We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Simplicity near Waupaca, WI.

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Dr. Robert Elmer Vlach Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Robert Vlach's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Vlach's clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and male incontinence. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. 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 Wisconsin. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vlach honors.

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Dr. Eric Jon Lawatsch, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Eric Lawatsch sees patients in Appleton, WI, Shawano, WI, and Green Bay, WI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawatsch 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. He is affiliated with Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Tait D Fors, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Tait Fors is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Waupaca, WI, Appleton, WI, and Ripon, WI. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fors honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Fors attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Fors is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Scott C Kolbeck, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Scott Kolbeck works as an urologist. Dr. Kolbeck's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). His professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. 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. He is rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kolbeck honors.

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Dr. Daniel J Higgins, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Daniel Higgins practices urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Higgins honors. Dr. Higgins's education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Dr. Omar Atassi, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Omar Atassi's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Atassi's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Michael James Murphy, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Michael Murphy works as an urologist in Neenah, WI, Oshkosh, WI, and Appleton, WI. Patient ratings for Dr. Murphy average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Jessica Marie Lillie
Specializes in Family Medicine
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Ms. Jessica Lillie works as a family practitioner in Shawano, WI, Waupaca, WI, and Appleton, WI. Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Ms. Lillie is affiliated with 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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