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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Alsikafi is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Alsikafi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. John E Milner, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Milner is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Milner's clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Milner's practice is open to new patients. 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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All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Kidney ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Mutchnik sees patients in Skokie, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Glenview, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mutchnik is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Mutchnik accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mutchnik's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Joshua Trob is an adult nephrology specialist in Libertyville, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. The average patient rating for Dr. Trob is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Trob is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Trob welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jawad Munir's specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Munir honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He graduated from Nishtar Medical College and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Dr. Munir's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to 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' medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Pessis's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pessis's office for an appointment.

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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 a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Matschke at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Matschke honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial 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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