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We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept AmeriHealth near Camden, NJ.

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
299 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Mucksavage practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Mucksavage include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and partial cystectomy. Dr. Mucksavage is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Mucksavage is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zaontz include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Zaontz attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; and Top Rated Physicians in America. His professional affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Zaontz has an open panel.

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Dr. Jonathan Adrian Roth, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Roth is open to new patients.

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Dr. Michael Gordon Packer, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Packer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Packer is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Gregory Edwin Dean, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Gregory Dean is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include neurogenic bladder, kidney stones, and hydronephrosis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dean takes. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Dean has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Abington Health, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Patricia Jane Lyons, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
245 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Patricia Lyons is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. She accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lyons is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Lyons is affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
63 Kresson Road; Suite 103
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Shih-Han Chow is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Cherry Hill, NJ, Sewell, NJ, and Voorhees, NJ. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Chow include bladder cancer, low testosterone (male hypogonadism), and laser surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Chow's professional affiliations include Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jay Laurence Bloch, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jay Bloch is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Bloch's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at MetroWest Medical Center and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bloch is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Dr. Robert Paul Chvala, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
245 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Chvala's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Chvala accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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.