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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?”

Oct 15, 2017

Lasers are machines that amplify light waves then shoot them out as narrow, intense beams. They are used everywhere today. Lasers read CDs and bar codes, guide missiles, cut through steel, precisely measure distances, entertain people and do a thousand other things. Lasers are used in several applications in...


Sep 2, 2017

Odds are that 1 in 10 of us will one day get a kidney stone within our lifetime. Your chances of having a kidney stone increase if you are white, middle-aged, obese, have previously had a kidney stone, have a family history of stones, or live in a hot climate. A kidney stone is a jagged crystal that grows from the...


Apr 16, 2017

episode 30—“I will not cut for stone.” In this episode we will revisit the shockwave lithotripsy procedure as a revolutionary procedure in urology and we explore how chance encounters can lead to urologic breakthroughs. If you remember from the last episode I introduced a story from when I was in college in 1986....


Mar 19, 2017

This is episode 29. Let’s call it the “Technology and Feedback” episode. In this episode I introduce the Why Urology Podcast website, we talk about shock wave lithotripsy for kidney stones, my friend Rick and I have a phone conversation about how not to drive on the highway, and I give you an email address where...


Jul 4, 2016

In this episode Dr. Todd Brandt discusses an episode in the life of one of our Presidents, Lyndon B Johnson, how a kidney stone nearly derailed his political career.