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Dr. Karl H Ebert, MD
Specializes in Urology
17 W. Red Bank Avenue; Suite-303
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Karl Ebert is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Voorhees, NJ and Woodbury, NJ. He is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia and a graduate of Bryn Mawr Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. Patient ratings for Dr. Ebert average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ebert accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mitchell N Kotler, MD
Specializes in Urology
17 W Red Bank Avenue; Suite 303
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Mitchell Kotler is an urologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Kotler average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kotler include bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. He is professionally affiliated with Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, Inspira Medical Center Vineland, and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Kotler graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Dr. Randy B Ackerman, MD
Specializes in Urology
17 West Red Bank Avenue
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Randy Ackerman's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ackerman's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Ackerman's professional affiliations include Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
17 West Red Bank Avenue
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Murillo Mangubat is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, male incontinence, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Mangubat honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and a graduate of Graduate Hospital's residency program. Dr. Mangubat speaks Filipino.

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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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