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Dr. Matthew Thom

Urology
Tuscaloosa, AL
16 years experience

Locations

Office

Tuscaloosa, AL

Address

701 University Blvd. E., Suite 908, Tuscaloosa, AL
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About

Bio

Dr. Matthew Thom recently joined the staff of West Alabama Urology Associates. Dr. Thom treats both benign and cancerous conditions and diseases of the genitourinary system. He has a special interest in minimally invasive/laparoscopic/robotic procedures for renal, prostate and bladder diseases. Dr. Thom treats both adults and children. He received his doctorate of medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Ga., and was elected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Thom completed his internship and residency training in urologic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and was the recipient of the Resident in Excellence award. Dr. Thom, a member of the American Urological Association and Endourological Society, is married with three young children.

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Urology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

114 Answers
86 Agrees
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Not good: Advanced prostate cancer typically spreads to local/regional lymph nodes first including lymph nodes around the prostate/bladder. Other likely initia... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Maybe: It may be more difficult for a disabled child to maintain good hygiene regarding his genitals, however it will likely involve his overall personal hyg... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
No: Risk factors for developing penile cancer include: uncircumcised chronic inflammation smoking and tobacco use exposrure to hpv.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Depends on cause: Urinary incontinence in men can result from different things. For instance, some men have leakage due to urinary retention leading to "overflow" inco... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Sounds like BPH: You describe common symptoms of BPH or bothersome urinary symptoms caused by enlarged prostate. Symptoms include weak stream, difficulty starting stre... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Likely normal: Normal semen can have varying color (white to yellow if mixed with urine) and substance (thin liquid or thicker like jelly). This is unlikely a concer... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Stress incontinence: You could have stress urinary incontinence which is urinary leakage caused by activity, cough, strain. Another type, termed urge incontinence, is due... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Increased risk: Boys with undescended testicles are at risk for hormone problems (although unlikely with normally descended testicle on other side), fertility with in... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Varicocele: Sounds like you have a varicocele or dilation of veins supplying the testicle. More common on the left side, are generally described as "bag of worms... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Lump in testicle: The most common sign of testicle cancer is a lump or mass in the testicle found by self-exam or exam by a medical provider. Occasionally, testis canc... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Prostate test: Prostate specific antigen...A protein produced by prostate, both normal (benign) and cancerous, tissue. Studies found that men with prostate cancer w... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Radiology test: A renal ultrasound is a diagnostic radiology test performed by an ultrasonographer or radiologist. It uses sound waves at various frequencies to crea... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Not common: Kidney cancer is not common, however the incidence is rising with the use of modern radiologic imaging, including ct scans.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Maybe: Unfortunately, as men age, their prostates tend to grow usually causing more and more bothersome urinary symptoms. Certain medications (called 5-alpha... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
No: Depending on the size, penile cancer can be managed with topical chemotherapy, local excision, radiation, or radical surgery with removal of part or a... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Symptom relief: True bacterial prostatitis should be treated with an extended course of appropriate antibiotics. At times, your physician may prescribe other medicat... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Many: For children, bedwetting is common and gradually decreases as the child ages. The cause is usually idiopathic and improves with time. Some children ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
High blood pressure: Renal artery stenosis is typically discovered for evaluation of high blood pressure. Otherwise, it rarely would result in pain or other symptoms felt... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Not often: Having a ct scan exposes a person to low doses of radiation. Most people will have at least one ct scan in there lifetime, which is not harmful. How... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Coexist: Bowel and bladder dysfunction may coexist and is seen often in children with voiding dysfunction. Having constipation and a distended rectum may lead... Read More
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Sometimes necessary: Depends on grade (aggressive nature) of tumor. For those with low grade disease, turb often is curative. However, for high grade disease and recurre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
