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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's area of specialization is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Langman's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Langman speaks French. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting 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 is a pediatric urologist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lindgren's clinical interests encompass hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Lindgren attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Lindgren's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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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 sees patients in Chicago, IL and Westchester, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric urology. Dr. Gong has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Gong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not currently 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Engel include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Engel has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is an urologist. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Perry attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Perry is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Prostate Surgery, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gal Finer sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Finer has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and then she performed her residency at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Finer is conversant in Hebrew. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Robert Nadler works as an urologist in Chicago, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Nadler takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Nadler 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 welcomes new patients.

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

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
210 S. Des Plaines
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir's areas of specialization are adult nephrology and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Chicago, IL and Libertyville, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Dr. Munir graduated from Nishtar Medical College. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Munir is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Stephanie Kielb works as an urologist. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Kielb honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Kielb completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is 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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All Interests: Incontinence, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney Cancer, Urologic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Debora Matossian is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). In Dr. Matossian's practice, she is particularly interested in kidney problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for her residency. Dr. Matossian is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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

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Specializes in Urology, Other
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 970
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis sees patients in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pessis has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Daniel Dalton works as an urologist. Dr. Dalton is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. His areas of clinical interest consist of bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Dalton's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton is accepting 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.