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, who practices in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Clinical interests for Dr. Langman include osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. Dr. Langman accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Langman speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Edward Gong specializes in pediatric urology. Dr. Gong is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gong include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Gong attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gong is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Lindgren, who practices in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Lindgren attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lindgren include hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lindgren is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, ... (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 an urologist. His clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Engel completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Engel has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Kent Perry's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Perry attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Perry's office for an appointment.

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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 pediatric nephrologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Finer is especially interested in kidney problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and residency at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is conversant in Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Nadler's areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nadler honors. Dr. Nadler has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Stephanie Kielb sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kielb graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kielb's practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Chicago, IL. Dr. Dalton's areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Dalton attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Debora Matossian is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her areas of expertise include kidney problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. For her residency, Dr. Matossian trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

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

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pessis's 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.

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