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Dr. Mitchell Schuster

Urogynecology
Decatur, AL
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Decatur, AL

Address

ObGyn Associates, 1304 13th Ave SE, Decatur, AL, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Office

Decatur, AL

About

Bio

Specializing in minimally invasive and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Schuster is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been a member of the American Urogynecologic Society since 1994 and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He is actively involved in research and maintains an active private practice in North Alabama.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Urogynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

123 Answers
17 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Absolutely: The bladder is controlled locally by a circuit of nerves that go to the spine at the lower back area but there is a circuit of nerves that also go to ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Stay empty: If the bladde is empty then you can't leak urine. The important question is why you leak. Is it related to activities like lifting or trampoline ju... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Drink: Drink lots of water and avoid acidic foods. Lots of infections are really not infections.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Other options: I would not proceed to having a catheter placed. That leads to a lot more problems. An atonic bladder in a 20 yr old is pretty rare unless you have ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
No and yes: Yes, it's true a lot of people are unknowingly infected with ureaplsma but no, it requires intimate contact for transmission so the toilet seat should... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Days 10-20: If day 1 is the first day of your cycle and your cycles are 28 days, then ovulation is truly on day 14. However, if your cycle is more like 30 days, ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Test of voiding: Cystometrograms can be simple or complex. The testing evaluates the bladder in terms of storage and in voiding. With the use of emg, you cans see n... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
No: Nabothian cysts are normal for the cervix. They can get enlarged but are usually self resolving. It will get smaller with time. An abscess is th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
It's a symptom: Incontinence is a symptom. What causes it is the million dollar question. That is what yr doctor should help you figure out. It can be nerve proble... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
No: The chances of you having a prolapsed rectum at age 26 is very small. The chances of it causing blurry vision and night sweats are less. I would be sl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Yes: Typically, you don't get enough systemic absorption to disrupt normal menstrual cycles. Applying it to the urethra sold be no problem. If you are cu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Gynecologist: If you are a woman, any gynecologist that has the ability to do pcr testing can test for those bacteria. Ditherix is one lab available for this speci... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Anticholinergic: Detrol (tolterodine) is a medication that is used for urinary incontinence related to urgency causes. It has been used for many years and has an "la"... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Depends on problem: Meshes have been used intravaginally since development of the sling by ulmstead in the late 90's. Current fda warnings are for vaginally placed mesh r... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Water intake?: Urine is a byproduct of the kidneys filtration of the blood. It is common for urine that is concentrated to have a stronger odor. Increasing water i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Women's Health: Obstetrics deals with safe delivery of an infant at the completion of a pregnancy. The obstetrician has to view the mother as 2 patients because there... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Overflow?: Overflow is an older term that is not used much anymore.. The thought is there is either a partial obstruction as seen with prostate enlargement or af... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Watch your diet!: Most flares of ic are related to dietary irritants to the bladder. Acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes are especially bad however vitamin b6... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Find the Cause : Best treatment is determining the correct cause of the incontinence. Leaking is a symptom and the treatments are determined by the cause. Biofeedba... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Worsen it. : Bladder infections cause increased urgency and bladder muscle contractions that make it hard to hold the urine. Why are you having recurrent infectio... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Good Treatment: Interstitial cystitis, i.C., is a really difficult problem that can cause a lot of issues. Usually the hardest part is finding a good physician to hel... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Yes and No: If you are taking the pills for menstrual cycle control and pregnancy is not something you are considering or worried about, you can start the pills a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
I agree: I agree with dr. Ferdowsi. However, in older women low hormones can cause urethritis also. Topical estrogen applied to the urethra can help with the i... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Yes: There is a tendency for i.C. To recur in families, siblings and daughters. There is also a family tendency for endometriosis and these two problems of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Exercises/pessaries: Real stress incontinence is usually related to hyper mobility of the urethral/bladder neck. This can be improved with pelvic floor strengthening by d... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Diet and medications: Dietary changes and avoidance of high acidic foods like citrus fruits and carbonated beverages are easy corrections. Dmso has also been shown to ass... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
