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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 is a pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) specialist in Chicago, IL, Glenbrook, IL, and Northbrook, IL. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Langman trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Langman include osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langman accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Langman's 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. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2300 Children's Plaza; Box 24
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. On average, patients gave Dr. Lindgren a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindgren include urologic (genitourinary) disorders, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Lindgren attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lindgren completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Geoffery Engel, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Geoffery Engel is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Engel's clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Engel 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Engel's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Ming-Iuan Gong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; #24
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edward Gong specializes in pediatric urology and practices in Chicago, IL and Westchester, IL. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Gong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Gong attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Kent Perry is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Perry graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of 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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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Prostate Surgery, Kidney Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler is an urologist in Chicago, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Nadler honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Nadler 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. He has an open panel.

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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; Arkes 950
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Kielb is an urologist. Patients gave Dr. Kielb an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kielb is accepting new patients. 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.

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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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Finer include kidney problems. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Finer honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. After attending Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for medical school, Dr. Finer completed her residency training at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is conversant in Hebrew.

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

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Pessis's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Affiliated Urologists, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pessis takes. He is open to new patients. 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. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Pessis speaks German.

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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; Arkes 1835
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Dalton, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dalton accepts. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Dalton is accepting 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) in Chicago, IL. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Matossian include kidney problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Jawad Munir works as a nephrologist and geriatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Munir honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. He studied medicine at Nishtar Medical College. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Munir is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (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.