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Dr. David Vandersteen

Pediatric Urology
Minneapolis, MN
32 years experience

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

2550 Chicago Ave. Suite 550, Minneapolis, MN
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

My practice is limited to pediatric urologic surgery. I specialize in genitourinary reconstructive surgery. I have extensive experience in neurogenic bladder, cloacal and classical bladder exstrophy reconstruction. Surgical and non-surgical management of vesicoureteral reflux, hydronephrosis, ureteral obstruction are mainstays of my practice. My partners and I are certified DaVinci Robotic surgeons. We are the first group to be published extensively in the use of neuromodulation (Interstim) for the treatment of pediatric dysfunctional elimination. We also utilize other forms of neuromodulation when appropriate (Botox, posterior tibial nerve stimulation). I have extensive experience in hypospadias, vesicoureteral reimplantation, Deflux injection, treatment of cryptorchism (undescended testes), incontinence, and disorders of sexual development. I have traveled around the world teaching and operating in Viet Nam, Liberia Africa, and Mongolia.

Specialties
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Pediatric Urology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

226 Answers
100 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Testicular failure: Although it is difficult to interpret you question due to typos and abbreviations, it appears you have primary testicular failure. A high fsh and lh ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See endocrinologist: There are many options for treating hypogonadism. However, it is imperative to identify the etiology of the problem as you have implied (primary test... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends: Viral illnesses often causes inflammation in mucous membranes. When inflamed, this can affect the drainage of our sinuses. In those cases, a bacteri... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Spores: Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the c. Botulinum spores in the honey, and subsequent colonization of the small intestine. As the spore... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Probably: Cross reactivity can occur between penicillins and cephalosporins so use this medication cautiously and consider an alternative if appropriate.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends: I you have a severely tight phimosis and the head of the penis cannot protrude past the foreskin or if the skin retracts but cannot go back over the h... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Likely unrelated: Your cramps are unrelated to the age of her son. However, the age of your son is reflective of your age. Your uterus and reproductive health are co... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Bed wetting alarm: Roughly 15% of normal kids her age wet the bed. The safest most effective means of treating this is an enuresis alarm with no side effects, no copays... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Yes: Penile bleeding can occur after any type of trauma (sexual or otherwise). A condom can protect you from infections causes but not traumatic ones. I... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Betamethasone cream is very effective for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most publis... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Brain mediated: Ejaculation and erections can occur without any physical stimuli and can be mediated by your brain alone. It is normal.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
What is your ???: This was a statement, not a question. I think this is what you are looking for: if you have pain in the scrotum after a bowel movement, you could ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Don't take it: Find an alternative to narcotic medications for the treatment of your back pain.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Multifactorial: Ejaculation occurs for many reasons and has nothing to do with your position. If you are not intending to get pregnant, see your provider to discuss ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends: There are many types of genital ambiguity. However, if a person has a uterus and ovarian tissue, then periods can occur even if they seem to have a p... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Many potential cause: Burning with urination can be caused by many things but generally is due to inflammation. Such inflammation can occur due to bacterial, viral, or yea... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See your MD: Anejaculation or severely delayed ejaculation can be caused by many things, most of which are non-medical. However, if this is a persistent problem a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
You choose: The choice of treatment depends directly on the risk/benefit assessment and your personal opinion. I agree with the respondents. A circumcision will... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Yes but unusual: If your child is not in puberty, this is particularly unusual. Discuss with your provider to evaulate for possible external influences that would teac... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
No such thing: Kidney stones are never normal. Thus, there is no normal stone size. Your stones are large and place you at significant risk particularly if you hav... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Insist on a proctor: Your doctor should never examine your minor child without you present or without a proctor in the room to monitor the exam. For her protection, insis... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See your provider: Sudden changes in bathroom habits (both stool and urine) can be indicative of an underlying neurologic or medical problem. Even if not sudden, you me... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Dont know: I assume you mean on your scrotum. A "white thing" could be anything from lint to an inflammed hair follicle to an inclusion cyst. A serious problem... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See dermatologist: truly orange lesions would be very unusual. However, waxy velvety brownish plaques can be a concern particularly for condyloma. Get evaluated
