We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Craig Langman's medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Langman performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has a special interest in osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Langman speaks French. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Langman's practice 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. 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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Gong's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Gong's medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Gong speaks Mandarin.

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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 works as a pediatric urologist. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindgren include hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lindgren trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Lindgren's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Lindgren welcomes 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 a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Engel's 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Engel's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and 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, who practices in Maywood, IL and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: 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. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Perry attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Perry has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Nadler is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Nadler's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Nadler include minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. 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 following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Chicago, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Kielb is 2.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Kielb is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kielb's office for an appointment. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for her residency.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney Cancer, Urologic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gal Finer specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and practices in Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Finer include kidney problems. Dr. Finer's professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. Dr. Finer 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. She speaks Hebrew.

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

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

Dr. Daniel Dalton's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dalton completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dalton is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Dalton welcomes 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 practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her clinical interests include kidney problems. Dr. Matossian takes 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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

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

Dr. Jawad Munir is an adult nephrology specialist. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Munir takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Nishtar Medical College. Dr. Munir's medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Pessis's clinical interests: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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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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