Expert Insights

Austin Vasectomy

June 17, 2012  |  Vasectomy  

Patients are choosing the Austin Urology Institute for their  Austin vasectomy.  Why?  There are many reasons….first we have an excellent location just right off North Mopac, just north of the Domain Mall.  When you call for an appointment, our friendly staff (no computers or leaving messages!) will help you find our first available day (or […]

Prostate Cancer, PSA testing, and the USPSTF

May 29, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

Lately there has been a lot of great discussion in regards to PSA, prostate cancer, and the USPSTF comments.  The best part of this discussion, is that it has engaged physicians, patients, politicians, and other interested parties in a healthy debate over how we diagnose, manage, and treat prostate cancer. As a member of the […]

Low Testosterone?

May 25, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

One of the fastest growing parts of our practice has been the evaluation, treatment, and management of men with “Low T”, or low testosterone. Why?  I believe that media reports, advertising, and the fact that more and more of us are wanting to stay alert, mentally engaged, energetic, sexually active, and in general “young” despite […]

DaVinci Partial Nephrectomy

May 22, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

Thanks to advanced imaging technologies, we are identifying tumors of the kidney earlier and earlier all the time. Whereas many doctors remove the entire kidney for a small tumor, advanced robotic surgery now allows us to remove just the part of the kidney with a malignancy, leaving the rest of the normal kidney behind.  It […]

PSA Screening

May 21, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

There has been a lot of controversy regarding PSA testing.  I have been a long believer that there are two types of prostate cancer, one which is a indolent, or slow growing cancer that is more a “disease of natural aging”, and a second one, which is an aggressive cancer capable of causing an early […]

No-Needle Vasectomy in Austin!

May 18, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

Click here for more information on our vasectomy services! Typically, a vasectomy is a short, 15-minute procedure that is usually performed on a Friday, or on select Saturdays in the office. Two small incisions the width of this line —-  are all that are needed to perform the procedure, and going to work on Monday isn’t a […]

Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 17, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

We continue to see exciting developments in the treatment of prostate cancer. Although DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy and Radiation therapy continue to be mainstays of therapy, we continue to see improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate Cancer. Several recent articles came out just recently, see below for more information: The Wall Street Journal (5/17, Dooren, Loftus, […]

Renal Cell Carcinoma

May 14, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

Patients have been undergoing surgery for kidney cancer, or renal cell cancer for a long time.  New to the fight has been the utilization of robotics, for what we call nephron-sparing surgery.  What is nephron-sparing surgery? Well, why remove the whole kidney, when only part of it has a malignancy in it?  I describe it […]

Proton therapy for Prostate Cancer?

May 14, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

There are many options for management of prostate cancer.  This includes, but is not limited to, observation or active surveillance, radiation therapy (includes brachytherapy, external beam therapy, IMRT), cryotherapy, HIFU, surgery (robotic DaVinci or open), and proton therapy.  I tell my patients when there are so many options, you know that there is no one […]

Urinary Tract Infections

May 9, 2012  |  Uncategorized  

Read a great article about how there is increasing resistance to powerful antibiotics, mainly through over-use of medications for urinary tract infections.  At the Austin Urology Institute, we use a thorough, extensive process looking at the kidneys, ureters, and bladder for sources of UTIs, such as blocked kidneys (UPJ obstruction), kidney stones, or tumors.  After […]

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