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We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones near Fond Du Lac, WI.

Dr. Omar Atassi, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Omar Atassi, who practices in Neenah, WI, Berlin, WI, and Ripon, WI, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Atassi has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Atassi include bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and cancer surgery. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Atassi attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Eric Jon Lawatsch, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Eric Lawatsch is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Lawatsch include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Lawatsch honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Lawatsch attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lawatsch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Tait D Fors, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Tait Fors practices urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Fors attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Fors include bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and cancer surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fors is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Scott C Kolbeck, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Scott Kolbeck works as an urologist in Clintonville, WI, New London, WI, and Neenah, WI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kolbeck's clinical interests: bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Kolbeck is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Daniel J Higgins, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Daniel Higgins' medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Higgins attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and cancer surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Higgins's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Michael James Murphy, MD
Specializes in Urology
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Dr. Michael Murphy's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Murphy graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and cancer surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Murphy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Tricia A Koch
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Ms. Tricia Koch's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, urodynamic testing, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). She accepts Medicare insurance. She is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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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.