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Likely okay: If you are able to have satisfactory erections in certain situations and not in others, you are unlikely to have any true erectile dysfunction (in oth... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends: Your question is ambiguous. Who is pregnant? You or your daughter? Regardless, it depends on your immunization status. If in doubt, stay away unti... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Many reasons: There are a myriad of reasons you might have missed your period. Pregnancy is one of them. Condoms are not 100% effective. If you are concerned get... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
No: Although you have to be pretty motivated to do so. Most pts with orchitis are too tender to masturbate!
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Potentially: Intercourse can cause vaginal trauma even without beads. Anything that increases friction will increase this risk.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Probably: In general, hydronephrosis is caused by either partial obstruction of the ureter or bladder, by reflux up the ureter from the bladder, or by large uri... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Phimosis in general means that the foreskin cannot retract to expose the head of the penis. If symptoms are present, it is usually pain with retract... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Surgically: Although undescended testes can be surgically corrected at any time, the longer they remain in the incorrect location, the lower the chances are that ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Short term risk is post-operative pain, swelling, hematoma formation or recurrent hydrocele. Infection is rare unless a hematoma develops. Damage to... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: The most common side effects reported with use of AndroGel are increased prostate specific antigen (a test used to screen for prostate cancer), mood s... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Dont understand: I don't understand your question. If you are having purulent drainage from your penis and have similar lesions elsewhere on your body, you need medic... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Doubtful: Testis cancer typically is not associated with testis pain. Nevertheless, you need an urgent evaluation of the testis and scrotum to evaluate you for... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Depends on your ?: Ultrasound for diagnosis of a pregnancy is essentially 100% accurate. It won't tell you who the father is though!
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Don't know: Get a urinalysis and medical evaluation if you are concerned.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Ultrasound or exam: Typically this is done by manual palpation and comparasion with an orchidometer or by ulttrasound measurement.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Usually never: Isolated bedwetting is rarely "abnormal" but it can be very socially stigmatizing. Bedwetting occurs in normal people at rates of 15% of 5 y/o, 5% of... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Postentially: Pts with poorly controlled sickle cell may lose the ability to concentrate their urine, resulting in large volume urine production even if they are no... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Betamethasone cream is very effective for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most publis... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Your question is unclear. It sounds like you are concerned that you have hypogonadism. This requires a medical evaluation to obtain a diagnosis and... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Yes: If you have testicular asymmetry, then either one testis is larger than normal or one is smaller than normal. Size discrepancies can be normal howeve... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
No: I am unaware of any herbal remedies.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
No: Observation is prudent if there are no symptoms however.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
No: Most medications after hydrocele repair are as needed. As such you don't have to take them. Some providers may want you to take an antibiotic depend... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Not really: However, new onset night time incontinence in a previously healthy individual requires an evaluation by your md.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
See below: Phimosis in general means that the foreskin cannot retract to expose the head of the penis. It may or may not be symptomatic. If symptoms are presen... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Be gentle: It is normal for an uncircumcised boy to have "phimosis" trapping the head of the penis within the foreskin. Aggressively retracting the foreskin to ... Read More

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Jul 17, 2013
Dr Vandersteen is an exellent & respected pediatric urologist both nationally & internationally. His Healthtap answers are always accurate & reliable
May 6, 2013
Dr Vandersteen provides excellent & reliable answers
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Vandersteen answered my questions with expert advice. I am amazed that Dr. Vandersteen would take time out from his important day to help me. I am very grateful! Joel Kopel
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Circumcision is not a option for me and past doctors I've seen always ask if it is. Don't understand why they would say that when there is a better way. Glad to hear not...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! but when i drink water i feel my bladder full. in normal i have to pee 14 times in a day
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!i did take him to his Dr. Which said his urine came back positive for Blood.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Patient's Choice Award Annually
Compassionate Doctor Award
Top Doc's Award
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