Kidney Health

Prevent Kidney Stones Naturally

February 13, 2021  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Uncategorized  

Urine naturally contains minerals and salts. When the urine is concentrated with these compounds it can cause hard stones to form in the kidneys (hence the name kidney stones). Once the kidney stones begin to move into the ureter towards the bladder, that kidney stone is now called a ureteral stone and it’s trying to […]

What can you do right now to help prevent kidney stones?

February 10, 2021  |  Austin Urology  Bladder  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Men's Health  Women's Health  

Kidney stones. The name alone is enough to leave some people shuttering. While some kidney stones are as small as a grain of sand and pass through the ureter without us even knowing, some can leave you with a sharp pain in your back, side, lower abdomen, or groin, and chances are the task of […]

Never Get Another UTI While You’re Pregnant

December 3, 2019  |  Bladder  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  UTIs  

Urinary tract infections or bladder infections (UTIs) are common in pregnancy with between 2-10% of women diagnosed with them while pregnant. Pregnant women are at increased risk for UTIs starting in week 6 through week 24. So if you’re in a similar situation, this info might help you maintain your urologic health and your sanity […]

The “Quality of Life” Items Your Doctor Often Forgets

November 30, 2019  |  Bladder  Enlarged Prostate  Erectile Dysfunction  Incontinence  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Men's Health  Prostate Cancer  Vasectomy  

During my medical school and training, I, along with other medical professionals were taught how to properly analyze, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of disease processes. While learning “how to doctor,” patient encounters were typically rote and followed a fairly strict protocol and ritual: obtain a history, perform a physical exam, provide an assessment […]

Skipping Rocks – Kidney Stones Causes, Types and Prevention

February 18, 2019  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  

Types of Kidney Stones There are a few things all Kidney stones have in common: for one, all are caused by high levels of minerals and salts in the urine. But they also come in many different forms – from “silent” and symptomless to extremely painful, from small to large, from common to rare. Here […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Robotics

September 14, 2018  |  Bladder  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  Prostate Cancer  Robotic Surgery  

Robotics. It may sound Star Wars-related or like a futuristic concept to some, but in reality robotic surgery has been around for many years. The very first robotic surgical procedure, a gall bladder removal, took place in 1987. The benefits of DaVinci robotics are so encouraging that the technique is widely used in many different […]

Trust Our Tech To Treat Your Urologic Cancer

June 26, 2018  |  Bladder  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  Men's Health  Prostate Cancer  Robotic Surgery  

We understand how shocking a diagnosis of a urologic cancer can be. In those difficult times you deserve the best treatment. You need an experienced medical team willing to discuss the full range of treatments available to you, including surgical options. Look for a surgeon who utilizes the latest technology and provides a friendly, comforting […]

Keep Your Kidneys Healthy on World Kidney Day

March 9, 2017  |  Kidney Health  

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 […]

What Are Kidney Cysts?

November 15, 2016  |  Kidney Health  

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 […]

Dr. Shaw Talks Kidney Transplantation on KEYE

December 14, 2015  |  Kidney Health  

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 […]