Dr. Benjamin Whittam

Pediatrics - Urology
Indianapolis, IN
17 years experience male

Locations

Pediatric Urology

Indianapolis, IN

Address

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

My office hours

Thursday: 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Nothing: Avoid retracting or pulling back the foreskin as this can create a problem.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Ureteroscopy: This depends upon the size of the stones and the size of your ureter. Smaller stones < 5 mm can typically be grasped with small basket and removed in... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
When you need to...: Adult bladders hold about 400-600 milliliter of urine (about 1.5 - 2.5 cans of soda). You should pee when you feel the urge, which is usually every 2-... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
See your doctor: Testicles should not turn black or have black spots appear. It is not uncommon to have testicles with a bluish tint that can be a sign of a hydroc... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Urinary infection: Uti: infection of the urinary tract, also called cystitis or bladder infection. Typical symptoms include increased urgency and frequency of urinatio... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Possibly: Phimosis is a tightening of the foreskin making it difficult or impossible to retract. You may have pain with erections because of the tight foreskin... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Possibly: Phimosis is the tightening of the foreskin making it painful or impossible to retract the foreskin. I recommend seeing your primary md to see if your... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 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
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Find out why!: If your right testicle was removed for torsion you should definitely undergo a left sided orchiopexy (securing of testicle). Testicular torsion is of... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Phimosis: A tight foreskin or phimosis is actually very common. If you cannot retract your foreskin over the glans (head) of your penis this is abnormal and yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Ask your surgeon: Increasing activity to soon after surgery can cause worsening swelling and pain.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Having: Having urinary tract infections associated with sex? Try peeing immediately after sex.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
72 hours: About 72 hours.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Nothing serious: Hydronephrosis can be caused by obstruction or reflux but also can be normal or not a serious problem (usually low grade hydronephrosis). Your docto... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Possible...unlikely: The kidney is well protected by your ribcage and fatty tissue and usually injuries are caused by car accidents or falls from a significant height. Bu... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
No problem: Hydronephrosis is swelling of the part of the kidney that drains urine. Mild hydronephrosis can be a normal finding, particularly if found incidental... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Depends: Tight foreskin or phimosis is a common medical problem. If it is causing you pain or bleeding with erections or difficulty with urinating it should b... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Probably fine: No hydronephrosis and no masses is normal, so these are both good. Renal cysts are very common and usually benign (ask if they are simple cysts). Sm... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
See a peds urologist: Revision circumcisions are one of the most frequent operation performed by pediatric urologists. Too much skin is a frequent problem and can easily b... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Possible UTI: If you are having frequent urination with significant urgency and blood in urine you could have a uti. An std is also possible, if you had unprotecte... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
Not typically...: Increased frequency of urination and pain with urination and urgency (gotta go feeling) could be signs of a urinary tract infection (uti). Some women... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
See your doctor: If you are uncircumcised, it sounds like you have a minor phimosis (tight foreskin). So when you have an erection and intercourse it causes some crac... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
No good answer: Most of the world is not circumcised however ~60-70% of the usa is circumcised. Some data suggests circumcision reduces sensation during intercourse.... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
See your doctor: If you are having swelling in your groin you need to see your doctor for a physical exam to rule out a hernia. A hydrocele sometimes can cause swelli... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology 17 years experience
See your doctor...: You have multiple urologic complaints: penile pain and discoloration, and testicular pain. I would recommend seeing your doctor and having a physical... 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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