We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Libertyville, IL.

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Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
151 W Golf Road
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi, who practices in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Alsikafi include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Alsikafi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Zion, IL). His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. John E Milner, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Milner is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Milner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Dr. Milner attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Dr. Joshua Robert Trob, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Trob's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Trob include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Trob is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven E Mutchnik, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mutchnik practices urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Mutchnik is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mutchnik's clinical interests include kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mutchnik is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Jawad Munir, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir, who practices in Chicago, IL and Libertyville, IL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Munir's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He attended Nishtar Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Dennis A Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
900 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 226
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Dr. Pessis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pessis has an open panel. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Pessis trained at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. H Merrill Matschke, MD
Specializes in Urology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 228
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. H. Matschke is an urologist. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Matschke's clinical interests: kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Matschke is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Matschke attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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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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