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 specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Langman include osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. Dr. Langman's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langman honors. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Langman obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He 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's specialty is pediatric urology. Dr. Lindgren's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. 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. Dr. Lindgren accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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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 medical specialty is pediatric urology. Dr. Gong is conversant in Mandarin. His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as 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. Geoffery Engel, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Geoffery Engel is an urologist in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Engel include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Engel is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Engel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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). Dr. Perry graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Perry's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Jawad Munir's specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Munir honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He graduated from Nishtar Medical College and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Munir's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. 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). She attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for medical school and subsequently trained at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. Dr. Finer is especially interested in kidney problems. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include 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 physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Nadler has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Nadler studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the distinction of 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 his office for an appointment.

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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 an urologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Kielb is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Kielb attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kielb's office for an appointment.

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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 is an urologist in Chicago, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Patients gave Dr. Dalton an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dalton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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 medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Matossian is especially interested in kidney problems. She is professionally 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. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis' medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Pessis's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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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