Dr. Mathew Sorensen

Urology
Seattle, WA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356510, Seattle, WA
Directions

Insurances accepted

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Office

Seattle, WA

Office

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I am a urologist with a specialty interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, endourology, and the medical and surgical management of kidney stones. I spend about 20% of my time dedicated to research focusing on new minimally invasive imaging and treatment technologies for kidney stones. I also study the epidemiology of dietary and lifestyle factors as they relate to kidney stone formation. I have kidney stones myself, and so I understand the pain and discomfort that comes with passing a kidney stone and really focus on the prevention of future kidney stones. I love living in Seattle with my wonderful wife and two young sons.

Specialties
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Urology

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

92 Answers
108 Agrees
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Maybe: Lots of questions. - what kind of therapy (surgery, brachytherapy seeds, radiation therapy, or hormones) - what were your erections like before. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Bladder : Bladder infections are common, especially in women. Typically they are caused by bacteria that are introduced through the urethra. Because the ureth... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) : Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (sulfa/trimethoprim) is a reasonable antibiotic to treat utis, however the only way to know if the bacteri... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
US: An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging study. There is no radiation from an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound gel is placed on the skin, and then a sonog... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Blood : Blood that is visible in the urine (rather than just under the microscope) almost always warrants a thorough evaluation, especially if it is painless.... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Not cancer: Squamous cells in a urinalysis is usually a sign of contamination of the collection (i.e. The cup touched your skin). Squamous cells do not line the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Penis size: Your size is your size after puberty. There is no good way to increase penis size, despite the television and magazine ads. One of the few exceptions ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Usually not: But everyone is different. If the implant is placed in the correct location and turned up high, patients usually can feel it in the perineum, legs an... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Ejaculation: It is normal for there to be some slight discomfort in the scrotum and/or testicles after ejaculation. When you ejaculate the vas deferens often cont... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Could be UTI: Could be a bladder infection. Sounds like your bladder is irritated. This can be tested simply with a urine test with your physician and is usually ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Low risk: It is possible, but you have been partially protected by wearing a condom. Remember, it is stll possible to get herpes even if there are no visible s... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Urination: Urinating more frequently than normal. This can be from pathologic things such as overactive bladder or incomplete emptying of the bladder or a norma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Longer the better: Rest, ice, elevation when lying down and scrotal support is important to keep the scrotum from getting swollen. 2 weeks at a minimum, but 4 weeks wou... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Cialis: Cialis is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (pde5) in the same family as viagra and levitra (var... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Blood : Blood in the semen, or "hematospermia", can be a very alarming finding. It is quite common in urologic practices and in the absence of other symptoms... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Hematuria: Even with a good cause for the blood (the stone), it is still typically recommended you complete the evaluation for the blood in the urine to make sur... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Cyst: May be a Bartholin's gland cyst, inclusion cyst or a gartner duct cyst. A provider would be able to tell from an exam. They can enlarge and become p... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Yes: All of these are possible. Some of the stds are more robust than others, but all the things you describe would probably be classified as an "exposure... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Bladder neck contrac: After the prostate has been removed, scar tissue can form at the bladder neck making it difficult to empty. Bladder neck contracture. It is also pos... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Absolutely: Absolutely possible. A pregnancy test might be in order. Please practice protectd sex unless you are trying to become pregnant.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Anything: Nothing special. It is likely to heal fine on its own. Keep it clean.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Stool softener: Finish the course of antibiotics and get a stool softener (miralax, docusate) or laxative (senna, dulcolax, etc) till you are regular again.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Probably: It sounds like your question is whether daily masturbation with ejaculation will impact your later fertility. If that is the question, then it will p... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Possible: There are sperm in pre-ejaculate, they work just like regular sperm so pregnancy is certainly possible.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
See below: You could have an std, but they do not usually present with a headache.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
