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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Atassi's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Dr. Atassi honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals.

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

Dr. Eric Lawatsch is an urologist in Appleton, WI, Shawano, WI, and Green Bay, WI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lawatsch include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). His professional affiliations include Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare. Dr. Lawatsch honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

Dr. Tait Fors' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Fors's clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fors is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Scott Kolbeck is an urologist in Clintonville, WI, New London, WI, and Neenah, WI. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolbeck include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient ratings for Dr. Kolbeck average 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kolbeck accepts. He is 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' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Higgins's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Higgins attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Neenah, WI, Oshkosh, WI, and Appleton, WI. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Murphy's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Murphy's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

Ms. Tricia Koch's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She honors Medicare insurance. Her professional affiliations include 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.