaque and deformity have been stable and the patient pain-free for… Read more

Treating Peyronie’s Disease Without Surgery

March 7, 2016

Peyronie’s Disease is a condition where plaques form underneath the skin of the penis and lead to a curvature of the organ. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for Peyronie’s Disease. How to treat Peyronie’s without surgery In about 13% of cases, Peyronie’s Disease goes away without treatment. Many physicians recommend conservative (non-surgical) treatment for at least the first 12 months after symptoms present. There are different options for… Read more

AUI Offering Non-PSA Prostate Cancer Screenings

February 29, 2016

Austin Urology Institute is proud to be among the first to offer the Apifiny non-PSA Blood Test! Apifiny non-PSA Blood Test is a new prostate cancer diagnostic technology. This simple test measures unique biomarker (autoantibodies) proteins in the blood that are generated by a man’s immune system against cancer in prostate tissue. Apifiny helps rule in/out whether a patient might need further testing such as a biopsy. Together with a… Read more

Bladder Diverticulum: A Scary Word For A Not-So-Scary Condition

February 22, 2016

Don’t be intimidated by the long Latin word. A diverticulum is an outpouching in the bladder, when an abnormal sac or pouch forms at a weak point in the bladder wall. It can be congenital, as in present at birth, or it can develop later in life. Normally, the bladder is relaxed when it is either empty or filling. When the bladder is full, the brain sends signals to the musculature… Read more

Are There Vasectomy Side Effects?

January 13, 2016

As guys, we spend most of our lives trying to keep sharp objects away from our downstairs business (it’s the whole reason pants were invented) so apprehension about getting a vasectomy is normal. You may have heard horror stories, or maybe your imagination is enough to keep you sticking with less reliable birth control methods, but for most people, a vasectomy is simple procedure without much pain involved. Like all… Read more

Dr. Shaw on Let’s Get Healthy with Bill Swail

December 16, 2015

Dr. Koushik Shaw is no stranger to Austin media. He makes regular appearances on Dudley and Bob and he’s a frequent guest on Austin news channels. The other day, he made the jump to the AM side of the dial to appear on Let’s Get Healthy – a medical news and advice show sponsored by Peoples RX. Dr. Shaw and the hosts talked prostate cancer, vasectomy, female birth control and… Read more

Can Prostate Cancer Spread to the Bladder?

December 15, 2015

When caught early and treated, patients with prostate cancer have a high chance of being cancer-free after surgery. This will depend on the grade and extent of the cancer, as well as the patient’s other medical problems. While prostate cancer is considered a slow-growing cancer, it is still important to follow-up, and have proper screening done. If prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate, it first spreads to the lymph… Read more

Dr. Shaw Talks Kidney Transplantation on KEYE

December 14, 2015

There’s a major dearth of kidney donors in the United States, which means that Americans suffering from kidney disease must undergo time-consuming dialysis treatments in order to lead a normal life. One Austin family is using the holidays as a way to get more exposure for the need for kidney donors, and hopefully find a kidney for a local woman who was born with a kidney defect. Dr. Koushik Shaw… Read more