We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Shield of California near Van Nuys, CA.

Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
12922 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin sees patients in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramin include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramin honors. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Ramin has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. Dr. Ramin is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Glick is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Glick has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Glick takes. Before completing his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Dr. Glick attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Glick is open to new patients.

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Dr. Burton A Liebross, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 320
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Burton Liebross is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Tarzana, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Liebross speaks Hebrew. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Liebross at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Liebross has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mark Stuart Romoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Mark Romoff is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. After attending Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Romoff's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Romoff has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Gladys Yee Duen Ng, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 604
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Gladys Ng's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and peyronie's disease (penile curvature). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ng attended medical school at Albany Medical College. She is conversant in Cantonese. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 225
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Noha Barsoum is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Barsoum performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Barsoum takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Mischel specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mischel attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Dr. Caroline Lee Wallner, MD
Specializes in Urology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 604
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Wallner is an urologist in Los Angeles, CA and Northridge, CA. Dr. Wallner studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Wallner include robotic kidney surgery, bladder cancer, and urge incontinence (overactive bladder). She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Wallner's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 315
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Di Domenico works as a nephrologist in Van Nuys, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Di Domenico include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Di Domenico is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Di Domenico honors. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Di Domenico completed his residency training at UPMC Presbyterian. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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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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