24 hours if treated : If you know that it is the cause of the symptoms, treatment with DMSO and increased water intake will hve you feeling better pretty quickly. However,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Shouldn't: Kegel exercises done correctly are supposed to increase the strength of the elevator plate. That is a group of muscles that help with support of the p... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Could be menopause: Menopause would be the most common cause. However, the minimum evaluation would involve some blood work that looks at the ovarian function and pituita... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Through the blood: Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidney/urine collecting system. The kidney filters the blood of impurities and passes them out in the urine. How... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Yes And no: The surgical options are really limited to what the cause of the incontinence is. Often times the correct diagnosis is the most difficult portion of ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Could be prolapse.: Often times, some women will feel menstrual type cramping with heavy activities if the pelvic floor is struggling to keep good support of the pelvic ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Settings?: Need to have the settings and impedance checked. Maybe the battery is dead, maybe a lead has migrated. Maybe the nerve is saturated and the settings ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Probably: Stents are not much fun and they can be uncomfortable. They can cause blood in the urine also. However, if you think it is more than what you would ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Call your Ob: If you are still breast feeding and think you have a bladder infection, call the obstetrician. Certain antibiotics can't be used while you are breast ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Might need ABX chang: If you have not seen an improvement in 4 days, you might want to check back with your physician. It could be the bladder infection is not sensitive ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Beer: Any diuretic type of product such as drinking beer can aggravate incontinence because of the increased urine production. Vitamin b complex can aggrav... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Bladder irritability: If you are a woman.........With advancing age and decreasing vaginal estogen, the bladder becomes less tolerant of stimulation. Whether it is tomatoe... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Absolutely: The catheter affects the epithelium or mucosae of the urethra and the bladder. A burning feeling with urination for a few days is very common. Pyridi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Pelvic floor P.T.: Biofeedback and e-stim of the pelvic floor is often done by physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor p.T. Holister makes a nice system h... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Leak at catheter?: If the catheter is a suprapubic catheter and you are leaking around it, it is probably related to bladder contractions causing the leak around the cat... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Probably not.: Usually the flow is related to the amount of estrogen in your body and the relation to the amount of progesterone. However, the surface area of the ut... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Varied: A lot of the symptoms are related to the bladder....Frequency, recurrent uti, pressure, urgency, and incomplete emptying. Additionally, you might fee... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Hormone pills: The most common treatment is birth control pills. The pills use hormones to override your body's self made hormones. This stops the development of the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Traditional repairs: The area of dissection by surgeons who do a lot of this type of surgery has changed since the development of mesh. We are now doing the traditional r... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Vaginal support: Sacrocolpopexy is an operation that helps with support of the top of the vagina. Usually y shaped mesh is attached to the front and back of the vagin... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Fiber one cereal: If constipation is the problem, 1 cup of fiber one cereal in a blender with 1.5 cups of pears in pear juice blended. Store in a tupperware bowl and p... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Still Antibiotics: Pyelonephritis is still just an infection of the kidney and upper tracts of the urinary system. The cure is still antibiotics. Real pyelonephritis i... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Mesh?: Prolapse surgery with some spotting after surgery? Hard to know so would suggest you check in with your prolapse surgeon. If you had a mesh reconstr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Crud !: If it is related to lifting heavy things, it is probably related to some loss of pelvic floor support and mobility of the urethra. As a temporary fix... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. SCHUSTER is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. SCHUSTER is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much. I thought that the only repair was the mesh.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I"ve been getting conflicting advice. I will follow yours.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama - Birmingham
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MED CENTER

Awards

Carl Evers Gynecologic Oncology Award for outstanding surgical skills
Best of the Best Tennessee Valley 2011
Top Doctor, First Place, Huntsville, AL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
National Association for Continence

Publications

New Onset Endometriosis after laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy: A case control study
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