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Academic and clinical excellence in a private practice setting

Jerry G. Blaivas, MD, FACS

Dr. Blaivas is a world-renowned urological expert, surgeon, distinguished author, educator, and medical pioneer. He was one of the founders of urodynamics and established many of the current surgical procedures used to correct stress incontinence, urinary fistulas, urethral diverticulum, overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder.

He is also one of the few surgeons who routinely performs reconstructive surgery for prolapse and incontinence without the use of mesh. His success in this area has led him to publishing one of the largest series in the world on treatment of mesh complications.

Dr. Blaivas possesses decades of experience providing urology care to some of the most complex cases ever encountered, bringing academic and research-based modernization to the clinical forefront. His research in developing new medical techniques has become the standard in patient care, including breakthrough treatments and research in:

  • Mesh complications
  • Radiation complications
  • Autologous Slings
  • Natural Tissue Repairs

Schedule an appointment online or call Dr. Blaivas today at (646) 205-3039 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Insurance Information

Dr. Blaivas does not participate with private insurance plans. He is considered an “Out of Network” physician, which means that payment in full is expected at the time of the visit and you will be reimbursed directly according to your insurance plan. As a courtesy, we offer to complete and mail claims on your behalf and assist you in obtaining timely reimbursement.

About the Uro Center of New York

At the Uro Center of New York, we combine clinical and academic excellence in a private practice setting. For over twenty years, our staff has been committed to diagnosing and treating people with bladder and prostate conditions. Our services include the use of state-of-the-art video urodynamic equipment and a custom-designed computer system that assists our physicians in ensuring an accurate and prompt diagnosis.

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Kidney Stone Doctor

What actually are kidney stones?

urologist-for-kidney-stones-pictures-information-01Kidney stones are very common, so you may have heard of them from people you know or on TV. But you may be wondering, what exactly are they, and how would I know if I have kidney stones?

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones, also called “renal lithiasis” or “urolithiasis”, are hard deposits made of salts and minerals that form inside the kidneys and painfully block part of your urinary tract.

symptoms-of-kidney-stones-urologist-specialist-02The kidneys are a major filter and electrolyte regulator for the body. They remove waste products from the bloodstream, leaving your body with what is needed to function and removing any unneeded salts and minerals. The waste products filtered by the kidneys become part of your urine, which travels from the kidney through a tube called the ureter, into the bladder and then out of your body as you pee.

In some people, some of the unneeded salts and minerals (like calcium) stick together and crystallize or harden in the urine, forming a kidney stone. These stones start out to be very tiny— smaller than a grain of sand— but can grow as more waste chemicals attach, reaching the size of small pebbles. As kidney stones get bigger, it is harder for them to pass through the ureter to get to the bladder and out of the body. The stones get stuck in the urinary tract.

When a kidney stone gets stuck in the ureter, it can act like a dam, blocking the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Since less urine is able to pass through the ureter tube, the urine builds up between the kidney and the stone as more urine is produced in the kidney. This increases the pressure in the urinary tract, leading to swelling of the kidney and often severe pain.

You may have a kidney stone if you experience any of the following:

Most people with kidney stones experience severe pain in their side and their back, below the ribs. The pain may move to the lower abdomen or groin and may come in waves and vary in its intensity. As the kidney stone moves through the urinary tract, the location and amount of pain may change. With kidney stones, it is common to have urinary problems such as pain while urinating, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, discolored urine (pink, red, or brown), frequent urination, a persistent need to urinate, and urinating only small amounts. Some may feel nauseous or vomit, and if an infection has developed, people with kidney stones may experience fever or chills.

What happens to kidney stones?

medical-procedure-kidney-stone-removal-severe-best-urologist-03Most kidney stones get passed out of the body on their own. While the buildup of pressure behind the stone causes pain in many people, the pressure also can help to dislodge the stone and move it down the ureter into the bladder, and then out of the body. To pass kidney stones on their own, some people with kidney stones need no more than to take pain medication and drink a lot of water to pass the stone on their own.

In some cases, the stone does not get moved on its own, and medical attention may be required to help remove the stone. Medical procedures or surgery may be needed. A urologist can help you with this.

Although they are painful, kidney stones usually do not cause any permanent damage.

If you suspect that you have a kidney stone or that you may have them in the future, a doctor can help you understand what your options are. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best urologist in NYC.

What Minimally Invasive Treatments Are Available for Kidney Stones?

What Minimally Invasive Treatments Are Available for Kidney Stones?Kidney stones are generally painful and can be hard, if not impossible, to pass normally. This often leads to a hospital stay for many people. The pain can become severe and lead to numerous complications if it is not treated. When you work with your doctor, his or her primary goal will be the understand the underlying cause of the condition so that an effective treatment can be used. However, it does not stop there. Often, treatment also needs to be immediate when there is an acute concern at hand. Your doctor will work closely with you to do this and sometimes it may mean a minimally invasive procedure.

What Options Are There?

Endurology is the field that focuses on minimally invasive stone surgeries. Previously, the removal of a kidney stone that would not or could not be passed was done through open surgery involving a cut into the abdomen. Today, this is no longer the first choice for most doctors. Rather, nearly all urinary tract stones today can be treated in a minimally invasive procedure instead. And, there are many benefits to this.What Minimally Invasive Treatments Are Available for Kidney Stones?

    • This type of procedure will still remove the stone from your body.
    • It often does not require a hospital stay or may involve just an overnight stay.
    • It does not create a large incision, which means there are lowered risks for infection and complications.
    • This procedure is generally better for those who may have other health problems that may limit their ability to have a traditional open procedure.
    • You’ll heal faster, get back to work faster, and get back to your life sooner.

The procedure uses lasers that allow for the stones to be damaged significantly. Several options exist and all involve the use of high technology. Shock wave lithotripsy, flexible pyeloscopy and laser procedures, ureteroscopy and laser procedures, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy are some of the options today’s doctors have for treating your kidney stone in a less invasive manner.

IWhat Minimally Invasive Treatments Are Available for Kidney Stones?f you have a kidney stone or you have had them in the past, talk to your urologist about the options available to you for minimally invasive procedures. It could help you to recover much sooner and with much less pain. Call our offices today to schedule a consultation with our experienced and trusted urologist. We’re available to meet with you in New York City for a consultation.

To find out what your options are and to ensure you have every treatment option available to you, call our offices at 646-205-3039 and schedule a consultation with one of the best urologists in New York City. Find out what your options are.