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Dr. Benjamin Whittam

Pediatrics - Urology
Indianapolis, IN
16 years experience male

Locations

Pediatric Urology

Indianapolis, IN

Address

705 Riley Hospital Drive, Suite 4230, Indianapolis, IN, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

CIGNA Health Care

About

Bio

I am a pediatric urologist who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, particularly robotic surgery. I also have an interest in sacral neuromodulation for pediatric patients with refractory voiding dysfunction.

Specialties
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Pediatrics - Urology

Pediatric Urology

Doctor Q&A

81 Answers
25 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See a Urologist: A calcification in the bladder can be benign or incredibly serious, you need you have urinalysis and be checked for hematuria (blood in your urine). ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
It depends...: The ureter (tube that drains kidney) is often dilated during surgery which can cause pain. After surgery, a ureteral stent is often placed (but not al... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor: You could have epidydimitis (infection of part of the system that carries semen). See your doctor, especially if you have worsening pain, pain with u... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor: There are many causes for fecal incontinence and you need to see your doctor to help determine the cause. They may refer you to a gastroenterologi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
UTI: See your doctor or a walk-in clinic. A simple urinalysis will give you the answer almost immediately. If urine tests don't show any signs of infecti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Cystoscopy: Cystoscopy is looking in the urethra (pee channel) into the bladder. Ureteroscopy is looking into the ureter (tube that drains the kidney) flexi... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Personal Approach: Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, cert... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Not really: Testicular torsion is the twisting of the testicle on its blood supply, causing severe pain and may cause death of the testicle. When a procedure is ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor...: If you are having severe pain after surgery you need to see your surgeon to figure out what is going on. During a laparoscopic removal of the gal... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Absolutely: Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about when you can return to normal activity, which can be any where from 2 - 4 weeks. Start slow an... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See a urologist: An undescended testicle (udt) should be corrected early in life, it is unclear to me if you had your udt corrected. Sometimes after surgery for an ud... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your MD: Pain with urination and sharp needle sensation is concerning for a urinary tract infection, however, i would also be sure to rule out any sexually tra... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Semen analysis: For males the simplest way to assess your fertility is a semen analysis. Most physicians will not initiate a workup unless you are unable to conceive ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Depends: In order to conceive your partner must be ovulating around (usually within 72 hours of intercourse). Be patient it may take 6 - 12 months before she ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Depends: Orchitis typically refers to infection of the testicle and antibiotics are used to treat such infections. Sometimes a prolonged course of antibiotics... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your MD: After a hydrocele repair there is a significant amount of swelling which can appear like the hydrocele is still present. This can happen after your ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
No: If semen or ejaculate comes in contact with the inside of your vagina then pregnancy is a possibility.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Tight foreskin: Phimosis is scarring or tightening of the foreskin in uncircumcised man. It makes it painful or impossible to retract the the foreskin over the glans... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Talk to your doctor.: Renal cell carcinoma (rcc) is a cancer of the kidney. Staging is not definite till after tumor is removed. Stage 2 rcc is a tumor only in the kidney ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor: If you think the nerve stimulator is causing the pain, then you could try turning off the device and see if your pain goes away. Regardless you nee... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Ask your doctor...: As always contact the physician who implanted the device regarding their specific postoperative instructions. I tell my patients to avoid strenuous... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Yes: Urethritis means infection or inflammation of the urethra (tube that you pee out of). This results in penile pain, pain with urination and penile dis... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Testicular Pain: You need to see your doctor for a physical exam to rule out any serious issues like a hernia or infectious process. In the meantime try taking Ibupro... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Maybe: Chronic prostatitis is a difficult diagnosis to treat and harder to cure. The causes are often difficult to determine, some evidence has shown improv... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Somewhat: Removing the stent will cause some ureteral spasm and discomfort. I would recommend taking some Ibuprofen (if okay for you to take) about 45 minutes ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Normal: I assume you are referring to masturbating and ejaculating. This is normal, men have variable sexual desires and urges to masturbate/ejaculate.