Kidney Health

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 […]

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

October 23, 2014  |  Kidney Health  TV Appearances  

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, […]

Why are kidney stones more common in Texas?

June 10, 2014  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  

Austin and its surrounding cities (Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Bastrop, and San Marcos) are at higher risk of making stones mostly due to the hot weather. During the summer, people enjoy spending time outside. Austin, in particular is a very active city and many people do not hydrate as well as they should. […]