What Patients Can Expect at Their Urology Appointment

A urology appointment is crucial for individuals who are dealing with issues related to the urinary tract, bladder or male reproductive system. If a primary care physician (PCP) believes an individual requires treatment for urological conditions or diseases, he or she may refer this patient to a urologist for additional support. Urologists specialize in urological conditions and diseases. As such, they possess the skills and know-how to diagnose and treat problems that affect the urinary tract, bladder and male reproductive system.

Meeting with a urologist may seem stressful at first, but there is no need to worry. A urologist allocates time and resources to understand a patient’s symptoms and explains urological conditions, disorders and treatments in easy-to-understand terms. Then, a urologist offers an expert treatment plan.

Prior to meeting with a urologist, a patient needs to complete paperwork. A urologist requires a patient to provide details about his or her medical history and any current health issues. Additionally, a urologist asks a patient to provide a list of current over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. This information helps a urologist perform a complete review of a patient and provide proper diagnosis and treatment.

Questionnaires and surveys may also be used as part of the initial patient assessment process. For example, urologists sometimes use the International Prostate Symptom Score, a questionnaire that enables patients to provide insights into the severity of any urological problems. Meanwhile, a Urological Distress Inventory is commonly used to diagnose and address female incontinence, and a Sexual Health Inventory for Men often helps urologists analyze the erectile function of male patients.

Next, a urologist performs a physical examination, discusses a patient’s urological problems and provides treatment recommendations. A urologist may request additional tests that will be performed at the time of the current appointment or during a subsequent visit. These tests may include:

  • Blood Count Test: Evaluates a patient’s overall health and detects anemia, infection, leukemia and other health disorders.
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood; the PSA level often is elevated in men who experience prostate cancer.
  • Testosterone Level Test: Monitors the amount of testosterone in the blood; a low testosterone level in men may be a sign of hypogonadism or genetic disorders, while a high testosterone level in women may lead to infertility, development of body and facial hair or irregular menstrual periods.
  • Cystoscopy: Involves the use of an endoscopic instrument to visualize the lining of the bladder and urethra. A cystoscopy typically is performed at a urologist’s office.

After a urologist examines a patient’s test results, he or she offers a customized treatment plan. No two patients are exactly the same, and a urologist always tailors a treatment plan to address a patient’s symptoms. A urologist tracks a patient’s progress over the course of many weeks and months, and a treatment plan may be modified over time to ensure optimal results.

What Conditions and Diseases Does a Urologist Treat?

A urologist treats a variety of conditions and diseases, and these include:

  • Prostate Cancer: Occurs in the prostate, a male gland that produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, and a urologist administers a prostate cancer screening test to diagnose this disorder.
  • Kidney Cancer: Causes unexplained weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite and blood in the urine. There is no surefire cause of kidney cancer, but research indicates there are several risk factors associated with this disorder, include smoking, obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Kidney Stones: Form inside the kidneys and consist of hard deposits of minerals. There are many causes of kidney stones, and the stones may affect any part of the urinary tract.
  • Bladder Stones: Occur due to a build-up of minerals in the bladder. Studies show older men are more susceptible than others to bladder stones.
  • Kidney Infection: Begins in the urethra or bladder and affects one or both of the kidneys. A kidney infection requires immediate medical attention, and failure to address this issue may be fatal.
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Occur due to infections that affect the bladder, kidneys or urethra. Research indicates recurrent UTIs are common and may affect a woman over the course of several years.
  • Bladder Cancer: Begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. In many cases, bladder cancer can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
  • Testicular Cancer: Affects the male hormones and sperm. Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles and commonly affects men between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • Testicular Tumors: Affect men of all ages, but most frequently impact men between the ages of 20 and 34.
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Impacts men who cannot maintain an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. ED makes it difficult for men to get an erection and may cause reduced sexual desire.
  • Urinary Incontinence: Refers to the loss of bladder control. Urinary incontinence severity varies from occasional urine leakage to experiencing uncontrollable urges to urinate.

