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We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Great-West Healthcare 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 specialty 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Langman has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he 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 has an open panel.

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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 specialist in pediatric urology. He works in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Patients gave Dr. Lindgren an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for 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. His hospital/clinic 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's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gong include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Gong attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Gong is conversant in Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has a closed panel.

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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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Engel's professional 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 accepting new patients. Dr. Engel obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed 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 is an urologist. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. Dr. Perry honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional 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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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's area of specialization is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in kidney problems. Dr. Finer honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Finer attended medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She speaks Hebrew. She 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: 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 is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Nadler takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nadler trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nadler's office for an appointment.

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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, Geriatrics
210 S. Des Plaines
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. Areas of expertise 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. His education and training includes medical school at Nishtar Medical College and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Munir takes. He has an open panel.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Chicago, IL. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Kielb takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kielb completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting 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 practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) in Chicago, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in kidney problems. Dr. Matossian is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for 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 is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Pessis attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Chicago, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dalton has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.