We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Gold Compass 1500 near Weston, FL.

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Mrs Rute Cecilia Paixao MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Rute Paixao's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Paixao include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She completed her residency training at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Paixao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Paixao is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total Protein Urine Test, Renal ... (Read more)

Dr Dianne Sandy MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Suite # A11/12
Weston, FL

Dr. Dianne Sandy is an adult nephrology specialist in Weston, FL. These areas are among Dr. Sandy's clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sandy attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Cleveland Clinic. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total Protein Urine Test, Renal ... (Read more)

Andreas G Tzakis MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Andreas Tzakis' specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and general surgery. Dr. Tzakis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Memorial Health System. Dr. Tzakis attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tzakis's training includes residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Tzakis at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tzakis honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tzakis has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Liver Tumor, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Gabriel Schnickel MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. 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. Dr. Schnickel is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Schnickel's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr Diego C Reino MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Diego Reino's specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. He practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Reino performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

Mauro Braun MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Mauro Braun specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Braun include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. His residency was performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Braun is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Braun honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total Protein Urine Test, Renal ... (Read more)

Neerja Agrawal MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Neerja Agrawal is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She 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. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Inj ... (Read more)

Dr Richard J Macchia MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Richard Macchia is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Macchia include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Macchia attended New York Medical College for medical school. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Sexual Dysfunction, Benign Prostatic Hyperpl ... (Read more)

Dr Fernando Cabrera MD
Specializes in Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Fernando Cabrera's medical specialty is surgery. Dr. Cabrera's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and adrenal cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Cabrera trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for his residency. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Durham VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Low Testosterone, Phimosis, Varicocele, Urinary Tract Obstruction, Erectile Dysfu ... (Read more)

Dr Surafel Kebede Gebreselassie MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 4.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His education and training includes medical school at Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Gebreselassie is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gebreselassie is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr Barbara Ercole MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.82 stars out of 5 (28 ratings)
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code 4th Floor
Weston, FL

Dr. Barbara Ercole's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ercole include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ercole honors. She studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Ercole's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, Urologi ... (Read more)

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
1613 North Harrison Parkway; Building C Suite 200
Sunrise, FL

Dr. James Johnson is a diagnostic radiology specialist in Largo, FL, Plantation, FL, and Sunrise, FL. Dr. Johnson's clinical interests include kidney stones. He takes United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Johnson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, JFK Medical Center - North Campus, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones

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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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