We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Craig Bradford Langman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue; Mail Stop #37
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Craig Langman is a pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) specialist. His areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Langman graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Langman trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2300 Children's Plaza; Box 24
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren practices pediatric urology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a special interest in hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lindgren has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Lindgren is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Ming-Iuan Gong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 7th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edward Gong is a pediatric urologist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and New Lenox, IL. Dr. Gong studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Gong focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Gong is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Ureter Problems, Consultation, Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Geoffery Engel, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Geoffery Engel is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Chicago, IL. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Engel's areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engel accepts. He is open to new patients. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Engel has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Kent T Perry Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kent Perry's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perry is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perry is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Gal Finer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Gal Finer is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She is especially interested in kidney problems. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Finer takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. After completing medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dr. Finer performed her residency at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She speaks Hebrew.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems, Plasmapheresis

Dr. Jawad Munir, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
210 S. Des Plaines
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir practices adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Munir takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Nishtar Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Wounds, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Debora Matossian, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Debora Matossian sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her areas of expertise include kidney problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Matossian honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Suite 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Nadler average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nadler is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Nadler graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nadler's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephanie J Kielb, MD
Specializes in Urology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Kielb's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. On average, patients gave Dr. Kielb a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Kielb is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Dennis Aaron Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 970
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis works as an urologist. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Pessis graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Dr. Daniel P Dalton, MD
Specializes in Urology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1835; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Dalton sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dalton is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dalton has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

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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.