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

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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). Clinical interests for Dr. Schaefer include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and genital warts. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed 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. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Aria Health, Capital Health, and Princeton HealthCare System.

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

Dr. Steven Orland's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Orland's clinical interests include bladder cancer, genital warts, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His professional affiliations include Capital Health and Princeton HealthCare System. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Orland accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Ravi Rajan is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Rajan's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and genital warts. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rajan takes. He is affiliated with Aria Health, Capital Health, and Princeton HealthCare System.

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Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Drew Hecht's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Hecht has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aria Health and Princeton HealthCare System.

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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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