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Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD
Specializes in Cardiology, Adult Nephrology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 315
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Layal Abdel-Rahman is a cardiology (heart disease) and adult nephrology specialist. Her areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, gallbladder problems, and nephrotic syndrome. She is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Abdel-Rahman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Abdel-Rahman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Lombard, DO
Specializes in Urology
2039 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Lombard practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Largo, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Lombard is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lombard's clinical interests include diabetes, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, and cryotherapy. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lombard trained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. William T Stafford, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 280
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Stafford is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Stafford graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Stafford is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Mitchell Scott Klavans, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 280
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mitchell Klavans sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). The average patient rating for Dr. Klavans is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Klavans 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. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Klavans performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Thurman Ross is an urologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ross include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and shock wave lithotripsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a graduate of Grady Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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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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