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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
13123 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Nicholas Cost is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. In addition to English, Dr. Cost speaks Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, kidney stones, and testicular cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. 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. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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
13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Ty Higuchi is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and kidney stones. Dr. Higuchi is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Higuchi completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

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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 is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Campbell focuses on surgical procedures. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Campbell performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alberta. He is professionally affiliated with 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 G Hanna, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Melisha Hanna is a pediatric nephrologist. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians. Dr. Hanna honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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

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

Dr. Jens Goebel specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and incontinence. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, Dr. Goebel attended medical school at Heidelberg University. Dr. Goebel is conversant in German. He 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. Shandra S Wilson, MD
Specializes in Urology
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
 

Dr. Shandra Wilson is an Aurora, CO physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Wilson is especially interested in testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and robotic surgery. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' residency program. Dr. Wilson is professionally affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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

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

Dr. Seth Furgeson's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Furgeson takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. His professional affiliations include Denver Health Medical Center, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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

Dr. John Carson is an adult nephrologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Carson include polycystic kidney disease. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carson obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Carson is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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

Dr. John Montford works as an adult nephrologist. In his practice, Dr. Montford focuses on polycystic kidney disease, intensive care, and autoimmune disorders. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended 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 and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. He has received distinctions including Fellow of the Year, UC Hospital Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program and Chief Nephrology Fellow, UC Hospital Department of Renal Disease and Hypertension. Dr. Montford's professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the University Physicians, and Veterans Health Administration (VA).

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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.