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We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Largo, FL.

Dr. Thurman Johnson Ross Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Thurman Ross specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Ross's clinical interests include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Marco Andres Camuzzi, DO
Specializes in Urology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Marco Camuzzi is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Camuzzi is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Camuzzi's residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Circumcision, Kidney Stones, Diabetes, Nephrostomy, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chester Clifford Wilmot, MD
Specializes in Urology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Chester Wilmot is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Wilmot is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Wilmot attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Wilmot speaks Afrikaans.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Circumcision, Kidney Stones, Nephrectomy, Vasectomy, Lithotripsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cesar R Abreu, MD
Specializes in Urology
501 S Lincoln Avenue; Suite 11
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Abreu is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Abreu's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Abreu attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Abreu's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Dr. Mitchell Scott Klavans, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mitchell Klavans' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Klavans attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Klavans include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Klavans average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Klavans has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Lombard, DO
Specializes in Urology
2039 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Lombard's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Lombard is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lombard honors.

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Dr. William T Stafford, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Stafford's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stafford include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. Dr. Stafford is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital.

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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.