We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept HFN EPO near Geneva, IL.

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Dr. Michael Arshad Rashid, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
308 Randall Road; Suite C
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Michael Rashid's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Rashid performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His areas of expertise include sexual dysfunction, kidney stones, and urologic (genitourinary) cancer. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rashid accepts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. John Paul Plante, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
308 Randall Road; Suite C
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. John Plante's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Plante's areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Plante accepts. Dr. Plante's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. John G Christensen Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
308 Randall Road; Suite C
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. John Christensen is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Before performing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Christensen attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. His clinical interests include kidney stones, incontinence, and urodynamics (bladder and urethra function test). Dr. Christensen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Christensen has an open panel.

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Dr. Eric L Lenting, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
308 Randall Road; Suite C
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Eric Lenting is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Lenting's areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lenting welcomes new patients.

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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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