A urologist understands the aforementioned conditions and diseases and offers safe, effective urological procedures. Common urological procedures include:

  • Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversals: A vasectomy sterilizes a man and requires the closure or blockage of tubes that carry sperm to prevent sperm from entering the seminal stream; comparatively, a vasectomy reversal is used to correct a prior vasectomy procedure.
  • Surgical Removal of Kidney Stones: With surgery, a patient can address a wide range of kidney stones, including calcium stones, cysteine stones, struvite stones and uric stones. Surgery is used to treat patients who experience a kidney stone that is too big to pass on its own, continues to grow, blocks the flow of urine or causes severe pain.
  • Incontinence Surgery: Incontinence surgery allows patients to treat stress incontinence, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), overflow incontinence or mixed urinary incontinence. Most incontinence surgery options have high rates of success, and a urologist may recommend incontinence surgery if non-surgical treatments have failed to address urinary incontinence.
  • Prostate Biopsy: During a prostate biopsy, a urologist removes a small sample of tissue from the prostate to test for cancer. A prostate biopsy may be requested if a blood test or digital rectal exam indicates a patient may be suffering from prostate cancer.

Prior to performing any of the aforementioned procedures, a urologist meets with a patient and responds to any concerns or questions. A urologist explains the ins and outs of a urological procedure and helps a patient make an informed decision. As a result, a urologist and patient work together to achieve the best-possible results.

Contact the Urologists at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles Today

The urologists at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles are devoted to patients and help patients in any way they can. Our urologists work with patients to alleviate urological conditions and diseases and provide comprehensive support at all times.

In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions and diseases, our urologists perform urological procedures. To find out more about how the urologists at La Peer can help you address bladder, urinary tract or male reproductive system problems, please contact us today at (855) 360-9119 to schedule a consultation.

Podiatry (Foot Doctor) Bunion Surgery, Hammer Toe | Los Angeles, Beverly Hills


Podiatrist Los AngelesThe Department of Podiatry deals specifically with the feet and the infections and conditions of the foot. There are 26 bones and 107 ligaments in the adult human foot. There are many conditions that can affect and hurt your feet.

Many people experience complications with this part of the body and all its ligaments and bones. Our feet support the weight and force of our bodies every time we take a step. Our feet take a daily beating. The most common problems of the feet are associated with constant use, ill-fitting shoes, and improper alignment. Many patients opt for cosmetic foot surgery as a means to improve the aesthetic look of their feet.

The Department of Podiatry at La Peer Health Systems employs some of the most modern and innovative diagnostic tools, treatment methods, and minimally invasive surgical techniques to provide better health care and help patients heal faster with a decreased risk of complications. Some of the most common conditions and procedures treated at La Peer Health Systems include:

Podiatry Conditions

  • Arthritis of the toe, heel, and ankle
  • Bunions
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Foot Deformities
  • Fungal Nails
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel Pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Warts

Podiatry Procedures

Our highly trained podiatrist brings a great deal of experience to La Peer’s Podiatry Department. From bunion surgery to foot or ankle fractures and beyond, the Department of Podiatry at La Peer Health Systems is one of the best departments for this field of medicine in the United States. You can learn more about foot and ankle surgery at La Peer by visiting our Foot and Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence website.

La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

To request more information, please call the Podiatry Department at (855) 360-9119 or e-mail us at [email protected]

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Bariatric Surgery, Surgeon, Specialist, Diet, Risks, Gastric Bypass, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Department of Bariatric Surgery

While being overweight is a very common health condition for us in the Western World, being overweight becomes a problem when it is damaging our health. Obesity has serious health implications and not only affects our quality of life but it can significantly shorten our life span too. One of the most successful ways for dangerously obese people to lose weight and to improve their health is through bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). If a patient has tried all other methods of weight loss then we recommend that they visit our team of bariatric surgeons at La Peer Health Systems.

The Department of Bariatric Surgery at La Peer Surgery Center is made up of a small team of gastroenterology specialists. These physicians have undergone many years of intensive medical schooling, residency and training to get here and they continue to exert all that is good in the area of bariatric medicine, including general patient care and support. La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

Surgical procedures offered by this department of the center include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and biliopancreatic diversion amongst many others.

