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We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 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. After completing medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Ross performed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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). He works in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Wilmot 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. He obtained his medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Afrikaans. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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

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

Dr. Marco Camuzzi is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Largo, FL and Tampa, FL. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Camuzzi accepts. Dr. Camuzzi's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Camuzzi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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

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 Tampa, FL and Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Abreu is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Abreu completed residency programs at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Abreu an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Nephrectomy, Kidney Failure, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mitchell Klavans works as an urologist in Clearwater, FL. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klavans include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klavans has received the distinction of 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 in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lombard takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Female Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Testicular Cancer, Bladder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Stafford is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Stafford include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. Dr. Stafford is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and a graduate of Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital's residency program. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Stafford honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.