We found 3 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Madison, WI.

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Dr. Stephen Y Nakada, MD
Specializes in Urology
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Stephen Nakada's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Nakada is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include shock wave lithotripsy, uroflowmetry, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health) and the University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nakada is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Madison Magazine Top Docs and Best Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Cystoscopy, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Ureteroscopy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Alison C Keenan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Alison Keenan is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Keenan's clinical interests include shock wave lithotripsy, uroflowmetry, and kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Keenan is professionally affiliated with American Family Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, Varicocele, Pyeloplasty, Hydrocelectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ruthie R Su, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI
 

Dr. Ruthie Su's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Su include shock wave lithotripsy, uroflowmetry, and kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is professionally affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health).

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All Interests: Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, Varicocele, Pyeloplasty, Hydrocelectomy, ... (Read more)

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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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