Lakeshore Urology

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Lakeshore Urology gives you the peace of mind in knowing you will have access to the most minimally invasive and advanced urological treatments available. In fact, many urologic patients who can’t be helped elsewhere come to Lakeshore Urology to see our physicians. Lakeshore Urology offers six convenient treatment locations throughout Northern Indiana. We have urology offices located in Valparaiso, Portage, LaPorte, Plymouth and Knox.

Lakeshore Urology Treats the Following Urological Conditions
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Control problems
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Hematuria
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Male Infertility
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Peyronie’s Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostatis
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testosterone Deficiency
  • Upper Tract Tumors
  • Urethral / Penile Cancer
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Varicocele Vasectomy

For more information on any of these conditions visit urologyhealth.org.

Specialties & Practices Areas

Urology

From pediatric urology to treating diseases that affect the kidneys, urinary tract, prostate and male sex organs, men, women and children seeking treatment from Porter Physician Group urologists can expect expert care. With training in urologic surgery, our physicians are also using some of the latest and minimally invasive techniques available.

Male Urology

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

As men age, their prostate (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis) may become larger and start to cause frequent or painful urination. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) affect 50 percent of men over age 50 and is caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.

Treatment options include medicines and other possibilities.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is currently being diagnosed in over 200,000 men in the United States each year, making it more common than lung cancer and the most common internal cancer in males. Prostate cancer is rarely diagnosed in males under age 50, but incidences of prostate cancer rise quickly past the age of fifty. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, but when detected in the early stages, prostate cancer can be effectively treated and cured.

With proper management and urologic care, prostate cancer can often be eliminated or survival increased.

Vasectomy

A vasectomy is the surgical cutting and sealing of part of each vas deferens as a means of sterilization. The vasectomy itself is a minor surgical procedure.

Female Urology

Female Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is a medical condition that prevents you from being able to control when you urinate. More than 13 million American women are affected, yet most problems go undiagnosed or untreated. If you are one of the women who suffer with incontinence, please let the physicians at Lakeshore Urology help you find a solution.

4 Main Types of Female Incontinence

Stress – Leaking urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh or exercise

Urge – The strong, sudden urge to urinate followed by a bladder contraction, leaving little time to get to the bathroom

Mixed – The combination of stress and urge symptoms, causing more urine to leak than either type alone.

Overflow – The bladder doesn’t empty completely, leading to leakage.

Female Incontinence Treatment Options

80% - 90% of women who seek incontinence treatment experience significant improvement.
Stress Incontinence causes 50% of all female bladder control problems.

Lifestyle Changes – Limit caffeine and alcohol intake. Significant weight gain weakens pelvic floor muscle. Constipation can worsen urinary incontinence, so diets should be high in fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Exercise regularly.

Medical Therapy – Prescription medications are available to increase muscle control or relax the bladder so it will hold more.

Biofeedback & Physical Therapy – Kegel exercises help strengthen the pelvic floor, but they must be done correctly. Biofeedback measures muscle performance to determine the effectiveness of the Kegel exercises. Through physical therapy, patients can strengthen core stomach muscles, which help in controlling urine flow.

Electrical Stimulation – Using painless electrical stimulation can help strengthen pelvic floor muscles. The procedure is first done in the office and then patients take home a portable unit.

Surgery – If surgery is necessary for stress incontinence, a 30-minute outpatient procedure is performed. Recovery is rapid. 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Weakened ligaments that allow the pelvic organs to slip out of place (prolapse) cause pelvic organ prolapse (POP). While minor degrees of POP affect up to 50% of women who have had a vaginal delivery, only 20% have symptomatic POP. Treatment options for POP include the use of pessaries or surgery.

If surgery is necessary, proplapse repair can be done through a vaginal approach or robotically, depending on the severity. Drs Perlmutter, Lynam and Lai will discuss the options with you to determine which is best for your particular problem.

Learn more about Pelvic Organ Prolapse at www.webmd.com
 

Robotic Surgery

Using the Robotic Surgical System at Porter Regional Hospital, the physicians at Porter Physician Group are performing a number of surgical procedures, providing several benefits to our patients.

  • Minimally Invasive
  • Precise
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Less Post-operative Pain
  • Faster Recovery

Locations

Porter Medical Plaza

85 East U.S. Highway 6 - Suite 230
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone (219) 983-6230
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Hours M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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Portage

3630 Willowcreek Road - Suite 4
Portage, IN 46368

Phone (219) 983-6230
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LaPorte

900 I Street
LaPorte, IN 46350

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Insurance & Payment Information

We are happy to submit and bill your insurance forms for you as long as you have provided us with the appropriate insurance information. Co-pays and deductibles are due at the time of your service. Please feel free to discuss with the office staff any questions you may have about billing.

Accepted Insurance Plans

We accept Medicare and most HMO and PPO plans. Below is a list of insurance plans that are accepted by Lakeshore Urology.

  • Advantage 360
  • Advantage Care Select
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Medicaid
  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Beechstreet
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Cofinity
  • Corvel
  • Coventry
  • Employers Health Network
  • Encore Health Network
  • Great West Healthcare
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Interplan Health Group
  • Indiana Health Network
  • Indiana Medicaid
  • Community Health Alliance
  • Lutheran Preferred
  • MDWise
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Sagamore
  • Today Options
  • Tricare North
  • Tricare Prime
  • United Healthcare

New Patient Resources

The physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff who make up Porter Physician Group all share a common goal – to meet your individual healthcare needs in a timely and caring manner. If you are a new patient or have been a patient in our practice for some time, we thank you for choosing Porter Physician Group.

What Should I Bring to My Appointment?

  • Your insurance card and referral form if required by your insurance provider.
  • A list of current prescription and/or over-the-counter medications you are taking, including your dose and frequency.
  • Pertinent information about your medical and surgery history.
  • Any recent x-rays or test results related to your condition.

Patient Medical Forms

Please download, print and fill out the appropriate forms below prior to your appointment with Porter Physician Group. Filling out these forms will save time on the day of your appointment.