If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or over and you would like to explore surgery as a means of losing weight, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at the Department of Bariatric Surgery. You can fill in the contact form on the right or by calling La Peer at 855.360.9119 and asking to speak to staff in the Department of Bariatric Surgery or by writing to us at:

La Peer Health Systems- The Department of Bariatric Surgery
(855) 360-9119
8920 Wilshire Blvd #101
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
[email protected]

We look forward to your call, and to working towards a suitable and optimally beneficially course of treatment for you.

Our Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at La Peer offers the more cutting-edge weight loss procedures. For more information on the types of surgeries we offer, please visit BariatricSurgeryMD.com.

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Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Parotid Sinus Surgery ENT Specialist Los Angeles, Beverly Hills

Otolaryngologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. La Peer’s Otolaryngology Department is comprised of a team of specialists who concentrate on disorders and diseases of the ear, nose, larynx, head and neck, sinuses, respiratory tract, thyroid, trachea, and endocrine glands – essentially all the parts of the body that lie above the shoulders with the exception of the brain. All of the doctors at La Peer’s Otolaryngology Department are board certified in otolaryngology with sub-specialty expertise. The physicians in our Otolaryngology Department are experts in their field and have had rigorous, comprehensive training to improve the facial structure through various techniques of reconstructive surgery.

La Peer’s Otolaryngology Department has performed many routine and cutting edge surgeries including the removal of benign and malignant tumors from the tongue, vocal cords, larynx, parathyroid and thyroid glands, salivary glands, ears, eyes, and base of the skull. We have the very latest image-guidance systems for endoscopic sinus surgery procedures and nerve monitoring to make our surgical procedures safe for the patient.

Our main goal is to improve the function and aesthetics of the ear, nose, and throat. The cosmetic requirements play a vital role in the modification and reconstruction of facial deformities that have resulted from surgeries for repairing sinuses, for treating cancer, and similar conditions. For these cases, our ENT doctors will team up with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in order to provide you with the best results possible.

La Peer Health Systems has a special otolaryngology unit for outpatient surgery in the building. This unit has been created specially for the La Peer Otolaryngology patients. It is important to us to make the recovery process as painless and comfortable for you. Procedures that demand hospitalization, or extensive post-operative treatment or care, are carried out in hospitals that are listed by the specific insurance providers of the patients. However, the La Peer Otolaryngology Department is affiliated with Cedars Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills, CA.

La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. There are many reasons why La Peer is on the 2013 list, including providing staff with a complete insurance package (medical, dental, and vision), a family-like atmosphere, and additional education opportunities offered.

Some of the common ENT conditions and procedures performed at La Peer are:

Otolaryngology Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Deviated Septum
  • Head and Neck Tumors
  • Parathyroid Conditions
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Salivary stones
  • Sinus conditions
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal Cord Disorders

Otolaryngology Procedures

We have highly trained surgeons that believe compassion and caring for the important are just as important as surgical technique.

Urologist Los Angeles, Beverly Hills | Vasectomy, Erectile dysfunction, Prostate Incontinence & Kidney Diseases

Welcome to La Peer Health Systems Department of Urology. This particular department of the surgery center focuses on the health of the urinary tract, bladder, and the male reproductive system. Urologists diagnose, treat and aim to prevent the diseases and conditions that can affect the urinary system and reproductive system. Diagnosis is a large and important area of urology, and our physicians, doctors and nurses in this department are fully qualified in carrying out various diagnostic procedures.

What makes La Peer Health Systems Department of Urology great is the combination of expert physicians and cutting edge technology. La Peer uses the latest diagnostic procedures and equipment to ensure a correct diagnosis is made and the treatment is as minimally invasive as possible. The Urology Department is also heavily involved in research and clinical trials carried out by our research team at La Peer Health System, so that we can improve service to our patients and move forward in the medical field to develop new, more successful treatments.

