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

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

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi practices urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alsikafi include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Alsikafi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Alsikafi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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

Dr. Jawad Munir's specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among Dr. Munir's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Nishtar Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Wounds, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Milner's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Milner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Dr. Milner attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven Mutchnik is an urologist in Skokie, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Glenview, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mutchnik include kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Mutchnik completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mutchnik is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis works as an urologist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of 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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Dr. Joshua Robert Trob, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Trob specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Libertyville, IL. In his practice, Dr. Trob focuses on kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Trob takes. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Trob performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. H. Matschke's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. Dr. Matschke is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Matschke is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. His practice is open to 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.