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 is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ross attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Cesar Abreu specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Clearwater, FL. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Abreu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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

Dr. Marco Camuzzi's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Camuzzi a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Camuzzi attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Chester Wilmot is an urologist in Lakeland, FL and Largo, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Wilmot studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. He speaks Afrikaans. Dr. Wilmot's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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

Dr. Mitchell Klavans is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Klavans studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His residency was performed at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Klavans include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Klavans has received the following distinction: 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 is an urologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lombard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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

Dr. William Stafford is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. Dr. Stafford 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. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Stafford completed his residency training 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.