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

Dr. Andreas Tzakis is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tzakis's medical residency was performed 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's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tzakis include: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Tzakis speaks Greek. Dr. Tzakis's professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Richard Macchia works as an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Macchia include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Macchia takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Macchia completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: 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. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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

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

Dr. Mauro Braun is an adult nephrologist in Weston, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Braun at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Braun honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Boca Raton Super Doctors. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Braun is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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

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

Dr. Dianne Sandy specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Weston, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Sandy average 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Sandy attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Sandy is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

Dr. Barbara Ercole is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ercole include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and radical prostatectomy. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ercole takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Ercole attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ercole is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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 is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Reino include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Reino is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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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. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Clinical interests for Dr. Schnickel include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnickel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gebreselassie's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Dr. Gebreselassie performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal specializes in adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. 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. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed residency programs at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. 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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Muruve include testicular cancer, robotic prostatectomy, and kidney surgery. Dr. Muruve is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Muruve 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Muruve include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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

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

Dr. Rute Paixao's area of specialization is adult nephrology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Paixao include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for her residency. Dr. Paixao (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Specializes in Urology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Cabrera is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and adrenal cancer. Dr. Cabrera is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Durham VA Medical Center. He 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 Ponce School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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

Dr. Alok Shrivastava's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: partial nephrectomy, radical cystectomy, and clinical trials. Dr. Shrivastava 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. He attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, American Urological Assoc. Annual Meeting and Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award. In addition to English, Dr. Shrivastava (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Shrivastava is 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.