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Specializes in Urology
1521 8th Avenue; Suite 201
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Michael Packer works as an urologist. His clinical interests include 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. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, Dr. Packer completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Packer has an open panel.

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Specializes in Urology
1521 8th Avenue; Suite 201
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Dean's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Dean is affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dean's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Dean attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs.

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Specializes in Urology
1521 8th Avenue; Suite 201
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. His professional affiliations include Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Roth honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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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