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 specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Langman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Langman attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Langman speaks French.

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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 works as a pediatric urologist. Dr. Lindgren's clinical interests encompass hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Lindgren is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is open to 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, who practices in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and New Lenox, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. Dr. Gong is conversant in Mandarin. Clinical interests for Dr. Gong include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. He welcomes 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 physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Engel's clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with 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. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Engel performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: 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 specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perry honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Perry completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Jawad Munir's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Munir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Clinical interests for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Munir attended medical school at Nishtar Medical College. Dr. Munir is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Gal Finer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Gal Finer practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) in Chicago, IL. She is especially interested in kidney problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finer accepts. Dr. Finer obtained her medical school training at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and performed her residency at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Finer 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nadler include minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Nadler is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nadler is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He 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. His 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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kielb's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Kielb trained 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. Dr. Kielb is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Debora Matossian works as a pediatric nephrologist in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Matossian include kidney problems. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Matossian trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matossian accepts.

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Dr. Dennis Aaron 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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pessis accepts. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Pessis studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. He 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). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dalton include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Dalton average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dalton honors. Dr. Dalton is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He 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.

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