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Yes: Stds or sexually transmitted diseases refer to a large number of different disease that are transmitted by sexual intercourse. Some stds are caused b... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor: You need a testicular exam by your doctor and possibly an testicular ultrasound to rule out any abnormalities. Continue to check your testicles once ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Robotic Surgery: Robotic surgery is an extrapolation of laparoscopic surgery; however, robotic arms and instruments provide an increase range of motion and degrees of ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Epididymitis?: An infection or inflammation of the epididymis can cause intermittent pain. A varicocele or enlarging of the testicular veins may cause intermittent ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Unsure: Phimosis means your foreskin is tight and may severe enough that you can't retract (pull back or foreskin). This would mean you can never the glans (... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life. Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidi... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
? Kidney Stone: Side or flank pain may be from a kidney stone. Typically pain may move from the back toward the front and toward the groin. The pain may also cause ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Surgery Needed...: True undescended testicles (udt) should be treated surgically once an infant reaches 6 months of age. At this age testicles will not descend (even wi... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor...: You have multiple urologic complaints: erectile dysfunction, urinary tract infection and testicular pain. I would recommend seeing your doctor and ha... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Normal: Urine can look all different shades of yellow and orange depending upon your hydration. Often the bag urine will look different colored be caused it i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Uncertain: Postoperative swelling is expected and initially a hydrocele may still look like it is present immediately after surgery. You should see steady impro... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Hard to answer: Some studies have shown that 50% of uncircumcised men will seek medical attention secondary to problem with their foreskin. Recent studies have shown... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor: Your doctor can perform an exam and tell you what is normal and not normal. You should learn how to do self testicular exams every month. What you a... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See a Urologist: Gross blood or blood you can see in urine should be evaluated by a urologist. It may require some urine tests, ct scan imaging and possibly a cystosc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Ureteroscopy: Yes. All ureteroscopic stone surgery is done with the patient under anesthesia. This is done for 2 reasons: painful procedure and patient must be co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Stone Size: Stones of all sizes can be removed ureteroscopically, from down to 1-2 millimeters (if they won't pass) and up to 1.5 cm. Typically stones larger the... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your MD: You need to see your doctor or a urologist for a physical exam and possible testicular ultrasound. What you are describing sounds like a spermatocele... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Hard to tell: A urinary tract infection can cause sediment to form in the urine from break down of infection fighting cell, dead bacteria and bladder lining that wa... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See your doctor...: May be normal but if symptoms worsen and you get burning with urination or discharge or painful urination it could be signs of a urinary tract infecti... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Pain with urination: Dysuria is usually caused by infection (urinary tract infection) but can be the result of kidney stones, bladder spasms, stds. It is usually caused b... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Ask your surgeon: This is something your surgeon should have told you and please call his/her office to determine postoperative activities that are permissible. Most s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
See a Urologist: Gross blood or blood you can see in urine should be evaluated by a urologist. It may require some urine tests, ct scan imaging and possibly a cystosc... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Possibly: Uti symptoms: burning with peeing, frequency (going all the time), urgency (gotta go sensation), and possibly suprapubic pain. Utis can occur sponta... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 16 years experience
Not sure: See your md or a urologist. Some studies have shown decrease in penile sensation after circumcision, but you are uncircumcised. If you are able to r... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Whittam is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Whittam is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! She is potty trained. But she is constipated alot. Also, they keepfinding white blood cells in her urine. But they are saying it isn't a uti
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Thank you I am on immunosuppressant's, last time an invasive biopsy of prostrated I ended up in septic shock & barely servived.
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Thanks for your quick reply! it's hard to get an answer when you can only say so much in the paragraph

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dartmouth Medical School, NH
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Pediatric Urologist, First Place, Indiana - Winter
2013
Top Pediatric Urologist, Second Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Urological Association
Society for Pediatric Urology
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