La Peer Health System’s Department of Urology uses a variety of tools to diagnose a problem. The urologist may use an ultrasound machine to produce an image of the urinary tract and bladder to give further insight, or an internal examination may also be carried out using an endoscopic camera, which gives an accurate image and is a fantastic diagnostic tool for urological conditions. Whatever your problem is, your urologist at La Peer will work with you to create a treatment plan to ensure a positive outcome. La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

Urological Conditions Treated

  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Kidney infections
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Bladder cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Testicular tumors
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence

Urological Procedures

You can call La Peer at (855) 360-9119 and ask to speak to a member of the Department of Urology.

General & Colorectal Surgeon in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills

The Department of General & Colorectal Surgery at La Peer Health Systems focuses on the diseases and conditions of the abdominal area and digestive organs. This department has a particular focus on colorectal and laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopy is a surgical technique where small incisions are made instead of one large incision. This technique has been proven to lower the risk of complications, infections, scarring, and decreases the healing time.

La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. There are many reasons why La Peer is on the 2013 list, including providing staff with a complete insurance package (medical, dental, and vision), a family-like atmosphere, and additional education opportunities offered. The list is compiled through nominations and editorial research and places are chosen based on benefits, wellness initiatives, development opportunities, and overall work environment. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

General/Colorectal surgeons work very closely with gastroenterologists when treating your GI condition. A gastroenterologist may diagnose a condition while the general surgeon will surgically treat the condition. Many colorectal and gastrointestinal conditions are diagnosed through a colonoscopy. Learn more about undergoing a colonoscopy at our outpatient surgery center.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Bowel Changes
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Pain
  • Ulcer

Colorectal Surgery Department:

General & Colorectal Procedures

You can also learn more about Crohn’s disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease on our IBD Center of Excellence department website.

Pain Management Specialist, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Chronic pain is an unfortunate fact of life for many people. However, proper medical supervision with a pain management doctor can make it manageable. The Department of Pain Management at La Peer Health Systems has pain specialists, nurses, doctors and physicians who will work in a variety of ways to provide the utmost in patient care.

The goal of the Department of Pain Management is to take patients from initial consultation through diagnosis and onto primary treatment and/or surgery if necessary. We will be a constant presence through the pain management process and into aftercare. Many patients will return to La Peer for pain relief through minor procedures such as a lumbar epidural steroid injection or a selective nerve root block. These treatments often work for a few weeks or months at a time. For conditions like repetitive migraines, a simple injection is well worth a bi-monthly trip to our Beverly Hills surgery center.

Our Pain Management Department is also concerned with research and clinical trials. Research on repetitive migraines is as important as finding a permanent method of relief for these patients. Depending on your willingness, you may be able to take part in research and possibly help us improve medicine forever.

La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

Pain Management Medical Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Back injury
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Vulvodynia

Pain Management Treatments

La Peer Health Systems Digestive Disease Program, Gastroenterologists Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Gastroenterology is the field of medicine that diagnoses and treats conditions of the stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, liver, small intestines, colon, rectum, and the ducts between the organs.

digestive tractDigestive diseases can be severely disruptive to daily life. The digestive tract is very complex and there is a wide array of symptoms that can indicate disease. Gastric symptoms should be investigated, as they are often symptoms of underlying conditions.

La Peer Health Systems’ Gastroenterology Department has a team of expert gastroenterologists and surgeons to diagnose, treat, and follow up on your GI condition so you can make the most of life.

In addition to our highly-trained doctors, we have a team of highly-trained nurses to provide health care and ensure that you are comfortable at all times. La Peer Health Systems was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. We take great pride in our professional and courteous staff and are honored to be included on Becker’s 2013 ASC Review.

There are many GI symptoms and GI conditions treated by our team.  The focus of our Gastroenterology Department is to treat chronic digestive conditions and perform non-emergency procedures including:

Gastrointestinal Conditions and Symptoms

Gastrointestinal Procedures

Common GI conditionsYou can also learn more about acid reflux on our Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence department website.

For more information please visit our Colonoscopy Center of Excellence website, dedicated 100% to colon cancer screenings!

La Peer Surgery Center- La Peer Health Systems Digestive Disease Program
(855) 360-9119
8920 Wilshire Blvd #101
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
[email protected]