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

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

Dr. Brian Golden's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Golden is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Golden's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Kadee Thompson practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thompson include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Thompson attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Kirk Anderson's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Anderson has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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

Dr. Kiumars Hekmat specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Sacramento, CA and Elk Grove, CA. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hekmat include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Hekmat trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hekmat has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. He speaks Persian. Dr. Hekmat is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is accepting new patients.

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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). He works in Sacramento, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eandi include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Eandi is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Eandi completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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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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