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We found 25 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 works as an urologist. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Alsikafi's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Alsikafi has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Amit Patel practices urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and incontinence. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Lindgren practices pediatric urology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Winfield, IL. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a special interest in hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lindgren has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Lindgren is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Pandya practices adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Pandya is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Delnor Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Pandya (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi.

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

Dr. Olufenwa Famakinwa Milhouse, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Olufenwa Milhouse sees patients in Lombard, IL, Lisle, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Milhouse include kidney stones, uterine prolapse, and incontinence. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Uterine Prolapse, Incontinence, Kidney Stones

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 medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perry is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perry is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jean O Ung, MD
Specializes in Urology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 310
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jean Ung, who practices in Winfield, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and Lombard, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and infertility. Dr. Ung is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Before completing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Ung attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ung accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Infertility, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Anis Rauf, who practices in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Lombard, IL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. Dr. Rauf's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rauf (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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

Dr. Ernst W Lisek IV, MD
Specializes in Urology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 310
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Ernst Lisek is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Lisek's areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and infertility. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Lisek attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency.

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

Dr. Karen Griffin is a specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Griffin is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Griffin completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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 a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Farooq (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. In his practice, Dr. Farooq focuses on kidney stones and robotic surgery. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. Dr. Farooq's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Leehey is professionally affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Michael Reese Hospital for residency. 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 is an urologist in Maywood, IL. He is especially interested in kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI), and kidney cancer. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Turk graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Turk has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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

Dr. Julia Schneider practices adult nephrology in Maywood, IL and Hines, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneider include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is conversant in Russian.

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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 Mattix-Kramer is an adult nephrology specialist in Maywood, IL. She is especially interested in kidney stones. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Mattix-Kramer attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems

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

Dr. Jeffrey Branch works as an urologist. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Branch include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Branch is affiliated with 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.