We found 13 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Weston, FL.

Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Primary Office
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis' areas of specialization are general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French. These areas are among Dr. Tzakis's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis's professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Tzakis performed Dr. Tzakis's residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Tzakis 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. Dr. Tzakis has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard, Mc Fla; Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Mauro Braun is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Weston, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Braun include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Braun average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Braun takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Suite # A11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dianne Sandy is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandy include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Sandy performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sandy is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandy takes.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Richard Macchia sees patients in Weston, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Macchia average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Macchia include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Macchia is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Macchia has received include Dr. Macchia has been cited more 60 times in various "best doctor" guides in New York; AUA Distinguished Contribution award; and New York Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Sexual Dysfunction, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology, Surgical Oncology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code 4th Floor
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Ercole, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease) and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Ercole's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Ercole include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and radical prostatectomy. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She 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. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Ercole trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. She is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. 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. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Reino trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel's areas of specialization are general surgery and transplant surgery. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Schnickel is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schnickel honors. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Schnickel completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Q7
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gebreselassie takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal's specialty is adult nephrology. Her training includes residency programs at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Agrawal takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nicolas Muruve's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Muruve is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muruve's areas of expertise include the following: testicular cancer, robotic prostatectomy, and kidney surgery. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Muruve is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. He has received the following distinctions: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Muruve is conversant in French.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Kidney Surgery, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Rute Paixao is an adult nephrology specialist in Weston, FL. Dr. Paixao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Paixao include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Paixao is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for residency. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Paixao takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Cabrera is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Cabrera's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and adrenal cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Durham VA Medical Center. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alok Shrivastava specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Shrivastava attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise include partial nephrectomy, radical cystectomy, and clinical trials. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shrivastava at an average of 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. Shrivastava accepts. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Shrivastava has received include Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, American Urological Assoc. Annual Meeting and Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award. Dr. Shrivastava (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Kidney Surgery, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

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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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