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. Clinical interests for Dr. Tzakis include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing 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 attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tzakis include: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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

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

Dr. Diego Reino is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Reino speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Cabrera's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Cabrera's clinical interests include bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and adrenal cancer. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Durham VA Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Ponce School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Cabrera has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Dianne Sandy's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Sandy average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sandy's areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sandy 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. After completing medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, she performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic.

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

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Schnickel's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). 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. Dr. Schnickel studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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

Dr. Richard Macchia's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Macchia is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Macchia has received distinctions including 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
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alok Shrivastava's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Shrivastava (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include the following: partial nephrectomy, radical cystectomy, and clinical trials. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Dr. Shrivastava performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Shrivastava average 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shrivastava include: Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, American Urological Assoc. Annual Meeting and Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award.

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

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

Dr. Nicolas Muruve is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Muruve completed his residency training at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. These areas are among his clinical interests: testicular cancer, robotic prostatectomy, and kidney surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. 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. Dr. Muruve has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He speaks French. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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

Dr. Rute Paixao is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Paixao's training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Her clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Paixao is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Paixao honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Paixao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

Dr. Barbara Ercole is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Weston, FL. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Ercole's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and radical prostatectomy. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Ercole speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

Dr. Mauro Braun, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Braun's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Braun accepts. His training includes a residency program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Braun has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal practices adult nephrology. Dr. Agrawal is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital. She 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.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Q7
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Gebreselassie average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gebreselassie include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

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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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