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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Gold near Lawrenceville, NJ.

Dr. Steven Mark Orland, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Capital Way; Suite 407
Pennington, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Orland's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, genital warts, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and QualCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orland accepts. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with Capital Health, Princeton HealthCare System, and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Orland is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Ravi Rajan, MD
Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Ravi Rajan is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rajan's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and genital warts. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. He is affiliated with Aria Health, Capital Health, and Princeton HealthCare System. Dr. Rajan welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Christopher Schaefer, DO
Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Christopher Schaefer is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Schaefer attended UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and genital warts. Dr. Schaefer is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and more. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Aria Health, Capital Health, and Princeton HealthCare System. Dr. Schaefer is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Drew Hecht's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Hecht accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hecht's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aria Health, Princeton HealthCare System, and St. Mary Medical Center. 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.