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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Gladstone, MO.

Dr. Timothy C Frey, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5601 N Antioch Road; Suite 12
Gladstone, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Frey's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Frey graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Mary's Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Frey include disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and phobias. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frey accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Dr. Robert W Drogan, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5601 N Antioch Road; Suite 12
Gladstone, MO
 

Dr. Robert Drogan's specialty is family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drogan's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, trichotillomania, and restless leg syndrome. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Drogan accepts. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. He is professionally affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Dr. Robert E Dattilio, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5601 N Antioch Road; Suite 12
Gladstone, MO
 

Dr. Robert Dattilio is a family medicine practitioner in Gladstone, MO. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include prostate problems, disc problems, and restless leg syndrome. Dr. Dattilio takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His professional affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Dr. Justin Scott Lawing, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5601 N Antioch Road; Suite 12
Gladstone, MO
 

Dr. Justin Lawing works as a family practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Lawing include disc problems, prostate problems, and restless leg syndrome. Dr. Lawing is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawing graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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.