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 works as an urologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and male incontinence. Dr. Vlach is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Vlach is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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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). His clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Lawatsch attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. Dr. Lawatsch is professionally 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' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Fors include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending 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 Connecticut. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Kolbeck a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI
 

Dr. Daniel Higgins is an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Higgins include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Dr. Higgins attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Higgins honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Omar Atassi works as an urologist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Atassi's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atassi accepts. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Atassi completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals.

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

Dr. Michael Murphy is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Murphy 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. Murphy takes. Dr. Murphy's 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 professionally 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 is a family medicine physician. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Ms. Lillie is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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