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Welcome to the Why Urology podcast with Dr. Todd Brandt.

This podcast is my personal attempt to teach you about your genito-urinary tract, what can go wrong, and how your urologist may just become your superhero.

The name of the podcast comes from my ongoing need to answer the question that I get so often from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology? Why did you choose to become a urologist?”

Jul 14, 2019

In today’s episode, we will be focusing on an idiom, “in the can.”

Today’s use of “in the can” is a film industry expression. In the pre-digital days of shooting motion pictures, movies were shot, edited, and ultimately delivered to theaters in canisters that held spooled reels of film. Putting a movie “in...

Jun 23, 2019

In this episode, we are “going retro.” Urologically speaking we are talking about the retroperitoneum, where the kidney lives. In this episode we are talking about a retroperitoneal robotic partial nephrectomy using the daVinci surgical robot. 

We have talked about robotic partial nephrectomy on this...

Jun 9, 2019

In this episode and the last we are talking about blood in the urine.


Blood in the urine is a common reason people will come to the urologist. I our last episode I talked about gross hematuria or visual blood in the urine, specifically as an indicator and sign that a patient may have bladder cancer, or a kidney stone,...

May 19, 2019

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness month.

Bladder cancer is the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. 80,000 people will be newly diagnosed with bladder cancer this year, representing 5 % of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States. 

I have covered the topic of superficial vs invasive...

May 5, 2019

In this episode, I am going to be looking at a condition called primary hyperparathyroidism, over activity of the parathyroid gland causing an elevated PTH level in the blood, leading to higher than normal levels of calcium in the blood and potentially the urine leading to kidney stones.

The effect of parathyroid...