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We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Aurora, CO.

Dr. Nicholas Glenn Cost, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Nicholas Cost practices pediatric urology in Aurora, CO and Denver, CO. He attended Emory University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. Dr. Cost accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Cost speaks Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Tumor, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Training, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Ty Toshiro Higuchi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
Ucsom Division of Urology; Academic Office One Building, Room #5602-12631 East 17th
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Ty Higuchi's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Higuchi include men's health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). After attending the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. On average, patients gave Dr. Higuchi a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Men's Health Issues, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Reconstructive Surgery, Pelvic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Brian Campbell, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Jeff Campbell specializes in pediatric urology and practices in Aurora, CO and Broomfield, CO. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. Dr. Campbell has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Campbell studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alberta for residency. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Melisha Gayle Hanna, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Melisha Hanna is a physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hanna is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, and the University Physicians.

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All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

Dr. Shandra Sheppard Wilson, MD
Specializes in Urology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Shandra Wilson's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wilson include testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and robotic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. Dr. Wilson attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wilson accepts.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Penile Disorders, Men's Health Issues, Kidney Stones, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Jens Wolf-Dieter Goebel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
13123 E 16th Avenue; 328
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Jens Goebel's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). These areas are among Dr. Goebel's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and incontinence. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Heidelberg University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He speaks German. Dr. Goebel is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Incontinence, Interstitial Nephritis, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Seth Bernat Furgeson, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12605 E. 16th Avenue; 1st Floor, Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Seth Furgeson is a specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Furgeson include polycystic kidney disease. He is professionally affiliated with Denver Health Medical Center, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. Dr. Furgeson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Furgeson obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Dr. John Manning Carson, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. John Carson is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Aurora, CO and Denver, CO. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University for residency. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Carson is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and the University Physicians.

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Dr. John Ross Montford, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. John Montford's specialty is adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in polycystic kidney disease, intensive care, and autoimmune disorders. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Montford studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Montford trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Fellow of the Year, UC Hospital Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program and Chief Nephrology Fellow, UC Hospital Department of Renal Disease and Hypertension. His professional affiliations include Denver Health Medical Center, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.