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Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Packer's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hernia surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Packer's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz is a specialist in pediatric urology. His areas of expertise include phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. Dr. Zaontz graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zaontz has received professional recognition including the following: America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. Dr. Zaontz's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Phimosis, Varicocele, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Surgical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Gregory Dean's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dean graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. Dr. Dean is professionally affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jay Laurence Bloch, MD
Specializes in Urology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; West Pavilion, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jay Bloch is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Before completing his residency at MetroWest Medical Center, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Bloch attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bloch's clinical interests include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bloch honors. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
63 Kresson Road; Suite 103
Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Dr. Shih-Han Chow is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Chow is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Chow performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He is affiliated with Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Roth's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He is open to new patients. Dr. Roth studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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