We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Keystone 65 Choice near Woodbury, NJ.

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

Dr. Karl Ebert's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ebert include bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. Dr. Ebert is affiliated with Virtua Physician Partners, Inspira Medical Center Vineland, and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. Dr. Ebert is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended Medical College of Georgia and then went on to complete his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

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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 a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kotler completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Kotler's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Kotler honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Physician Partners, Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, and Inspira Medical Center Vineland. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Randy Ackerman is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, male incontinence, and female incontinence. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ackerman honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Ackerman is affiliated with Virtua Physician Partners, Inspira Medical Center Vineland, and Inspira Medical Center Elmer. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Urology
17 West Red Bank Avenue
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Murillo Mangubat practices urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He trained at Graduate Hospital for his residency. These areas are among Dr. Mangubat's clinical interests: bladder cancer, male incontinence, and soft tissue sarcoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mangubat is conversant in 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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