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We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Brian Kenneth Golden, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Brian Golden works as an urologist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Golden has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Golden welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency.

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Dr. Kirk Michael Anderson, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kirk Anderson specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Anderson focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Before completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Anderson attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Anderson is open to new patients.

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Dr. Kadee E Thompson, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; #400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kadee Thompson's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Thompson has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Thompson is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Kiumars Reza Hekmat, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kiumars Hekmat's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Hekmat average 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Hekmat is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Hekmat honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Hekmat is conversant in Persian.

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Dr. Jonathan Andrew Eandi, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Eandi is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Eandi is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.