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I am Dr. Todd Brandt. I am a urologist. 

These are words I couldn't have imagined myself saying as I was growing up thinking about medicine as a career. 

And I have been asked many, many times why I went into urology as a medical specialty. In this podcast I attempt to explain how I got here. Why did I choose urology as a specialty? Why do I like it? Why, if you are someone with a urinary tract, should you care? Get it? Why Urology.

This podcast is a personal experiment in medical audio content. I make the obvious disclaimer that this is not medical advice. You should be going to your own physician for that.

These episodes are meant to educate, entertain, inspire or inform you in some way with urology as the launching point for each episode. Each episode is varied in format and length as I have experimented with content. 

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If you have kidney stones, or prostate cancer, or another urologic health concern this podcast may help you.

If you have a loved one with any urologic health concern this podcast may help you. 

If you are someone who has asked, "How does my bladder do it's thing?", this podcast may help you.

If you make urine, or even if you don't, this podcast may help you.

Thank you for listening to this podcast. I do appreciated any feedback I get so please reach out to me at the link provided on this website. 

Be well,

Dr. Todd Brandt

Dec 31, 2020

Welcome to the Why Urology Podcast.

This is episode number 101, an interview with Dr. Alex Tatem about shock wave therapy (SWT) for treating men with erectile dysfunction.

Shock wave therapy is a developing technology within the field of urology, a technology not universally endorsed, encouraged, or employed in urologic practices today.

Dr Tatem is a urologist in Indianapolis Indiana specializing in men’s health with a special knowledge about using shock wave treatment who uses it within his own practice.  

Dr Tatem is also content creator, posting videos on YouTube and Vidscrip for patient education.

Whenever I want to see what I should be doing on YouTube, I take a peek at Dr. Tatem’s videos. I was doing this recently and I came across his video on using shock wave therapy for erectile dysfunction. I was immediately interested because this is a controversial technology within the field of urology and I was interested to see what Dr. Tatem had to say.

I was impressed, not only with the quality of video, but with the depth and honesty of his presentation.

If you are a man with erectile dysfunction considering shock wave treatment, I would encourage you to listen to this podcast or watch his video.  You will not only learn about shock wave treatments for erectile dysfunction but you will hear or see how a young, innovative physician employs a new, maybe unproven technology in his practice with the highest possible standards of care.

This was a long conversation between Dr. Tatem and I and, even edited, it's a long interview. I chose to keep it long because there is such good content I did not want to cut out too much of it simply for the sake of time.

Here are the takeaway points from this interview:

  1. Shock wave therapy is an easy to apply in office treatment being used to treat men with erectile dysfunction.
  2. Shock Wave Treatment will give the best results to men with mild to moderate ED.
  3. Long term benefits of Shock Wave Treatment are still being studied.
  4. There are different kinds of shock wave machines on the market, so buyer beware regarding what type of shock wave is being delivered to the penis.
  5. As of this date, the end of December 2020, there is only one shock wave machine on the market in the U.S. that delivers that kind of penetrating shock necessary to get the results equivalent to the medical research.

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Thank you for listening to my interview with Dr Alex Tatem. I you have questions, thoughts or concerns please reach out to me.