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We found 3 providers with an interest in nephrolithotomy and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Temple, TX.

Dr. Scott Scott Coffield, MD
Specializes in Urology, Surgical Oncology
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX
 

Dr. King Coffield's areas of specialization are urology (urinary tract disease) and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Coffield attended medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Coffield completed a residency program at Baylor University Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Best Physicians of USA, Top Physicians of America; Physician Oncology Education Program, Excellence Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cryosurgery, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick Shepherd Lowry, MD
Specializes in Urology, Surgical Oncology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Lowry works as an urologist and surgical oncologist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lowry attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Scott & White/Texas A&M HSC GME Distinguished Alumnus; Endourological Society Essay contest, 3rd place; and Pfizer Scholar in Urology, University of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

All Interests: Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Pyeloplasty, Robotic Prostatectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristofer Ross Wagner, MD
Specializes in Urology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Kristofer Wagner sees patients in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Wagner trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Gerald P. Murphy/Praecis Award, 2004, 2006, 2007; Texas Rising Stars; and Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

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What are Nephrolithotomy and Nephrolithotripsy?

Nephrolithotomy and nephrolithotripsy are surgical treatments for large stones that have formed in the kidney, or in the tubes connecting the kidney to the bladder (called the ureters). For these procedures, the surgeon makes an incision in the patient's back and then inserts a tube with a camera, called a nephroscope, into the incision. The nephroscope allows her to see inside the kidney and helps her determine whether the stone is small enough to fit through the tube, or if it needs to be broken up into smaller pieces before removal.

If the surgeon simply takes the stone out using the nephroscope, the procedure is called nephrolithotomy. However, if the stone is very large, the surgeon may use high-frequency sound waves to crush the stone first, and then suction out the stone fragments. This type of kidney stone removal is called nephrolithotripsy.

Before the development of minimally invasive techniques, nephrolithotomy required a long incision, but now it is performed with a cut shorter than half an inch. When the procedure is done this way, it is called percutaneous nephrolithotomy. In contrast, nephrolithotripsy has always been performed through a small incision.

Both percutaneous nephrolithotomy and nephrolithotripsy take approximately 20 to 45 minutes to perform and require a hospital stay of about two or three days. After the stones are removed, you will have two temporary drain tubes -- a nephrostomy, which drains urine from the kidney, and a urinary catheter, which drains urine from your bladder. These tubes will be removed before you get discharged from the hospital. Strenuous activities, including pushing, pulling, and lifting, must be avoided for up to a month, but you may return to work a week after surgery.