We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Gold near Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Dr. Christopher Schaefer, DO
Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Christopher Schaefer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaefer include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Schaefer's professional affiliations include Princeton HealthCare System, Capital Health, and St. Mary's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HSA. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Schaefer's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Steven M Orland, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Capital Way; Suite 407
Pennington, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Orland's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Orland include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System, Capital Health, and St. Mary's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Orland attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Orland welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Ravi Rajan, MD
Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Ravi Rajan is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave Dr. Rajan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System, St. Mary's Hospital, and Capital Health. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rajan studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rajan trained at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Specializes in Urology
3311 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
 

Dr. Drew Hecht is an urologist. Dr. Hecht studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Princeton HealthCare System and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Hecht's practice is open to new patients.

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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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