Your-sectomy: It Should Be Up to You

July 13, 2018

Austin Urology Institute is proud to offer our vasectomy services for patients sprawling from San Antonio all the way to San Marcos. Besides our top of the line 5-star Facilities and team of physicians, it makes sense why our patients are so committed to traveling so far to receive our care. Along with earning the Austin Top Urologist Award from Austin monthly, we pride ourselves on expanding on a quick… Read more

It Shouldn’t Be Hard to Go With The Flow

July 13, 2018

You’ve been there multiple times in your life – arriving at an event or happening and having to track down the location of the bathroom before you even find your seat. Maybe you don’t even have to go yet, but you already know that halfway through that iced tea you’re going to be heading for the hills, so it’s best to know where the ‘hills’ are in case of an… Read more

Trust Our Tech To Treat Your Urologic Cancer

June 26, 2018

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 environment that focuses on precise diagnosis, treatment, and management of your urologic cancer. Find a… Read more

Infertility By The Numbers

June 18, 2018

Did you know even a single degree in temperature difference can negatively impact sperm count? Turn to the family planning expert Dr. Shaw, to start focusing on life goals. Infertility in Women If you have been trying for baby and either cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year, you may be struggling with infertility. If you are a woman over age 35, you should talk… Read more

Will Male Infertility Destroy America? (No, BUT…)

December 14, 2017

America may self-destruct in the near future, and surprisingly it may have more to do with male infertility than the current political climate. After years of steady decline, the number of women giving birth in the U.S. has reached an all-time low this year. This decline isn’t all bad news, birth rates have decreased amongst teenagers and women in their 20s, while women in their 30s and 40s are seeing… Read more

How Do You Protect Your Prostate?

December 1, 2017

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. Yet, when detected in its early stages, prostate cancer can be effectively treated and cured. Here’s what you need to know: Step 1 – Get Screened Men ages 55 and older should be screened yearly with a PSA blood test and a prostate exam by an experienced physician. Those with risk factors should be screened… Read more

Giving a Live On-Air Prostate Exam

September 21, 2017

It’s prostate cancer awareness month so as a urologist, it is our civic duty to inform the public about the most common cancer among men. Aside from examining and treating our patients with advanced procedures like the robotic prostatectomy, Dr. Shaw takes to the airwaves on KLBJ FM to inform the public about men’s health issues. Yesterday, he took it a step further by giving live prostate exams on the… Read more

Dr. Shaw Talks Prostate Health and UroNav with KXAN

June 26, 2017

Dr. Shaw made one of his frequent appearances on Austin’s KXAN news this weekend to spread the word about some important men’s health issues during Men’s Health Month. Dr. Shaw breaks down when you should get a prostate cancer screening, the importance of both PSA testing and physical exams and the value of a new technique called UroNav. You can check out the full video below. 

Austin Urology Institute Welcomes Samantha Thiry, FNP-BC

May 9, 2017

We’re very pleased to announce the latest addition to our spectacular team at Austin Urology Institute. Samantha Thiry, FNP-BC will be joining us as our newest nurse practitioner!  Samantha is a board certified nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Austin Urology Institute, Samantha worked as a urology nurse practitioner in Miami, FL since 2015 and was credentialed with a magnet facility recognized for nursing excellence. She has more than eight years… Read more

Life’s Better When You Get Snipped Together

March 28, 2017

Step one: settle down. Step two: start a family. Step three: realize that kids are no cakewalk and you’re ready to be done changing diapers. When the time comes to make sure your baby-making days are really over, a vasectomy is one of the safest, easiest, and most reliable forms of permanent birth control. But here’s a weird idea you won’t hear every day, even in Austin: Do it with… Read more

Keep Your Kidneys Healthy on World Kidney Day

March 9, 2017

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 sure you’re doing right by your kidneys!   

Dr. Shaw on Dudley & Bob 2/22

February 24, 2017

Once again, Dr. Shaw has made his regular house call to KLBJ’s Dudley & Bob + Matt to help the people of Austin with their urologic issues. Dr. Shaw talked to the guys about men’s and women’s health issues, helped out some callers and even tried his hand at an ad read. Check out the full interview below.   

What is a no scalpel vasectomy?

February 2, 2017

Patients sometimes ask me about the possibility of a no scalpel vasectomy. I’m not sure where they get this term from, maybe advertisements or Googling. I’m not surprised by this question, since the thought of a scalpel in that particular area is going to cause a little bit of anxiety, but it’s really nothing to fear.  A no scalpel vasectomy is mostly a marketing term. Instead of using a scalpel… Read more

Why does my groin hurt?

January 25, 2017

There are many causes of groin pain in men (as any episode of the Three Stooges can attest). Some are nothing to be concerned about, while others are a sign that you should see a urologist right away.    One cause is very obvious – trauma to the scrotal area will cause groin pain. Any kind of muscle, tendon, or ligament injury can contribute to groin pain. We see this… Read more

Why I Founded Austin Urology Institute

January 10, 2017

People ask me all the time, “Why in the heck did you choose urology?!?” I’ve got several funny answers to that question, but it all started back at Boston University School of Medicine, where I was trying to decide between going into medicine or surgery. After rotating through several specialties, I decided that I was a surgeon at heart. I then began to rotate through several surgical fields, getting a… Read more

From Africa To Austin: In Search of The Plumber of People

December 5, 2016

Recently, Dr. Shaw had the privilege of treating the Hon. Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, former Deputy Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for the Republic of Malawi and former Director and Principal Advisor of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Dr. Mwalwanda traveled more than 9,000 miles to be treated at Austin Urology Institute. Dr. Mwalwanda took the time to share his experience in his own words. From Africa… Read more

Why You Keep Getting UTIs

November 22, 2016

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are no fun. It’s not unusual to get a UTI every once in a while and they are generally treated pretty easily with antibiotics, but if you’re getting them frequently, it may be time to see a doctor. We tend to think of UTIs in younger women as being associated with sexual intercourse, but recurring UTIs can also be caused by problems with the bladder. Tests… Read more

How Bladder Cancer Hides in Women

November 16, 2016

This week, we’re continuing our series on the bladder for Bladder Health Month. Today, we’re talking about bladder cancer, and specifically bladder cancer in women.  Like many urologic problems, we tend to think of bladder cancer as something that affects older men. There is some truth to this. Of the estimate 77,000 new cases of bladder cancer in 2016, only 25% of those diagnosed will be women.  However, women are… Read more

What Are Kidney Cysts?

November 15, 2016

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 50 will have at least one renal cyst, and individuals may have cysts grow slowly by size or number… Read more

Bedwetting Doesn’t Just Affect Children

November 10, 2016

November is Bladder Health month and we’re highlighting a few topics that don’t get much attention throughout the year. This week, we’re covering adult bedwetting (or, as urologists call it, nocturia.) Nocturia affects 5 million adults across the United States, which hopefully makes you feel less alone if you have the occasional accident.  You may be surprised to learn that adult bedwetting is most prevalent in people aged 18-44. More… Read more