LOW-DOSE CT Scan – The New Standard for Our Kidney Stone Patients

Posted: July 15, 2015

By Matthew J. Bassignani, MD – Medical Director, Radiology Department Patients with stones and cancer are increasingly aware of excess radiation exposure associated with multiple CT scans. While medical radiation is typically safe for patients it is still important to be aware of the doses used. At Virginia Urology, we strive to ensure that the radiation […]


Surgical Management of Kidney Stones

Posted: July 7, 2015

By Eugene Kramolowsky, MD Patients who are unable to pass their stone or have significant pain often elect to undergo a procedure to fragment or remove their stone.  The least invasive commonly used procedure is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESL).  This procedure fragments the stone without the need of instrumentation.  Over 20,000 ESL procedures have been […]


Kidney Stone Treatments

Posted: June 26, 2015

By Eugene V. Kramolowsky II M.D. Almost one in ten Americans will experience urinary calculi in their lifetime.  Often patients present with urinary colic pain and ureteral obstruction.  In the acute setting, medical management includes controlling pain, nausea, and vomiting, and care is often done in the emergency room setting.    The patients with ureteral stones 5-mm […]


Link Between Use Of ED Medications After Radical Prostatectomy And Biochemical Recurrence.

Posted: February 6, 2015

Medscape (1/28, Mulcahy) reports that research published in Journal of Urology suggests that there may be “an association between the use of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs after radical prostatectomy and biochemical recurrence.” The investigators “were surprised by the findings; they had hypothesized that the drugs would be protective because multiple lab studies and an observational […]


Smoking May Be Linked To Worse Outcomes In Prostate Cancer Patients.

Posted: February 3, 2015

HealthDay reports that research published in BJU International suggests that smoking may be linked to worse outcomes in patients with prostate cancer. Investigators found “that the likelihood of surviving prostate cancer for a decade without experiencing any disease recurrence was about 66 percent among patients who had never smoked.” Comparatively, the percentage dropped to 52 […]


Targeted Fusion-Guided Approach To Prostate Biopsy May Improve Detection Rates Of High-Risk Cancers

Posted: January 29, 2015

Medscape reports that research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that “a targeted fusion-guided approach to prostate biopsy improves detection rates of high-risk cancers while finding fewer low-risk cancers when compared with the standard approach of 12 core biopsy that is currently used in clinical practice.” This “new approach electronically superimposes […]


Make it easier for patients to get the medications they need

Posted: January 23, 2015

In this Op-ed, Virginia Urology physician Dr. Monahan worked with the Medical Society of Virginia focusing on the increase in prior-authorization required for medications and the interruption in care that is negatively impacting patients. Below is a except and a link to the entire article which is featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Many patients […]


Robot linked with improved Kidney Ca Care

Posted: January 5, 2015

Kidney cancer patients were more likely to undergo partial nephrectomy when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a recent report that one leading expert calls “some of the best evidence to date of a favorable impact of surgical robots in urologic care.” For the study, which was published in […]


Health News Article-Drinking Water and Kidney Stone Prevention

Posted: December 22, 2014

Article Title: To Prevent More Kidney Stones, Drink Water Article Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/04/to-prevent-more-kidney-stones-drink-water/ Article Review: Through this health news article, new guidelines are reviewed from the American College of Physicians concerning kidney stones.  Individuals who have had a kidney stone are encouraged to drink enough fluids to produce 2 liters of urine per day.  This amount […]


Myths about UTI’s

Posted: December 15, 2014

What Is A Urinary Tract Infection? A Urinary Tract Infection, also known as a UTI, is an infection that involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Urine passes through these structures before exiting the body. The upper urinary tract is comprised of the kidneys and ureters. Typically, when a UTI is located in this area, […]