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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 urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Appleton, WI, Shawano, WI, and Green Bay, WI. Dr. Lawatsch's areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for his residency.

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

Dr. Tait Fors' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fors's clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolbeck include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Kolbeck takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 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' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Higgins's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Higgins graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

Dr. Omar Atassi practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Atassi include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patient ratings for Dr. Atassi average 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atassi accepts. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Atassi trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. He is 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 sees patients in Neenah, WI, Oshkosh, WI, and Appleton, WI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Clinical interests for Dr. Murphy include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). The average patient rating for Dr. Murphy is 3.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murphy accepts. Dr. Murphy is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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

Clinical interests for Ms. Tricia Koch include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Ms. Koch's 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.

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