See urologist: You need to have a fertility evaluation by a urologist. This typically includes semen analysis (usually 2 samples) and blood tests for testosterone, ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Hydration: The best "home" remedy for kidney stone prevention is increasing fluid (primarily water) intake. Lemonade is also good for most people with stone dis... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Urologist: You need evaluation by urologist or fertility specialist. If you do not produce anything with ejaculation (no semen), then your injury may have injur... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Overactive bladder: Bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms can have different causes for both women and men. After evaluation by a physician to rule out underlying caus... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Options: Treatment options may depend on location. Available options include ureteroscopy (using small camera scope to treat stone through urinary tube, no in... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Many: There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications (called pde-5 inhibitors) are first line therapy. If those fail (and ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Many things: Blood in the urine is not normal and it could be a sign of underlying urinary tract problem. These include stones, infection, or cancer. Blood could a... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Urethritis: Sometimes urinary tract infections that result in urethritis (cause penile pain) may be treated with doxycycline. Urethritis is commonly associated w... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Need evaluation: Blood in the urine is not normal and it could be a sign of underlying urinary tract problem. These include stones, infection, or cancer. Blood could a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Minimally invasive: Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery. Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) is recommen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
NO: Penile cancer is a rare in us and a skin cancer that happens to involve the penis. Penile cancer is generally treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radi... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Stone in bladder: Bladder stones are typically found in people who have difficulty emptying the bladder (retention of urine) and chronic urinary tract infections. Can ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Early detection: There is only one widely used marker for prostate cancer which is psa. Prostate cancer is a potentially devastating disease that is best managed when... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Yes: A urethral stricture, which is a narrowing or "blocking" of the urinary channel in the penis could be a cause of urinary tract infection or prostatiti... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Yes: That is the nature of chronic prostatitis - symptoms may come and go with flare ups.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Inflammation: There is 4 general catagories of prostatitis: 1. Acute bacterial - caused by infection 2. Chronic bacterial - recurrent bacterial infection 3. Ch... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Depends on type: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on type and stage. Some cancers can be treated by removal alone or removal and placement of "chemotherapy" direc... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Maybe: Bladder cancer does recur and sometimes frequently but it usually depends on 2 characteristics: size/number of tumor(s) and grade (as seen by patholog... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Not common: Bladder cancer typically spreads to regional lymph nodes around bladder first. At advance stages, it may progress and spread to other abdominal organ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Usually similar: Penile cancers often have a similar appearance but may have may vary. Typically they will be erythematous (red) lesions on the foreskin or glans of t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Tobacco use: The most common risk factor for developing kidney cancer is smoking. Other risk factors include environmental and genetic including family history of... Read More
A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Depends: Typical followup for a man with advanced prostate cancer will include imaging of the abdominal and pelvic structures (usually a ct scan or mri) and im... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Not aware of any: I am not aware of any food that can increase sperm count in men. Several things can decrease sperm counts including certain antibiotics, certain drug... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Many: Stds may present with many different symptoms and are acquired by sexual contact. Some symptoms include burning with urination, genital pain, dischar... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Possibly: Cranberry juice has a substance called tannins which make it harder for bacteria to attach to the bladder and cause infections. Cranberry can help so... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Bacteria: Most urinary tract infections (UTI) are secondary to bacterial infection in the bladder. E coli is the most common bacteria causing uti. But don't b... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Seek treatment: Kidney cancer that is found in early stage can be treated and cured in vast majority of patients. Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery if t... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Varicocele?: Sounds like you may have a varicocele or dilation of veins supplying the testicle. More common on the left side, are generally described as "bag of wo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Options: There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications (called pde-5 inhibitors) are first line therapy. If those fail (and so... Read More

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Mar 26, 2013
I highly recommend Dr. Thom. His response was accurate. My role as a 24/7 caregiver for a parent leaves me no time for personal activity. Not having diabetes or cardiovascular issues can mean that m...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Thom is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Thom is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks. There are some adhesions underneath that make retraction difficult. Thanks fir answering with so much info- not something I can ask just anyone as a single mom.
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Thank you. Of course my priority is eliminating the cancer. I can't help having some curiosity as to what I might have to deal with after my treatment.
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thank you, i had not thought to ask about the supositories. this will help me ask the right question upon my return to my dr. thanx again

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 2006MD

Awards

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Affiliations

American urological association
Medical Association of Alabama
Tuscaloosa Medical Society
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