We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Interplan 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 nephrologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. In addition to English, he speaks French. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. Dr. Langman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Langman 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: 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 in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lindgren is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. The average patient rating for Dr. Lindgren is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lindgren's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in pediatric urology and practices in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and New Lenox, IL. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Gong include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Gong is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gong speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 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 an urologist. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Engel include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engel honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Engel 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. Dr. Perry's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Perry's office for an appointment. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Perry completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Perry has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Prostate Surgery, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jawad Munir practices adult nephrology in Chicago, IL and Libertyville, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Munir's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. He attended Nishtar Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, 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. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Suite 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Nadler include minimally invasive surgery, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Nadler is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nadler attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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. Her clinical interests include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kielb studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Kielb completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patient ratings for Dr. Kielb average 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Daniel Dalton works as an urologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Dalton honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Dalton is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dalton completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton welcomes 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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