We found 26 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Medicare near Hines, IL.

Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi is an urologist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Alsikafi's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Alsikafi is not currently accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren, who practices in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Lindgren attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lindgren include hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lindgren is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Amitkumar Raman Patel, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Amit Patel is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Lombard, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and Winfield, IL. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and incontinence. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kent T Perry Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S 1st Avenue; 101-1740 Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Kent Perry's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Perry attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Perry's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Karen A Griffin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Karen Griffin is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Maywood, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. She is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Griffin is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Griffin attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Peritoneal Dialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahmer V Farooq, DO
Specializes in Urology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ahmer Farooq is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Maywood, IL, Burr Ridge, IL, and Hines, IL. After attending Midwestern University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones and robotic surgery. Dr. Farooq is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Farooq (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Robotic Surgery

Dr. David J Leehey, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. David Leehey is an adult nephrology specialist in Maywood, IL. These areas are among Dr. Leehey's clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Leehey's medical residency was performed at Michael Reese Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Dialysis, Kidney Problems

Dr. Thomas Maynard Tucker Turk, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S First Avenue; (300 N. York Road, Elmhurst, Il. 60128)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Turk works as an urologist. His clinical interests include kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and kidney cancer. Dr. Turk is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Holly J Mattix-Kramer, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 S First Avenue; 101-1740 Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Holly Kramer's area of specialization is adult nephrology. In her practice, Dr. Kramer focuses on kidney stones. Dr. Kramer honors Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Kramer attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Kramer is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems

Dr. Anis A Rauf, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 102
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Anis Rauf is a specialist in adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Rauf attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rauf (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Peritoneal Dialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey D Branch, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S First Avenue; (17w740 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, Il. 60181)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Branch specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Branch takes. Dr. Branch graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy Reversal, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julia Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Julia Schneider is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Schneider is conversant in Russian. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Schneider completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Chronic Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Anuradha Wadhwa, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Anuradha Wadhwa is an adult nephrology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Wadhwa include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. She is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Wadhwa attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Wadhwa honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Peritoneal Dialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin K Pandya, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
120 W 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL
 

Dr. Kevin Pandya specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Naperville, IL, Winfield, IL, and Oak Brook, IL. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pandya attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Pandya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Pandya's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis

Dr. John J Kritsas, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
950 N York Road; Suite 208
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. John Kritsas specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Kritsas studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Kritsas include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. On average, patients gave Dr. Kritsas a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kritsas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cystoscopy, Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavitha Vellanki, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Kavitha Vellanki's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Vellanki is a graduate of Siddhartha Medical College and a graduate of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital's residency program. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Vellanki (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vellanki's professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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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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