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Dr Vincent Gerard Bird MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 2.83 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Vincent Bird is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and cancer. Dr. Bird takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bird attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Urology Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award; the University of Miami Department of Urology; and Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Bladder Stones, Ureteroscopy, Laparoscopic Radi ... (Read more)

Dr Michael A Dennis Jr MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.16 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Michael Dennis specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Dennis has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dennis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Urinary Tract Inf ... (Read more)

LiMing Su MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Li Su's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, Dr. Su completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Su has received professional recognition including the following: Distinguished Customer Service Award, UF Health, Gainesville, FL.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, Kidney Stones, Adrenalectomy, Adrenal Cancer, Cancer, Radical Pros ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Jogiraju Tantravahi's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tantravahi include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Tantravahi trained at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Problems

Abutalbed Ahsan Ejaz MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Abutaleb Ejaz's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He is especially interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Ejaz takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ejaz trained at Carilion Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Semmelweis University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Problems

Benjamin Kirk Canales MD
Specializes in Urology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Benjamin Canales sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include simple prostatectomy, laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, and kidney stones. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Canales attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Canales include: NIDDK Fellow Travel Award; the University of Minnesota Urology Research Contest and 1st and 3rd Place; and Leslie Zieve Award and Outstanding Fellow or Resident Research at VAMC. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, Simple Prostatectomy, Kidney Stones, Lit ... (Read more)

Romano Demarco MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Romano Demarco practices pediatric urology. He is especially interested in kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and hypospadias. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Demarco accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Demarco include: Golden Key National Honor Society; Mortar Board Honor Society; and the University of Missouri Chancellor Scholar.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypospadias, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr Muna Thalji Canales MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Muna Canales practices adult nephrology in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Canales honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at Mayo Clinic. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Problems

Dr Rupam Ruchi MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road; First Floor, Room 1901
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Rupam Ruchi's specialty is adult nephrology. After attending Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ruchi completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruchi accepts. Dr. Ruchi (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidn ... (Read more)

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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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