We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Simplicity near Waupaca, WI.

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Dr Robert Elmer Vlach Jr MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Robert Vlach is an urologist. Dr. Vlach's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and male incontinence. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for residency. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Male Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Urinary Incontine ... (Read more)

Dr Eric Jon Lawatsch MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Eric Lawatsch is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Lawatsch include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cancer surgery, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Lawatsch attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. His professional affiliations include Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Rectocele, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Urinary Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunctio ... (Read more)

Dr Tait D Fors MD
Specializes in Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Tait Fors, who practices in Appleton, WI, Waupaca, WI, and Fond Du Lac, WI, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fors include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fors's professional affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, ... (Read more)

Mr Scott C Kolbeck MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.43 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Scott Kolbeck practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Clintonville, WI, Neenah, WI, and New London, WI. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolbeck include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Kolbeck is rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kolbeck accepts. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. He is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Female Incontinence, Renal Cryotherapy, Hypogonadism, Urinary Incontinence, Circumci ... (Read more)

Mr Daniel J Higgins MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.43 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Daniel Higgins' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Higgins include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Higgins accepts. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Higgins is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, ... (Read more)

Dr Omar Atassi MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.61 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Omar Atassi is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). The average patient rating for Dr. Atassi is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Genitourina ... (Read more)

Mr Michael J Murphy MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 3.12 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Dr. Michael Murphy's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Murphy is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Murphy's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, ... (Read more)

Ms Jessica Marie Lillie APNP
Specializes in Family Medicine, Urology
800 Riverside Drive
Waupaca, WI

Ms. Jessica Lillie's specialties are family medicine and urology (urinary tract disease). Her clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh and ThedaCare. Ms. Lillie is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Surgery, Female Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Gen ... (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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