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

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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 is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Atassi include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Atassi's residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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

Dr. Robert Vlach's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and male incontinence. Dr. Vlach is affiliated with ThedaCare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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

Dr. Eric Lawatsch's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Lawatsch's clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. 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.

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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. 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's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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) and practices in Clintonville, WI, New London, WI, and Neenah, WI. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Kolbeck attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient reviews placed Dr. Kolbeck at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is 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' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Higgins's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Dr. Higgins is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Higgins trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

Dr. Michael Murphy is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Murphy is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Ms. Jessica Lillie practices family medicine. Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Ms. Lillie is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She 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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