No: Hyperbaric oxygen is used in a few llimited scenarios...But chronic or acute kidney disease are not one of those scenarios. That being said, I am sur... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Levitra (vardenafil): Levitra (vardenafil) is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (pde5) in the same family as viagra an... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely if you reliably used both methods of birth control. If it has been a couple of weeks it should be easy to clear up with a pregnancy test.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Emptying?: The first question is if he is dribbling because he is full all the time. This is called overflow incontinence. Unusual at this age but important to... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Not sure: The symptoms you provide are not usually associated with a bladder infection or uti. Also, most utis, even if not treated, will resolve eventually. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Hydration: The biggest factor contributing to urine odor or smell is how hydrated you are. The concentrated, yellow color with smell should be a notice to drink... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Retrograde : What you describe is called retrograde ejaculation. You still make sperm and are still fertile. Still able to get and keep an erection and this does... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Get tested: Sounds like urethritis. Could be an std like gonorrhea, or chlamydia. Get tested with your primary care provider or a clinic.
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Kidney disease: Most kidney disease/kidney failure comes from longstanding, poorly controlled high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Nowaadays, it is rare for kidney ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
BUN: Blood urea nitrogen is a blood test that is used to evaluate kidney function and hydration status. The urea nitrogen comes as a normal biproduct of p... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Ditropan (oxybutynin): Oxybutynin is a generic medication in the class of "antcholinergic" drugs. It is often prescribed for overactive bladder to relax the bladder. It is... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Almost all of them: The actual circumcision procedure is not usually painful since it is done with some numbing medicine, but afterwards, the circumcision incision will b... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Test: If you are wondering and worried, then a simple pregnancy test will give you the answer.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Does it matter?: If you are trying to conceive and you think you are showing signs of ovulation, then go for it again. The only way to know is with a pregnancy test a... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
No change sensation: Viagra (sildenafil) only helps to increase the chance of having an erection. Does not change the sensation (other than allowing sex to happen) of int... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
TVUS: Transvaginal ultrasound is an ultrasound examination where the ultrasound probe is placed into the vagina. It is often used to visualize structures t... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Flomax (tamsulosin): Flomax (or tamsulosin) is a selective Alpha blocker medication. Used to help men empty their bladder by relaxing the bladder neck. It is also used ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Phimosis: If you are uncircumcsed and are having trouble pulling back your foreskin then it sounds like "phimosis." see a provider and they will sometmes recom... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Cancer: It is not entirely clear, but it sounds like he may have recurrent cancer after his treatment? Keep your spirits up, while a cure may be unlikely, th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Discharge: Sounds like urethritis. Urethral discharge is not good. Could be a sti like chlamydia or gonorrhea, could be irritation, could be a fungal infection... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Normal: It is normal to get an erection with arrousal. In the beginning of this process there is often a small amount of semen that is expressed.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Evaluation: The first thing the urologist is likely to discuss is if the kidney stones need to be treated or not. Small stones can often be followed, but if they... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
None: Usually there are no symptoms, but it depends on where they have formed. They can occur in the sinuses or the bladder. Sometimes they are detected d... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
No: Masturbation will not enlarge the prostate.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Sorensen
Urology 24 years experience
Low: The chances are low, but it is stll possible. Please practice protected sex unless you are trying to get pregnant.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Nov 27, 2012
I have worked with Dr Sorensen on several complex minimally-invasive surgeries. He is well-trained and a great surgeon.
Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Sorensen is a compassionate physician and a skilled surgeon. I endorse this doctor.
Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Sorensen is an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner.
HealthTap member
Thank you! I'm not leaking, I feel discomfort if I don't go instantly, and my stomach will make gurgling noises, and I'll feel jabs of pain.
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Thank you :) though the blood only comes out when im urinating im still scared of the fact that its alot
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Thanks for your quick reply! Icurrently don't have any insurance but i can go to the ER.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Public Health
Graduated 2008MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Utah
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Best of the AUA/JUA Annual Meeting, American Urological Association Education and Research
Excellence in Research award, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

Affiliations

American Urological Association
Endourological Society
American College of Surgeons

Publications

Quantitative Assessment of Shockwave Lithotripsy Accuracy and the Effect of Respiratory Motion
Impact of calcium intake and intestinal calcium absorption on kidney stones in older women: the study of osteoporotic fractures.
Impact of nutritional factors on incident kidney stone formation: a report from the WHI OS.
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