The “consumerization” of healthcare, OR, the rise of the Self Pay patient

Health care is changing rapidly.  Lack of doctors participating in Covered California, high deductible insurance plans, expansion of MediCal in California, and plans charging higher copays are causing high costs, lack of access, and unsatisfying patient experiences.  At Associated Urologists of Orange County, we welcome all patients as valued customers. Whether you find yourself without insurance,.. read more →

No link between vasectomy and prostate cancer

AUA: No link between vasectomy, Prostate Cancer risk November 10, 2014 The American Urological Association has refuted findings from a recent study that reported a modest association between vasectomy and lethal prostate cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2014; 32:3033-8), reported an association between vasectomy and lethal prostate cancer (defined as.. read more →

Top reasons to see a urologist

As I looked at the other posts at the Orange County Urology Blog, I realized that some people might still not know why someone goes to see a urologist.  Here are the top reasons.  Blood in the urine. This is called hematuria. It can be invisible (microscopic hematuria) just showing up on a lab test,.. read more →

What is a urologist?

Urology covers a lot of different organs and different conditions. Urologists treat both men and women. A urologist is the specialist for the kidneys, ureters (the tubes that carry the urine from the kidneys to the bladder), bladder and urethra (the tube that carries the urine from the bladder out of your body).  Urologists are.. read more →

What is PSA? Should I see a Urologist? Do I need a prostate biopsy?

PSA, or Prostate Specific Antigen, is a protein made by the prostate. A PSA test is a blood test that simply measures the level of PSA protein in the blood. PSA levels rise for many reasons Age Prostate size Prostate infection or inflammation (prostatitis) Sometimes ejaculation Bike riding Viral illnesses (significant cold and flu with.. read more →

What’s the Best Treatment for the Enlarged Prostate?

This is a question that I am frequently asked by my patients, friends and fellow gym members. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or the enlarged prostate is a common problem that affects the aging male starting at about 45-50 years of age. The enlarging prostate narrows the urethra and causes slow and difficult urination. It can.. read more →

QME in Urology – My Personal Experience

  The California Workers’ Compensation (WC) system was initially established in 1911, as a voluntary plan by California employers to care for employees injured on the job. The California legislature passed the Boynton Act in 1913 requiring most employers to have WC coverage. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Safety Act replaced the Boynton Act in.. read more →

The Rise and Fall of the Mesh

I recently attended the 13th Annual Female Urology and Urogynecology Symposium (FUUS) that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 12 to 14, 2014. All subjects pertaining to female urological and pelvic floor disorders were discussed by leading authorities in those fields. A lot of time was spent discussing  the subject of the use.. read more →

PSA – What is it?

What is the PSA test? Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The blood level of PSA is often elevated in men with prostate cancer. In addition to prostate cancer, a number of benign (not cancerous) conditions can cause a man’s PSA level to rise. The most frequent.. read more →

Blood in the urine

Blood in the urine is referred to as “hematuria.”  If you can’t see it, it is called “microscopic hematuria.”  If it is visible, it is called “gross hematuria” (not because it is “gross”, but because that is the medical term for obvious or visible without tests or a microscope). The American Urologic Association believes that.. read more →