We found 10 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Li-Ming Ming Su, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Li Su's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, and kidney stones. Dr. Su's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for his residency. Dr. Su has received the distinction of Distinguished Customer Service Award, UF Health, Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Abutalbed Ahsan Ejaz, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Abutaleb Ejaz, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Ejaz's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Carilion Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Vincent Gerard Bird, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Vincent Bird is an urologist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Bird's clinical interests include laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, cancer, and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Bird's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bird include: Urology Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award; the University of Miami Department of Urology; and Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Jogiraju Tantravahi is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Tantravahi's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Michael A Dennis Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Dennis's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dennis takes. Dr. Dennis's training includes a residency program at Shands HealthCare. He has received the following distinctions: Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society..

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Dr. Romano T De Marco, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Romano Demarco is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Clinical interests for Dr. Demarco include kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and hypospadias. Dr. Demarco accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinctions: Golden Key National Honor Society; Mortar Board Honor Society; and the University of Missouri Chancellor Scholar. Dr. Demarco is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypospadias, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Victoria Yvonne Bird, MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Victoria Bird's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise consist of urge incontinence (overactive bladder), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Bird is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bird include: Exceptional Summer Student Research Award, NINDS, NIH; Argonne National Laboratory Traveling Research Award, Chicago, IL; and Stanley Foundation: research funding award, NAMI, NIMH, NIH. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Dr. Muna Thalji Canales, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Muna Canales is an adult nephrologist in Gainesville, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Canales include kidney stones and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Canales is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Problems

Dr. Benjamin Kirk Canales, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Canales' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Canales's areas of expertise include the following: simple prostatectomy, laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Canales has received professional recognition including the following: NIDDK Fellow Travel Award; the University of Minnesota Urology Research Contest and 1st and 3rd Place; and Leslie Zieve Award and Outstanding Fellow or Resident Research at VAMC. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Dr. Rupam Ruchi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road; First Floor, Room 1901
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Rupam Ruchi is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Gainesville, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruchi include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruchi honors. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Ruchi (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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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.

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